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In Quest of the Blue Bird / Takarazuka's Dream Kingdom




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English Title: In Quest of the Blue Bird / Takarazuka's Dream Kingdom
Japanese Title: 青い鳥を捜して / タカラヅカ・ドリーム・キングダム
Romanized Title: Aoi Tori o Sagashite/ Takarazuka Doriimu Kingudamu

Troupe: Snow
Year: 2004-2005
Performances:Grand Theater, 11/12 - 12/14; Tokyo Theater, 1/2 - 2/13
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/30; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 1/18

In Quest of the Blue Bird:

Based On:
Author/Director: Ishida Masaya
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreographer: Ai Erina, Irie Toshiaki
Shinjin Kouen Director: Suzuki Kei
Conductor (Takarazuka): Misaki Megumi
Conductor (Tokyo):

Takarazuka's Dream Kingdom:

Author/Director: Miki Akio, Fujii Daisuke, Saitou Yoshimasa
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Saitou Tsuneyoshi, Tama Shouichi, Aoki Tomoko, Oota Takeshi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, ANJU, KAZUMI-BOY, Wakao Risa

Available on DVD: Yes (release date 2/20/05) & VHS
DVD Scene/Music Cut: Yes
In Takarazuka Dream Kingdom: The first half of Asami Hikaru's dance in scene 5 (Rose A), and part of the beginning of scene 6 (Rose B) are without sound.

Cast

RoleMain CastShinjinkoen Cast
Jake MacNaughton (Managing director of the underwear maker El Grande)Todoroki Yuu Otozuki Kei
Vincent MacNaughton (Jake's younger brother)Asami Hikaru Ouki Kaname
Gina/Cate (Caretaker at a convent orphanage)Maikaze Rira Shirahane Yuri
Dennis Howard (Manager of actress Brenda Burton)Takashiro Kei Ozuki Tooma
Anthony MacNaughton (Jake's father, President of El Grande)Ritsu Tomomi Souno Haruto
Mother Florence (Covent mother superior)Kuni Natsuki Maisaki Rin
Old ornithomancerAsuka Yuu Sawane Kazuki
Barbara Brown (Woman to whom Anthony remarries)Akari Nami Asaki Yumemi
KonMiho Keiko Natsuo Komaki
Georges Kleber (Father of urchin Pierre)Mirai Yuuki Kibune Nao
Susan (Jake's secretary)Ai YoukoSuzuhana Risa
KirkMachika Meguru Manami Sora
Milborne (Employee of El Grande)Sou Kazuho Saou Kurama
Simone (Ex-employee of El Grande)Otozuki Kei Yamashina Ai
CorbanKibune Nao Hiiragi Tomoe
Brenda Burton (Actress, Jake's fiance)Shirahane Yuri Haruka Midori
SoninYamashina Ai Hanaka Yurin
ChanOuki Kaname Renjou Makoto
Pierre KleberOzuki Tooma Soraki Reika
MichelSaou Kurama Daigo Seshiru
Jake (as a boy)Mio Urara -
Vincent (as a boy)Hozuki Haruna -


Other Cast: Arisa Miho, Yuu Naoki, Yurika Shiho, Misumi Kanon, Hijiri Rei, Anjou Shiki, Morisaki Kaguya, Kaho Anna, Jin Reika, Kojou Yukino, Asakura Momoko, Tani Mizuse, Hanaoka Rara, Shiraho Rin, Mariki Towa, Hanao Konomi, Isaki Maoto, Aya Mizuki, Misaki Rei, Sahana Mako, Oonagi Mao, Yumeka Ayari, Aoi Fubuki, Shiyuu Mirei, Murasaki Itsumi, Yuuki Senju, Sen Hafuri, Saika Ryou, Maasa Hitomi, Junya Chitose, Satsuki Aina, Ootsuki Sayu, Aiki Yuma, Ouju Hirari, Suzuse Miuto, Kaon Yuuki, Aihara Mika, Karyou Shizuru, Asakaze Rei, Suzune Ryou, Chikaze Karen, Ouka Reno, Yoshino Honoka, Saika Ryou


Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


In Quest of the Blue Bird


On the top floor of a skyscraper in New York, a party is being held to announce the engagement of actress Brenda Burton to Jake MacNaughton, the son and heir of the president of El Grande, the number one underwear manufacturer in the U.S.A. While Jake is about to marry Brenda for publicity objectives for the company ; she who acts as El Grande's image character is to wed him because of his fortune and also for securing her career as an actress. In fact, Jake's father Anthony and Brenda's manager Dennis opposed the marriage and advised them to reconsider. Brenda and Jake only turned a deaf ear to their advice.

