Nova Bossa Nova / A Second Fortuitous Meeting
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English Title: Nova Bossa Nova －Carnival of Thievery－ / A Second Fortuitous Meeting －My only shinin’ star－
Japanese Title: ノバ･ボサ･ノバ －盗まれたカルナバル－ / めぐり会いは再び －My only shinin’ star－
Romanized Title: Noba Bosa Noba －Nusumareta Karunebaru－ / Meguriai wa Futatabi －My only shinin’ star－
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 04/15 - 05/16; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 06/03 - 07/03
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 05/03; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 06/16
Nova Bossa Nova:
Author: Kamogawa Seisaku
Director: Fujii Daisuke
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, Yoshida Yuuko, Aoki Tomoko, Teshima Kyouko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Muromachi Akane, Ueshima Yukio, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa
Conductor (Takarazuka): Misaki Megumi
Conductor (Tokyo): Misaki Megumi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Noguchi Kousaku
A Second Fortuitous Meeting:
Based On: Marivaux’s “The Game of Love and Chance”
Author/Director: Koyanagi Naoko
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, KAZUMI-BOY
Conductor (Takarazuka): Ooyagi Yasushi
Conductor (Tokyo): Kiyokawa Tomomi
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 06/29/11)
DVD Scene/Music Cut: Yes
From ‘Nova Bossa Nova’: Scene 6A “Quiereme Mucho” (singers: Yumesaki Nene, Suzumi Shio, Yumeno Seika, Kurenai Yuzuru, Shirahana Remi) music is replaced.
Nova Bossa Nova:
♦¦ 4/15 - 4/28: Ouro, Yumeno Seika; Mar, Kurenai Yuzuru; Mrs. Mel, Makaze Suzuho; Madam Gado, Marino Yui
♦¦ 4/29 - 5/09: Ouro, Kurenai Yuzuru; Mar, Makaze Suzuho; Mrs. Mel, Yumeno Seika; Madam Gado, Kawai Mizuho
♦¦ 5/10 - 5/16: Ouro, Makaze Suzuho; Mar, Yumeno Seika; Mrs. Mel, Kurenai Yuzuru; Madam Gado, Otohana Yuri
♦¦ 6/03 - 6/10: Ouro, Yumeno Seika; Mar, Makaze Suzuho; Mrs. Mel, Kurenai Yuzuru; Madam Gado, Marino Yui
♦¦ 6/11 - 6/24: Ouro, Makaze Suzuho; Mar, Kurenai Yuzuru; Mrs. Mel, Yumeno Seika; Madam Gado, Otohana Yuri
♦¦ 6/25 - 7/03: Ouro, Kurenai Yuzuru; Mar, Yumeno Seika; Mrs. Mel, Makaze Suzuho; Madam Gado, Kawai Mizuho
A Second Fortuitous Meeting:
|Dorante Vespert (An aristocratic youth and son of Duke Vespert)||Yuzuki Reon|
|Silvia d’Orgon (Daughter of Count Orgon)||Yumesaki Nene|
|Count Orgon (Feudal lord of Phosphor)||Ema Naoki|
|Countess Largo (Lover of Lucidor)||Mari Yuzumi|
|Fomalhaut (Leader of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Miki Chigusa|
|Mario d’Orgon (Older brother of Silvia)||Suzumi Shio|
|Electra (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Marino Yui|
|Canopus (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Mishiro Ren|
|Procyon (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Amagiri Mayo|
|Spica (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Kawai Mizuho|
|Rigel (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Otohana Yuri|
|Grue (Servant to the Orgon household)||Tsurumi Mayuu|
|Lucidor Graphith (Royal Chevalier and Deputy Knight)||Yumeno Seika|
|Albireo (Older sister of Silvia)||Hisaki Seara|
|Bourguignon (Dorante’s attendant)||Kurenai Yuzuru|
|Graffias (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Aomi Rima|
|Lisette (Silvia’s maid)||Shirahana Remi|
|Castor (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Ichijou Azusa|
|Agis Le Cain (The 24th prince in line to the throne in the Le Cain Kingdom)||Miya Rurika|
|Sirius (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Kisaragi Ren|
|Blanc (Servant to the Orgon household)||Shirotae Natsu|
|Capella (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Minakaze Rina|
|Corine <Hermidas> (Leonid’s maidservant)||Kitori Mariya|
|Julius (Butler to the Orgon household)||Tenju Mitsuki|
|Leonid de Lowell (Fauchon de Lowell; Daughter of Count Lowell)||Otoha Minori|
|Mira (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Yuuka Riko|
|Hermocrate Oswell Marquis (A playwright and the son of Count Oswell, whose realm is a remote region)||Makaze Suzuho|
|Aria (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Yumeki Anru|
|Keter (Agis’ servant)||Serika Toa|
