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Rome at Dawn/Les Bijoux Brillants




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English Title: Rome at Dawn/Les Bijoux Brillants
Japanese Title: 暁のローマ/レ・ビジュー・ブリアン
Romanized Title: Akatsuki no Rouma/Re Bijuu Burian

Troupe: Moon
Year: 2006
Performances: Grand Theater, 5/12 - 6/19; Tokyo Theater, 7/7 - 8/20
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 5/30; Tokyo Theater, 7/25

Rome at Dawn:

Based On: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Author: Kimura Shinji
Director: Kimura Shinji
Composer: Kai Masato
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Takemura Rui
Shinjin Kouen Director: Harada Ryou

Les Bijoux Brillants:

Author/Director: Sakai Sumio
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko, Kuratomi Shinichi, Tama Shouichi, Takeuchi Ichiro
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Nakura Kayoko, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa

Available on DVD: Yes (DVD release date 8/5/06) & VHS
DVD Scene/Music Cut: Yes
Scenes 9, 12-13, and 14 Les Bijoux Brillants were removed from the main video and placed in a separate chapter without sound during the songs.

Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
Caesar (Roman general)Todoroki Yuu Seijou Kaito
Brutus (Republican who believes the Republic ideal for Rome)Sena Jun Ryuu Masaki
Portia (Brutus’s wife)Ayano Kanami Shirahana Remi
Antonius (Caesar’s adjutant general)Kiriya Hiromu Asumi Rio
Cassius (Brutus’ friend)Oozora Yuuhi Shiratori Kasuga
Carmian (Cleopatra’s lady-in-waiting)Natsukawa Yura Hihou Kokoro
Servilia (Brutus’s mother)Yoshizuki Eri Aoba Michiru
Octavian (Caesar’s nephew, later adopted as Caesar’s son)Hokushou Kairi Kouzuki Ruu
Cleopatra (Queen of Egypt)Shirosaki Ai Yumesaki Nene
Trebonius (Caesar’s new supporter)Koshino Ryuu Shiki Erio
Iras (Cleopatra’s maid)Takigawa SuekoMiyume Himari
Fortune-tellerHanase Mizuka Touka Yurino
Achela (Pompey’s supporter)Isshiki Ruka Asagiri Shino
Albinus (Brutus’s cousin)Kusunoki Keika Ayazuki Seri
Rubrius (Pompey’s supporter)Takaki Amane Atsuki Renka
Kimbell (Caesar’s new supporter)Ken Ruisu Enoki Touya
Calpurnia (Caesar’s last wife)Shiina Aoi Hazaki Mana
Egyptian DancerMihou Aya Shimizu Kyouka
Ligarius (Pompey’s supporter)Aoki Izumi Ayao June
Nazo (Pompey’s supporter)Mano Sugata Sawaki Rizu
Gaius Casca (Pompey’s supporter)Seijou Kaito Ryuuki Kazuto
Straton (Brutus’s attendant)Ryuu Masaki Hibiki Reona
Elbalbus (consul)Shiratori Kasuga Isuzu Hikari
Publius Casca (Pompey’s supporter)Asumi Rio Uzuki Hayate

Others:
Kitajima Mami, Arika Jun, Houjou Rumi, Fuuga Minato, Moeki Ayato, Suzushiro Marina, Otoki Sunao, Amano Hotaru, Hazuki Sara, Atsuki Renka, Moeka Yuria, Ayahashi Miyu, Kusakaze Nana, Kagetsu Miyako, Asahana Rinka, Ori Yoshino, Saran Erika, Tsuzumi Eika, Kao Amiri, Hino Anji, Mishou Kazuki, Kisaki Hinano, Ayahoshi Rion, Kahou Shiori, Remi Kurea, Mizuha Kanato, Kotone Kazuha, Kaidou Nozomu, Kazane Mayuki, Tokiwa Mizuno, Asanagi Mana, Shimon Yuriya, Takachi Ao, Shirayuki Sachika, Urara Moe, Saki Akane, Harusaki Koron, Takamura Yuuki, Arise Sou, Kana Mikari

Also in the Tokyo Production (92nd Class): Ranno Hana, Akizuki Saya, Chinami Karan, Maino Yuka, Takasumi Hayato, Houzuki An, Fuuri Mizuka, Maai Suzuka, Aina Yuuri

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


“ROME AT DAWN”
-Based on Julius Caesar-

In ancient Rome, people are in a festive mood over the victory and are there to praise Caesar in the amphitheater. As soon as they see Caesar’s adjutant general Antony putting a crown onto Caesar’s head, people’s feelings suddenly change, and they stop praising Caesar, indeed falling into a deadly silence. The Romans who had done away with the monarchy and had won the Republican form of government are horrified to see the very figure of a king. Caesar, who is conscious of such feelings of the Romans, refuses the crown. However, some Romans suspect that Caesar, deep in his heart, wants to be king and rule Rome. Brutus is one of them. Each and every one of the Romans recognizes that Caesar is really the King of Rome. Cassius, a friend of Brutus’, thinks about assassinating Caesar in order to prevent Rome from coming into Caesar’s hands. He asks Brutus to join him.

