Maximilien Robespierre, the Revolutionary / Super Voyager!
Picture Credit: Gabby | Official Chirashi
English Title: A Passage Through the Light ~Maximilien Robespierre, the Revolutionary~ / Super Voyager! －To the Seas of Hope－
Japanese Title: 『ひかりふる路（みち） 〜革命家、マクシミリアン・ロベスピエール〜』 /『SUPER VOYAGER!』 －希望の海へ－
Romanized Title: Hikari Furu Michi ~Kakumeika, Makushimirian Robesupiēru~ / SUPER VOYAGER! －Kibou no Umi e－
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 2017/11/10 - 12/15; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 01/02 - 02/11
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/28; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 01/25
Maximilien Robespierre, the Revolutionary:
Based On: The life of of Maximilien Robespierre
Author / Director: Ikuta Hirokazu
Composer: Frank Wildhorn
Music Director/Adaptor: Oota Takeshi
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Sakuragi Ryousuke
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nishino Jun
Shinjin Kouen Director: Sashida Tamako
Author / Director: Noguchi Kousaku
Composer: Aoki Tomoko, Teshima Kyouko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Masaki Rino, ANJU, ASUKA-TAKAHASHI, Mitsui Satoshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nishino Jun
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 02/08/18)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 02/08/18)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: Yes
Scene 9: “Ai no Makugire (La Rupture)” (Saou Kurama) - music replaced
|Maximilien Robespierre, a central figure in the French Revolution||Nozomi Fuuto||Aya Ouka|
|Marie-Anne, gets close to Robespierre, although her motives are unknown||Maaya Kiho||Jun Hana|
|Georges Jacques Danton, Minister of Justice of the French Republic, friend of Robespierre||Ayakaze Sakina||Kanou Yuuri|
|Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French statesman||Natsumi You||Hinata Haruki|
|Camille Desmoulins, revolutionary and journalist, Robespierre’s friend||Saou Kurama||Towaki Sea|
|Madame Renault||Rika Masumi||Irodori MIchiru|
|Marie-Anne’s mother||Maisaki Rin||Haori Yuuka|
|Olympe de Gouges, a feminist activist||Maisaki Rin||Sara Anna|
|Renault, runs a printing shop||Souno Haruto||Yume Maoto|
|Claire, a feminist activist||Sahana Mako||Haori Yuuka|
|Théroigne, a feminist activist||Satsuki Aina||Yumenoka Mai|
|Pauline, a feminist activist||Chikaze Karen||Kotohane Riri †|
|Jean-Marie Roland, member of the Girondist party||Touma Kazuki||Kanami Sena|
|Madame Manon Roland, Roland’s wife, so called ‘Queen of the Girondists’||Ayanagi Shou||Seina Nozomi|
|Joseph Fouché, member of the Jacobin party||Mana Haruto||Houka Haruna|
|Georges Couthon, Robespierre’s friend, member of the Jacobin party||Kujou Asu||Manomiya Rui|
|Freron, member of the Jacobin party||Kiraha Reo||Seika Rian|
|Duke of Braunschweig, Commander of the allied Prussian-Austrian forces||Kiraha Reo||Manomiya Rui|
|Antoine de St-Just, Robespierre’s friend, member of the Jacobin Party||Asami Jun||Suwa Saki|
|Isabelle, a feminist activist||Ai Sumire||Arisu Himeka|
|Jacques Pierre Brissot, member of the Girondist party||Ouji Kaoru||Shiose Kazami|
|Marie-Anne’s father||Ouji Kaoru||Kanami Sena|
|Jean-Lambert Tallien, member of the Jacobin party||Amatsuki Tsubasa||Asazumi Mare|
|Collot d’Herbois, President of the National Convention||Tachibana Kou||Ichika Ao|
|Maurice Duplay, Éléonore’s father||Tachibana Kou||Asazumi Mare|
|Gabrielle Danton, Georges Jacques’ wife||Asazuki Kiwa||Yumi Serina|
|Monique, a feminist activist||Himehana Yukino||Mika Monami|
|Pierre Vergniaud, member of the Girondist party||Machi Yuuka||Mochizuki Atsuno|
|Bird seller||Karen Emiri||Maaya Kiho|
|Philippe Le Bas, Robespierre’s friend, member of the Jacobin party||Towaki Sea||Agata Sen|
|Louis XVI||Kanou Yuuri||Asato Mire|
|Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne, member of the Jacobin party||Kanou Yuuri||Asato Mire|
|Augustine Robespierre, Maximilien’s brother||Aya Ouka||Mayuzuki Rea|
|Éléonore Duplay, daughter of Robespierre’s landlord||Seina Nozomi||Sakuraba Mai|
|François, member of the Girondist party||Kanami Sena||Mareha Rinto|
|General Dumouriez, member of the Girondist party, General of the French Republic||Houka Haruna||Hiyori Haruma|
|Marie-Anne’s younger sister||Yumenoka Mai||Amasaki Rea|
|Jacques-Louis David, a painter||Suwa Saki||Shiose Kazami|
|Newspaper seller||Suwa Saki||Yume Maoto|
|Paul Barras, member of the Jacobin party||Hinata Haruki||Kohaku Reira|
|Charlotte Robespierre, Maximilien’s sister||Nonoka Himari||Hanataba Yume|
|Lucille Desmoulins, Camille’s wife||Irodori Michiru||Nonoka Himari|
|Agnes, a feminist activist||Sakuraba Mai||Suzuhana Miu ‡|
|François, Marie-Anne’s lover||Manomiya Rui||Hiyori Haruma|
|François Hanriot, Commander of the National guard of Paris||Agata Sen||Ayami Sera|
Other Cast: Anno Konomi, Shiramine Yuri, Jun Hana, Soumi Haruma, Seimi Yuu, Manaha Ayane, Rina Kurumi, and Saran Reia
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Maximilien Robespierre, the Revolutionary
From the official site:
The story of the transformational Maximilien Robespierre is of a man fueled by a burning passion for revolutionary ideals that eventually engulfed him in their flames.