Jake's younger brother Vincent MacNaughton arrives at the party. They are not of the same blood but brothers by marriage. Vincent had at one time worked with Jake at El Grande. As he could no longer put up with Jake's inhumane way of management, he quit the company and started working as an Alpine rescuer. Jake takes advantage of Vincent's coming home to attend the party by trying to persuade him to again work for the company. Anthony also wishes Vincent to join Jake again in order to further expand the company. Anthony takes this occasion to tell his sons that he will remarry after handing over the reins of the company to Jake. Jake deplores Anthony's remarriage and becomes hard on him. At the sight of Jake treating Anthony harshly, Vincent recalls the day when they lost their mother Maria.

A few days after the betrothal party, Jake visits a clandestine factory in a southeast asian country. Vincent joins him in seeing this factory which is counterfeiting El Grande's products. Jake finds out that Vincent's rescue squad is about to disband due to financial difficulties. He offers financial aid to Vincent for his squad on condition that Vincent once again works for El Grande. At first Vincent reluctantly accepts for the sake of the squad. Shortly afterward, he changes his mind and promises Jake that he would work hard once he starts working. Jake rejoices at the determination of his younger brother and feels they are gradually restoring their brotherhood. It turns out that a poor local family is making the imitations of El Grande's products. Jake severely denounces the family for faking his products whereas Vincent asks him to forgive the family this once. Then, all of a sudden, they hear a bird singing. Jake looks up and sees the blue bird. He fancies that the bird is saying, "Please forgive them." He wonders if it is the blue bird that brings about happiness. Seized with a strange feeling, Jake abruptly forgives the family. As he is about to leave, a mysterious old man shows up. The old man offers to do some "ornithomancy (divination by bird)" for Jake in acknowledgement of his having forgiven the family. According to the old man, the bird which Jake chooses will tell the name of his fate. Jake thinks it impossible that a bird can tell the name of his fate, believing in modern science rather than divination. However, as soon as he sees the blue bird, he chooses it despite himself. The blue bird tells him, "Your fate is Gina Coulter." He has never heard that name before and with deep surprise he wonders who she is. The name continues to bother him although he judges the divination absurd. He heads for the airport with a memo on which the name of Gina Coulter is written.

A few days after their arrival home, Milborne and other employees of El Grande are busy preparing for the presentation of some new products. Among the telegrams congratulating their presentation of new products, Jake finds a telegram from Paris sent by a person named Gina Coulter. This second coincidence gives him an impulse to see the woman and decides to go to Paris in a hurry. Vincent, Brenda, Dennis and Jake's secretary Susan join him to find Gina.



Takarazuka's Dream Kingdom



Prologue : Visions

Two queens of the night show up under the sky adorned with glassy roses. Rosso in a crimson coat appears at the center of the stage and sings the theme song.

Rosso - Asami Hikaru


Act 1 : The Beginning of a Dream

A dream poet comes into the scene and declares the beginning of a dream, the account of a man who loved roses too much.

Pilot of dreams - Takashiro Kei


Act 2 : The Dream Kingdom A

Pretty roses show up one after another and charmingly dance in a heavenly beautiful rose garden.

Queen Rose - Maikaze Rira
Prince Rose - Takashiro Kei

Act 3 : The Dream Kingdom B

A rose collector comes out of a rose. The collector and rose stars sensually dance all together.

Rose collector - Todoroki Yuu
Queen Rose - Maikaze Rira
Prince Rose - Takashiro Kei

Act 4 : The Rose Collector

The rose collector wanders about in search of the rose of roses.

Rose collector - Todoroki Yuu

Act 5・6 : Rose A・B

A tango in passionate rhythm rolls out. A dancer Rosso with a legendary tattoo shows up from below the stage and dances at first slowly and then fervently. The stage changes into a secret tablao unnoticed.

Rosso - Asami Hikaru
Countess - Maikaze Rira

Act 7 : Rose C

The rose collector comes in the tablao. Rosso and the rose collector mysteriously and violently dance. The noblewomen join them. The rose collector falls victim to Rosso.

Rose collector - Todoroki Yuu
Rosso - Asami Hikaru
Countess - Maikaze Rira

Act 8 : A Crimson Dream

Rosso with dissatisfaction in mind serenely sings alone and leaves.

