Maeda Keiji / My Dream TAKARAZUKA
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English Title: Maeda Keiji - A Dreamer and a Hermit- / My Dream TAKARAZUKA
Japanese Title: 一夢庵風流記 前田慶次 / My Dream TAKARAZUKA
Romanized Title: Ichimuan Fuuryuuki Maeda Keiji / My Dream TAKARAZUKA
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 6/6 - 7/14; Tokyo Theater, 8/1 - 8/31
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 6/24; Tokyo Theater, 8/14
Maeda Keiji - a Dreamer and a Hermit
Based On: novel “Ichimuan Fuuryuuki” by Ryou Keiichirou
Author/Director: Oono Takuji
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Yamamura Waka
Conductor (Takarazuka): Misaki Megumi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oono Takuji
My Dream Takarazuka
Author/Director: Nakamura Kazunori
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato, Kuratomi Shinichi, Nakagawa Akira, Uzaki Ryuudou
Choreographer: Ieki Hiroshi, Hirasawa Satoshi, KAZUMI-BOY, Bryant Baldwin, Satou Chikanori
Conductor (Tokyo): Terashima Masao
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 08/28/14)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: Yes
Music replaced in Scene 18 of My Dream Takarazuka, “That’s Amore”.
|Maeda Keiji (The ultimate “Kabukimono,”a flamboyant masterless Samurai who lives freely. The nephew of the Daimyo Maeda Toshiie, who rules the districts of Kaga and Noto.)||Sou Kazuho||Tsukishiro Kanato|
|Matsu (The legal wife of Toshiie)||Manaka Ayu||Arisa Hitomi|
|Okumura Nagatomi (aka. Okumura Suke-emon - The chief vassal for the Maeda family. A close friend of Keiji.)||Sagiri Seina||Towaki Sea|
|Jirousaburou (a puppeteer)||Itsuki Chihiro||Shinjou Makara|
|Toyotomi Hideyoshi (The Grand Chancellor of the Realm)||Natsumi You||Ouji Kaoru|
|Oomandokoro Naka (Hideyoshi’s mother)||Rika Masumi||Ai Sumire|
|Fukakusaya Shige (Juudayuu’s sister)||Asaki Yumemi||Hoshino Anri|
|Yukimaru (a ronin who rose from being a page)||Misuzu Aki||Kiraha Reo|
|Kaga (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Maisaki Rin||Amane Sara|
|Maeda Toshiie (Keiji’s uncle; daimyo of Kaga and Noto Provinces)||Souno Haruto||Amatsuki Tsubasa|
|Fukasaka Juudayuu (kabukimono)||Yumeno Seika||Machi Yuuka|
|Utabikuni (Jirou Saburou’s companion)||Sahana Mako||Sakihi Miyu|
|Naoe Kanetsugu (chief retainer of the Uesugi)||Houshou Dai||Kanou Yuuri|
|Kana (Nagatomi’s sister; Matsu’s attendant)||Daigo Seshiru||Himehana Yukino|
|Unume (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Satsuki Aina||Hanae Chiho|
|Kuroda Kanbee (Hideyoshi’s tactician)||Renjou Makoto||Mizusa Ruru|
|Shouji Mataemon (a ronin; a puppeteer)||Karyou Shizuru||Kujou Asu|
|Houjou Ujinori (a warlord, Houjou Ujimasa’s younger brother)||Asakaze Rei||Yuuto Iriya|
|Kita no Mandokoro Nene (Hideyoshi’s principal wife)||Chikaze Karen||Subaru Hanaka|
|Ikushima (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Konohana Inori||Shiramine Yuri|
|Yasuda Yoshimoto (a vassal of the Uesugi)||Touma Kazuki||Senami Haya|
|Katsuragi (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Hinazuki Otoha||Aoi Miki|
|Sakon (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Shiranagi Suzu||Saizuki Tsukushi|
|Yamagami Doukyuu (a vassal of the Uesugi)||Ouga Mitsuki||--|
|Kuni (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Toumi Sarasa||Anno Konomi|
|Yotsui Shume (employed by the Maeda, the head of the nusugumi; Yukimaru’s younger brother)||Ayanagi Shou||Tachibana Kou|
|Kojima Ippei (kabukimono)||Oosumi Rei||Ayanami Keito|
|Hatsune (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Momohana Hina||Sara Anna|
|Sasamaru (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Mana Haruto||Houka Haruna|
|Kouzousu (a noble lady in the Kita no Mandokoro)||Shouno Chio||--|
|Fukakusa Juuzaburou (Juudayuu’s younger brother)||Ayakaze Sakina||Kazushiro Runa|
|Toda Shigemasa (a vassal of the Maeda)||Hokaze Narumi||Minazuki Maki|
|Kohagi (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Maisono Ruri||Tsukihana Yukino|
|Ganninbouzu (Jirou Saburou’s companion)||Kujou Asu||Suwa Saki|
|Takamaru (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Kiraha Reo||Kanami Sena|
|Chiyo (Matsu’s maid servant)||Amane Sara||Irodori Michiru|
|Shichikenjaya Kaka (proprietess of a tea house)||Anno Konomi||--|
|Uesugi Kagekatsu (daimyo of Echigo Province)||Yuuto Iriya||--|
|Gin (a female puppeteer)||Subaru Hanaka||--|