|Chokhmah (Agis’ servant)||Toa Reiya|
|Colette (Agis’ maidservant)||Saotome Wakaba|
|Altair (Member of the troupe performing at the Star Festival)||Mao Yuuki|
Other Cast: Kai Hayato, Asato Mao, Shiotsuki Shuu‡ , Shingetsu Saku, Hishiro Yua, Masabuki Minori, Seki Yurito, Kizaki Reo, Shizuki Otone, Wakanatsu Ayame, Yumeshiro Eren, Sorano Miyu, Tamahana Yufu, Oushina Yuu, Marina Mayu, Sazanami Reira‡, Hyuuga Ran, Shouma June, Hinatano Karin, Hiroka Yuu‡ , Outsu Risa, Ouzuki Akari, Mai Hinano, Seo Yuria, Renju Kouki, Otosaki Itsuki, Shiratori Yuriya, Gojou Marina, Takuto Rei, Asamizu Ryou‡ , (Tokyo) Rui Makise, Umino Mitsuki, Himeno Ree, Ayaki Hikari, Yumeto Asami, Ouha Mirai, Asahina Aoi, Himesaki Mirei, Mizusa Ruru
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Nova Bossa Nova
This is a famous revue which has been performed eight times by Takarazuka Revue, beginning in 1971. It incorporates well-known Spanish songs with new Japanese ones to tell the story of Sol, Estrela, Ouro, and Brisa. The only spoken dialogue in the revue is the priest and the nun, plus one line each by Sol and Estrella. The rest is told through song, or acted out.
Rio de Janeiro in South America. Once every year a carnival takes place for three days and three nights. Everyone is excitedly preparing for the big event.
The revue opens with a scene introducing the main characters. They sing happily about the sea and the sky. Later, Sol and Ouro each rob a bank with their young helpers. They meet and Ouro is instantly jealous of Sol. He tries to best him in coolness, but Sol throws money to the crowd and departs with their shrieking loyalty. Later, Sol dons a ragged disguise to hide from the police. He manages to misdirect them and disappears.
That night, everyone goes to the tango club. Ouro is sleazing up to Estrella, desperate to get his paws on her diamond necklace. He steals it without her noticing, then Sol tricks him into giving it up, and then Ouro’s follower pulls a gun and takes it back. Sol takes a nasty knock over the head.
Mar and Brisa are happily walking along in the night singing of their love. Bolo, Sol’s helper, comes to beg Mar’s help to get the dizzy thief home. While she’s waiting for Mar to return, Brisa hears sirens. Ouro comes running by, the police in pursuit. He sees an opportunity and grabs her, kissing her passionately to throw the police off. Dazed, Brisa lets Ouro lead her away.
The next day Brisa and Ouro, and Sol and Estrela and dancing on the beach. Everyone is happy and celebrating carnival. Suddenly, Mar appears. He is looking frantically through the crowds for Brisa. He finds her dancing passionately with Ouro and is enraged. The two men fight, trying to posses Brisa. Ouro thinks he has won, and then Mar pulls his knife and lunges. Brisa is caught between them.
Mar is devastated, as is Ouro. Both men sing in sorrow and distress. Eventually, Ouro is comforted by Labios. Mar is arrested, but Sol sends Bolo to bribe the guards and free him. Mar is happy to have a new chance at life. Everyone dances for the joy of life.
Later that night, while Bolso, Ouro’s follower, is getting ready for carnival, the diamond necklace is stolen. It eventually ends up in the hands of Madam X, a woman in a female-only nightclub. Both Sol and Ouro don female disguises to go in in pursuit of the necklace. Eventually it is Sol who emerges triumphantly, and he returns the necklace to Estrela.
The next morning Estrela must leave Rio de Janiero. She and Sol say their goodbyes, and Sol is sad to watch her go. As she leaves, she drops her necklace. After an internal battle, the thief returns it to her mother. Not seconds after she goes off stage, however, we hear a cry and Bolso runs past with the necklace once more. Sol trips him, and the necklace flies through the air to land at the feet of Lua and Mama. Mama adds it to her collection box. Sol laughs and goes to join the last of the carnival.
A Second Fortuitous Meeting
Based on the 17th century romantic comedy by Marivaux, this is the tale of a man and a woman who are intended to marry who switch places with two strangers in order to observe their intended partner, and what happens because of this switch. Koyanagi Naoko’s Grand Theater debut.
