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Orpheus in Spiral / Nova Bossa Nova




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English Title: Orpheus in Spiral / Nova Bossa Nova
Japanese Title: 螺旋のオルフェ / ノバ・ボサ・ノバ
Romanized Title: Rasen no Orufe / Noba Bosa Noba

Troupe: Moon
Year: 1999
Performances: Grand Theater, 5/14 - 6/21; 1000days Theater, 8/20 - 9/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 6/8; 1000 Days Theater, 8/31

Orpheus in Spiral:

Based On: n/a
Author/Director: Ogita Kouichi
Composer: Takahashi Kuni
Choreographer: Ueshima Yukio, Iga Yuuko, Kawasaki Etsuko

Nova Bossa Nova:

Based On: n/a
Author: Kamogawa Seisaku
Adaptor/Director: Kusano Akira
Composer: (Original) Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, (1999) Takahashi Kuni, Miyahara Tooru
Choreographer: (Original) Kita Hiroshi, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao, Tsukasa Konomi, (1999) Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Muromachi Akane, Ueshima Yukio, Iga Yuuko, Miori Yumino
Shinjin Kouen Director: Suzuki Kei

Available on DVD: Yes (musical only) (release date 03/27/09) / Musical and revue were released on VHS
DVD Scene/Music Cut: None

Cast

RoleCast
Yves Blanchet (former Nazi youth)Makoto Tsubasa
Adèle Valéry (resistance spy) / Lucile Valéry (Adèle’s younger sister)Dan Rei
Arion (a spirit exorcist)Shibuki Jun
Roger (member of the French secret service)Hatsukaze Midori
Antoine (a punk college dropout)Yamato Yuuga
Vergès (a welfare worker. Actually an eastern spy)Shiomi Maho
Gaston (Vergès’s men)Kaji Yuuki
Auguste (Marseille’s mafia)Oozora Yuuhi
Mireille (only daughter of the don of the Marseille’s mafia)Chihiro Reika
Leon (Antoine’s friend)Kiriya Hiromu
Francois (a former revue star)Yashiro Kou
Hanussen (called the magician of Berlin)Ritsu Tomomi
Dominique (member of the French secret service)Natsukawa Yura
Destin (Paris policeman)Mayama Haru
Bernard (Paris policeman)Nashiro Aoi
Nadia (Adèle’s resistance friend)Mihara Shiho
Madam Chaille (Adèle’s resistance friend)Rika Masumi
Jules (Adèle’s resistance friend)Kouki Subaru
Sofia (daughter of a resistance member)Mizusawa Hazuki
Edouard (Lucile’s adopted brother)Yoshizuki Eri
Sybil (sorceress)Natsuno Saki
Claude (Antoine’s Associate)Narumi Jun
Mia (Antoine’s girlfriend)Saijou Mie
Jean (Antoine’s friend)Keiju Mana
Pascal (Antoine’s friend)Isshiki Ruka
Marcel (smuggling broker)Ujou Kaoru
Heinrich (a feld Germany)Koshino Ryuu
Simone (citizen of Paris)Hoshino Hitomi *
Crown (citizen of Paris)Ryouga Haruhi
The Shadow of YvesHokushou Kairi


Other Cast: Suzuna Mio, Honami Aria, Mizushima Aoi, Kitajima Mami, Misugi Chika, Sonomiya Reina, Taiju Maki, Kitahara Rima, Akane Mitsuki, Arika Jun, Kou Suzuka, Kazaho Yuuri, Ayura Kao, Kanon Shiori, Asama Moyu, Akizuki Shou, Hanase Mizuka, Takigawa Sueko, Chigusa Kotomi, Madoka Sakura, Ayadori Kanna, Kusunoki Keika †, Mamiya Yuki ††, Memu Chisato, Ken Ruisu, Kanou Chika, Takaki Amane, Koizumi Kirara, Shijou Rui, Natsume Rin, Ayane Eika, Houjou Rumi, Fuuga Minato, Moeki Ayato, Moeki Ayato, Seo Mitsuki, Shirahane Yuri, Yukina Tsugumi, Asabuki Yuika