|Fune (a kabukimono hanger-on)||Ai Sumire||Karen Emiri|
|Karu (a kabukimono hanger-on)||Hoshino Anri||Hizakura Honori|
|Mouri Terumoto (a daimyo from the Chugoku Region)||Ouji Kaoru||--|
|Shouji Jinnai (Mataemon’s son)||Tsukishiro Kanato||Hinata Haruki|
|Shimazu Yoshihiro (daimyo of Oosumi Province)||Amatsuki Tsubasa||--|
|Tsune (a kabukimono hanger-on)||Hanae Chiho||Yumenoka Mai|
|Kame (a kabukimono hanger-on)||Shiramine Yuri||Nonoka Himari|
|Shibata Kyuudayuu (a page of the Maeda)||Kazushiro Runa||Riou Jun|
|Toku (a kabukimono hanger-on)||Hizakura Honori||--|
|Sutemaru (a ninjutsu from a nusumigumi)||Sakihi Miyu||Seina Nozomi|
Other Cast: Manazuki Kou †
† Announced 6/6/14 - due to injury Manazuki Kou was absent from the Takarazuka performances. 7/13/14 it was announced that she would be absent from the entire Tokyo run as well.
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Maeda Keijiro Toshimasu is the ultimate “kabukimono,” as he rides the magnificent horse “Matsukaze,” which is nearly mistaken as the embodiment of evil, while wielding a vermillion-patterned spear. As the eldest son of Maeda Toshihisa, the lord of the Arako castle in Owari, Keiji had once been in the position of taking over as the head of his family. But the title was handed over to Keiji’s uncle, Maeda Toshiie, after Toshihisa incurred the displeasure of Oda Nobunaga, who would unify Japan by force, because Toshihisa had detested war. Conflict with Toshiie had led to Keiji setting out on an aimless journey together with Toshihisa.
Keiji eventually returns to Kaga, which is ruled by Toshiie. The people know him as a kabukimono, who are masterless samurai who shock people with their flamboyant appearance and outlandish behavior.
A cold wind of winter blasts through Kanazawa in Kaga. Seats for an open-air tea ceremony are laid out in the garden of Keiji’s estate, even though the weather is so cold that ice forms. On the recommendation of his very close friend, Okumura Suke-emon, a ceremony is to be held with Toshiie invited to attend. Once Toshiie appears at the estate, Keiji, who is in the habit of shocking and surprising people, treats his guest with hospitality, a move that is actually part of a plan. Toshiie is shaking in anger. But with no way of dealing with the ferocious Matsukaze and Keiji, who is relentlessly pointing his spear, Toshiie returns home, running at full speed. As Keiji watches him flee, he apologizes to Suke-emon for his behavior. At the same time, he expresses firm determination: Dying while under the rule Toshiie of Kaga would be an intolerable thing, would it not? Suke-emon, who senses these thoughts, silently hands him a bag of gold. The gift is from Toshiie’s wife Matsu, who has entrusted it with Suke-emon to assist Keiji. The pair, Keiji and Matsu, had spent many days of their childhood together in Arako.
The nature of their relationship was clear to everyone. But on Nobunaga’s orders, Matsu was to become Toshiie’s wife. Even after her marriage, she still took an interest in the affairs of Keiji. Keiji, having distanced himself from the Maeda family and steeling himself for the life of a kabukimono, leaves the Kaga realm together with Matsukaze, deeply in love with the thoughts of Suke-emon and Matsu.
Time passes on. Keiji eventually makes it to the capital of Kyoto. All of Japan is under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the land is now thought to be a peace. But in an era when someone can become a supreme ruler overnight, there are still Daimyo throughout the country who have yet to yield to Hideyoshi, like smoldering embers. Despite the mores of the era, Keiji is a lover of freedom and he lives by following his heart. Even so, such an open-minded approach will become caught up in the motives of people who want to use his success for their own secret ends.
My Dream TAKARAZUKA
Various dreams exist in each and every person’s life, as with the dreams created by the Takarazuka Revue, which marks its centenary. The dreams of travelers, young people and lovers comprise this revue. A memorial song assembled by Uzaki Ryudo and Aki Yoko will set the tone for the last stage appearance by Sou Kazuho.
- The final performance for Top Combi Sou Kazuho and Manaka Ayu.
- Also the final performance for Vice Kumichou Asaki Yumemi, Misuzu Aki, Shiranagi Suzu, Oosumi Rei, Amane Sara and Subaru Hanaka.
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