Rosso - Asami Hikaru
Countess - Maikaze Rira

Act 9 : A Pseudo Dream

A poet of deserts begins to sing the story of a fanciful white desert.

Poet of white deserts - Takashiro Kei

Act 10 A : At the End of the World Am

Serene nights dominate the end of the world.

White Wolf S - Todoroki Yuu
Male Lover - Asami Hikaru
Female Lover - Maikaze Rira


Act 10 B : At the End of the World B

White wolves perform a chorus line.


Act 11 A : White Streets

The silver desert disappears and stark white streets appear.

Male Lover - Asami Hikaru


Act 11 B : White Streets -Man and Woman-

People of the White Streets liven the midnight singing and dancing in medley.

Entertainer (singer) of the White Streets - Sou Kazuho


Act 11 C : White Streets -Stray-

The female lover comes in and wanders around looking for her beloved man.

Male Lover - Asami Hikaru
Female Lover - Maikaze Rira


Act 12 A・B : White Club -White Wolf A・B-

The white wolf hunting for the female lover strays into a club.

White Wolf S - Todoroki Yuu


Act 13 : White Station A

A poet gently speaks and sings to Jewelry Girl A tired of the love game.

Poet of the White Streets - Takashiro Kei


Act 14 A : White Station B

In a crowded street, the two lovers try to fight off White Wolf S who wants to prey on them.

White Wolf S - Todoroki Yuu
Male Lover - Asami Hikaru
Female Lover - Maikaze Rira


Act 14 B : White Station C

The lovers are separated from each other in the crowd.

Male Lover - Asami Hikaru
Female Lover - Maikaze Rira


Act 15 A : The Pitch-Black Sun -Black Sunrise- A

The white night ends and the morning comes.

Black collection man A - Takashiro Kei


Act 15 B : The Pitch-Black Sun -Black Sunrise-B

The black collections fly up to the black sky dancing all together.

Black collection man S - Asami Hikaru
Black collection woman S - Maikaze Rira


Act 16 : At the End of the World -A Pseudo Dream-

The pitch-black sun sets, and the scene changes into the earlier desert scene.

White Wolf S - Todoroki Yuu
Male Lover - Asami Hikaru
Female Lover - Maikaze Rira


Act 17 : A Dream Castle

A swallow freezing at the advent of winter flies to the Prince of Happiness who dedicated his dreams to Dream King.

Prince of Happiness - Takashiro Kei


Act 18 : A Sleeping Town

Far beyond a town in ruins, the Dream Castle appears in its half crumble shape. People who have become spiritless after dedicating their dreams to Dream King stand still in the ruins as if they were left behind in the flow of time. A young man who has become an insomniac and loses dreams comes in. The prince leads the young man to the Dream Castle.

Young man - Asami Hikaru
Prince of Happiness - Takashiro Kei


Act 19 : A Dream Hall

Dream King tells the young man that he will let the young man vividly see the dreams he must have dreamed. His dreams from fighting warriors, harem's beauties, etc. roll out. And when a bride puppet comes out, the young man falls in love with the puppet and cut its strings.

Dream King - Todoroki Yuu
Young man - Asami Hikaru
Prince of Happiness - Takashiro Kei


Act 20 : A Hall of Mirrors

At the moment the young man embraces the bride puppet, a banquet begins. His dream has at last come true. Dream King rejoices at the young man's encountering of his last dream. However, puppets corner the young man and rob him of his dream. The puppets become mad. The king hunts down the young man. The young man deprived of his dream falls down.

Dream King - Todoroki Yuu
Young man - Asami Hikaru
Bride puppet - Maikaze Rira
Price of Happiness - Takashiro Kei


Act 21 : Ending

As the king sings on the front bridge, the young man who himself has become a dream appears surrounded by meteors.

Dream King - Todoroki Yuu
Dream gentleman S - Asami Hikaru


Act 22・23 : Finale A・B

The dream gentleman in the center, gentlemen in black tail coats dance in the dreamy way of Takarazuka. Dream gentleman S and dream gentlewoman S join the gentlemen in black tail coats and all dance gorgeously.

Dream gentleman S - Todoroki Yuu / Asami Hikaru
Dream gentlewoman S - Maikaze Rira
Dream gentleman A - Takashiro Kei


Act 24 A・B : Finale C・D

The parade rolls out to the tune of assorted music themes.

Dream King - Todoroki Yuu / Asami Hikaru
Dream Queen - Maikaze Rira
Dream Prince - Takashiro Kei
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