85th Class (Grand Theater only): Mihou Aya, Yuzuki Reon, Miwa Asahi, Sakura Ichika, Otoki Sunao, Kamizuki Akane, Takamiya Rina, Nanase Kira, Maisaki Rin, Suzushiro Marina, Emi Kurara, Souno Haruto, Yamashina Ai, Nanaho Hikaru, Mano Sugata, Morisaki Kaguya, Mashiro Fuari, Shikibu Iroha, Hanagata Hikaru, Jin Reika, Amagiri Mayo, Aoki Izumi, Umezono Sachi, Otono Izumi, Hazuki Sara, Minami Mari, Oomi Ako, Hanagiri Wakana, Hanamori Mayuri, Toki Irisu, Kosaki Hiyori, Tenshou Yuuri, Ginga Ami, Kaho Anna, Mineki Ayato, Ayana Oto, Amano Hotaru, Jun Aira, Hiiragi Tomoe, Otose Shuka

Kaji Yuuki was absent for the entire Takarazuka run, so Narumi Jun covered the role of Gaston as well as Claude.
Narumi Jun was absent for part of the Tokyo run, and her role was played by Kusunoki Keika.
†† Mamiya Yuki was absent for part of the Takarazuka run.
* After Hoshino Hitomi retired, the role of Simone was not filled.

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Paris, 1950. Although the war is over, a new world has begun with the east and west sundered. Yves Blanchet is caught in a never-ending nightmare.

Lucile has come to Paris from Belgium with her step-brother in search of her older sister Adèle. Adèle had remained behind during the war and joined the French resistance, and was shot by a German officer, but it seems no one knows what happened to her in the end. Only the savior of the resistance, Yves Blanchet, knows.

Lucile and her brother Edouard are shown around Paris by Vergès, who is actually a Soviet spy. Verges is following Yves, who was once known as Major von Lebenburg, and was one of the Nazi officers in occupied Paris during the war. He guards the switch to a sleeping bomb somewhere in Paris. Because of this, two French secret service agents are following and reporting his every move.

Yves is lost in the darkness of the underside of Paris, but he can never leave the city, because Adèle is here... A spirit exorcist named Arion has her soul trapped.

And then Adèle’s living image appears to him in the form of her sister Lucile and frozen time begins to move again.... What dark secrets from the past will be revealed?

Nova Bossa Nova


Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen
Sol (a chivalrous thief)Makoto Tsubasa Kiriya Hiromu
Ouro (a thief)Shibuki Jun Narumi Jun
Estrela (a young woman sightseeing)Dan Rei Hanase Mizuka
Mar (a peddlar)Hatsukaze Midori Yamato Yuuga
Brisa (a peddlar girl. Mar’s fiance)Chihiro Reika Saijou Mie
Father Lua (a naive priest)Yamato Yuuga Ayura Kao
Sister Mama (a nun wooing Father Lua)Yoshizuki Eri Taiju Maki
Mrs. Mel (Estrela’s mother)Shiomi Maho Koshino Ryuu
Labios (a peddlar girl in love with Ouro)Saijou Mie Kanou Chika
Bolso (Ouro’s follower)Oozora Yuuhi Hokushou Kairi
Bolo (a boy who adores Sol)Hanase Mizuka Koizumi Kirara
PeiroKaji Yuuki Keiju Mana
Kiriya Hiromu Kusunoki Keika
Narumi Jun Shijou Rui
- Mamiya Yuki
PoliceRitsu Tomomi Arika Jun
Mayama Haru Isshiki Ruka
Madam XNatsukawa Yura Mizusawa Hazuki
Madam GadoHoshino Hitomi Kitahara Rima
VenusMizusawa Hazuki Kanou Chika
Door BoyHokushou Kairi Yuzuki Reon

  • Kaji Yuuki was absent for the entire Daigekijou run and Narumi Jun was absent for part of the Tokyo run. Their roles were played by Kusunoki Keika.
  • Mamiya Yuki was absent for part of the Daigekijou run, includingthe shinjinkoen.
  • During the Tokyo run, the role of Madame Gado was performed by Natsuno Saki.
  • Because Yuzuki Reon was assigned to Hoshigumi, the Door Boy was played by Natsume Rin in the Tokyo shinjinkoen.

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


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 sleezing 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.

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