From the Hankyu Website:
A tale from the fairly distant past. In the village of Phosphor on the day of the Star Festival, when once a year the “star in the center of the north” rises to its highest height, there was a legend that lovers who pray for love under the village’s sacred tree of Yggdrasil will be happy for eternity.
One day in the early afternoon, Dorante Vespert, son of Duke Vespert, is traveling together with his attendant Bourguignon along a country road leading to Phosphor, a territory of the Count of Orgon. It has been decided to hold a contest to find a groom for the Count’s daughter, Silvia, who is a great beauty according to the rumors circulating in the royal city. Dorante decides to visit the Orgon residence as a candidate. Count Orgon’s family may rule a rural region, but it is still wealthy and owns vast amounts of land. On the other hand, Dorante’s marriage to Silvia would secure the future of the Vespert family, which has status but little in the way of money. Dorante, however, is a bit of a misogynist who is skeptical on the idea of love and unhappy with the idea of being evaluated as a prospective groom. Bourguignon soothes his reluctant master. An itinerant troupe appears. They are making preparations to stage entertainment in celebration of today’s Star Festival. But the group is in a quandary: a playwright has disappeared before finishing the essential conclusion to the script for their play. Dorante, a fan of the dramatic arts, asks what the performance is about. He is told it is the story of a prospective bride and bridegroom, both with a perverse sense of humor, who agree to disguise themselves as others so as to observe their respective partners. This gives Dorante an idea: that he and Bourguignon switch roles in an attempt to evaluate Silvia.
Around the same time, Silvia, the central figure in the contest to select a groom, reveals to her father her resistance to marriage. When Count Orgon asks why, her brother Mario explains that the reason is her broken heart. Silvia, however, expounds on her desire to marry only after determining the true nature of her partner, rather than being swayed by superficial attraction. Mario tells her that her idea is in parallel with the plot of a play written by one of his friends. This makes Silvia consider a plan to trade places with her attendant Lisette so that she can observe her prospective husband. Intrigued by her brother’s remark, Silvia persuades her father to play along. And so, the two women switch roles.
Dorante and four prospective bridegrooms arrive one after another at the residence of Count Orgon. One is Lucidor, Royal Chevalier and Deputy Knight. He is participating in the selection in order to resolve a long but unproductive relationship with Countess Largo. Agis, the 24th prince in line to the minor Le Cain Kingdom, is disillusioned by his position as the last-born son of his impoverished realm. He is presenting himself as a prospective groom out of a desire for a glamorous life in a powerful realm. The other disingenuous participants include Fauchon, son of Lord Lowell. But this Fauchon is in fact Leonid, Fauchon’s younger sister who is disguised as him. Leonid is madly in love with Silvia’s older brother Mario. But she has been ordered to keep her distance from Mario after she had been following him obsessively. Keen to be by his side, she switches with Fauchon to become one of the suitors and manages to get inside the Orgon residence. A fifth person is Hermocrate, who is depressed over his lack of talent and ability and has been put forward in the contest by this father. A friend of Mario’s, he is also the playwright whose whereabouts the traveling troupe is searching.
So we have Dorante, playing the attendant Bourguignon, and Silvia, who has similarly traded places with the servant Lisette. Their goals are unique, to determine their respective partners’ true persona. What will be the fate of this grand play concocted by Dorante and Silvia? All of the actors and actresses are present, and the curtain rises on the “selection for a groom.”
- Nova Bossa Nova was first written and performed by the Revue in 1971. It has been revived in 1972, 1976, and most recently by Moon Troupe and Snow Troupe in 1999.
- The Revue did another adaption of “The Game of Love and Chance” with the Flower Troupe Bow Hall The Labyrinth of Loving You in 1997.
- Final performance for Amagiri Mayo, Hisaki Seara and Masabuki Minori.
- Hatsubutai for the 97th class.
- An “Eve of Festivities” performance was held for Nova Bossa Nova on April 4th. OGs Maho Shibuki, Gou Chigusa, and Makoto Tsubasa made guest appearances.
- Due to injury, Oushina Yuu was absent from the Eve of Festivities.
- † Due to injury, Asamizu Ryou was absent from 4/26 - 5/1.
- † Due to poor health, Shiotsuki Shuu was absent from 6/18 - 6/24.
- † Due to injury, Hiroka Yuu will be absent until further notice. She was thus absent for the Tokyo shinjin kouen on 6/16.
- † Due to injury, Sazanami Reira was absent from 4/28 until the end of the Grand Theater run on 5/16. She was thus absent for the shinjin kouen on 5/3; her intended role of Mrs. Mel was played by Makaze Suzuho, and Makaze’s role of the Door Boy was covered by Shidou Ryuu.
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