Robespierre was born in Arras, a countryside town in the province of Artois. His mother died when he was young, and afterward his father, a lawyer, left his children. Robespierre then stayed at the Collège Louis-le-Grand, University of Paris to study law. He was driven in his academic endeavors by the notion that if he followed the same path as his father, then perhaps they would be reunited. Upon becoming a lawyer, Robespierre came to respect the tranquil lives of the rustic folk in his hometown, and also to perceive their weakness. Setting himself on a quest to protect these people, he then entered politics and threw himself into the revolution happening on the streets of Paris.
Robespierre joined the Jacobin Club, where over time he became the leader of the revolution. France turned into a republic, and in 1793, Louis XVI was executed. The people fell in love with Robespierre for leading France into a new era, and at one point they began calling him the “god of the revolution.”
However, there were many victims of this revolution, their lives ruined when dear family members and lovers were taken away forever, the only justification being an aristocratic lineage. One of these victims, Marie-Anne, seeks vengeance against the revolution, so she plots to assassinate the man who epitomizes the movement: Robespierre. In Paris, she sees an opportunity to carry out her purpose.
The Jacobin Club comprised legislators supported by the “sans-culotte,” as the lower classes in France were called. Fellow comrades, including Georges Jacques Danton and Camille Desmoulins, had advanced the revolution with single-minded purpose, and Robespierre decided to meet with them to discuss continuing their fight to the bitter end. However, the rise of counterrevolutionary forces such as the bourgeoisie-supported Girondists, along with declarations of war by foreign countries in response to the French monarch’s execution, were among the factors that flung the revolutionary government into chaos and crisis. The revolutionary ideals Robespierre sought to bring about were cast into ruin.
In the midst of all this, Robespierre would be arrested by the Girondists on suspicion of being a counterrevolutionary. Furthermore, Robespierre was informed by his close confidant Saint-Just that Danton, acting out of personal interest, had betrayed the Republic by working with the Girondists. Robespierre then forced out Danton, who argued for a realistic perspective over idealism.
Robespierre was obsessed with the revolution that, if successful, would turn his ideals into reality. But his use of fear to drive the movement was declared a “reign of terror,” as Robespierre purged those who opposed his ideas, one after another.
A dazzling whirlwind of a revue about voyagers to bless Nozomi Fuuto in grand fashion as she, the recently appointed Top Star, and the new Snow Troupe embark upon their journey.
It begins with a thoroughly vivid prologue symbolizing the departure of a splendid cruise ship. The performers then wish Nozomi Fuuto the best of luck as the new Top Star with choreography inspired by her name and the four Chinese characters that make it up: 望 (HOPE), 海 (OCEAN), 風 (WIND), and 斗 (BIG DIPPER).
You can look forward to an ultimate piece of entertainment that combines the allure of the new Snow Troupe plus the aesthetics of Nozomi Fuuto’s portrayal of male characters as the otokoyaku.
- Top star debut at the Takarazuka Grand Theater for Nozomi Fuuto and Maaya Kiho.
- This is the second original Takarazuka play to feature an original score by Frank Wildhorn; the first was Never Say Goodbye.
- Final performance for Saou Kurama (Senka) and Yumenoka Mai.
- Sakurara Karan and Taiga Soa were absent from both the Grand Theater and Tokyo performances due to poor health. Kirara Umi was also absent from the entire run, due to an injury.
- † Announced 2017/12/14: Due to an injury, Kotohane Riri was absent from 2017/12/12 until the end of the Grand Theater run. She returned for the Tokyo run in Maximilien Robespierre, the Revolutionary only; she was still absent from Super Voyager! for the Tokyo performance.
- ‡ Announced 2018/01/25: Due to an injury, Suzuhana Miu was absent from the Tokyo run from 1/25 - 2/6. She was also absent from the Tokyo shinjin kouen. She returned to the performance on 2/7.
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