Caesar catches sight of Brutus who is still in the amphitheater. Caesar thinks that Brutus is a promising young man and makes him his favorite. Just when he calls out to Brutus, Cleopatra suddenly arrives accompanied by Carmian and other ladies-in-waiting. She has come to Rome to see Caesar bringing along with her a baby born of Caesar and her. The conversation between Cleopatra and Caesar makes Brutus suspect more than before Caesar’s true ambition. He cannot help but ask Caesar if he is king. Caesar replies that he is not king but it is he who governs Rome. On hearing that reply, Brutus questions Caesar if he will continue the Republican form of government, which is ideal for Rome. Caesar tells him that the ideal changes with the times, revealing his vision that Rome needs a leader now. Caesar is planning that Rome will become a wealthy country and is determined to make his vision come true by himself. Brutus has to make a difficult choice between his respect for Caesar and his love for Rome.

Brutus comes back home and finds his wife Portia. She notices that he is seriously troubled. She asks him what he loves most. He answers that he loves his wife, Rome and Caesar’s greatness. She points out that he does not love Caesar but fears him. After arguing with Portia, Brutus is convinced anew that he loves a Rome that belongs to everybody and is taken care of by everybody.

In Cassius’ house, the men who want to assassinate Caesar are waiting impatiently for Brutus. At last, Brutus arrives. They all promise to kill Caesar in the Senate.

Caesar’s wife Calpurnia has an evil dream in which her husband is covered with blood. She has feelings that something evil is going to happen. A fortune-teller tells her that Caesar is in danger and is most ill fated that day she is meeting with the fortune-teller. She tries hard to stop Caesar from going out. However, he goes to the Senate ignoring her wish that he should not go.

Some time later at the Senate, Brutus and other conspirators come closer to Caesar. One of them stabs Caesar. The others follow him. A final blow pierces Caesar in the heart. Brutus, Caesar’s favorite, who Caesar thinks has a bright future gives Caesar the coup de grace. Caesar says, “Even you, Brutus! Then, it’s all right.” He dies smiling.

The next day, Brutus addresses the Romans who are upset by Caesar’s assassination. At first, he praises Caesar’s greatness and courage, and then, tells them that Caesar had an ambition to make Rome his own. He tries to convince the Romans that there was no other way than assassination in order to stop Caesar’s ambitions. The Romans shout out that they agree with Brutus. Then, Antony starts his speech. He not only eulogizes Caesar but also moves the Romans into believing that Caesar loved them very much. He reminds them that Caesar gave all his war trophies to the state and that he shared the pinch of hunger and despair with the poor. And, he reads off Caesar’s will, by which all his fortune would be distributed to all the Romans. The Romans are much impressed by Antony’s speech. Although only a short time ago, they had approved of Brutus’ conclusion of Caesar, they now say in tears that Caesar was the father of Rome. They look with hostile eyes at Brutus who has killed their father.

Brutus finds himself on the side of the accused. Portia has gone mad with agonies of regret and fear. She asks Brutus to believe that she really loves him and dies in his arms. Before Brutus in despair, Caesar’s ghost appears and tells him that all’s well that ends well.

Brutus’ friends are killed one after another by Antony or Caesar’s adopted son Octavian. Brutus looks back upon the past. The faces of Cassius, Portia and Caesar come across in his mind. They all loved him. He is sure that no one is loved more than him and feels satisfied with his life. He ends his life by himself thinking of all the people who loved him completely.



LES BIJOUX BRILLANTS
- Poetry of Glittering Jewels -

Scene 1 a-c : Prologue 1

As soon as the curtain rises, Bijou-Women and pretty Bijou-Women appear. Led by music and under a strong light, a gorgeous necklace comes down from above. In the middle of the stage, Bijou-Man S appears and sings the theme song.

Bijou-Man S - Sena Jun
Bijou-Lady S - Ayano Kanami
Ruby-Man - Kiriya Hiromu
Emerald-Man - Oozora Yuuhi



Scene 2 : Prologue 2

Diamond-Gentleman S comes out of sparkling Diamond and sings. A pompous parade starts.

Diamond-Gentleman S - Todoroki Yuu, Sena Jun
Bijou-Lady S - Ayano Kanami
Ruby-Man - Kiriya Hiromu
Emerald-Man - Oozora Yuuhi



Scene 3 : In Front of the Curtain

A gentleman walks around on the forestage while singing and asking, “Which do you like better? A romantic love or a shining diamond necklace?”

Diamond-Gentleman S - Sena Jun


Scenes 4-7 : Jewels in the Night a-d

In the evening, a young man named Henri and a young woman named Yvonne enter the streets of a port town crowded with a great variety of people walking around. Yvonne catches sight of a large necklace made of jewels in the center of the window of a small antique shop. She runs toward the window, gazes hard at the necklace and is impressed by its beauty. Henri sighs over the fact that he cannot buy it for her.

Henri - Sena Jun
Yvonne - Ayano Kanami
A man who is able to make people have dreams - Kiriya Hiromu


Scene 8: Climax - Emerald -

Emerald-Man jumps out of a jewel-case from a bag and invites us to a faraway land that shines in shades of green.

Emerald-Man - Oozora Yuuhi
Emerald-Woman - Shirosaki Ai



Scene 9:Climax - Big Diamond -

Two gentlemen unconcernedly stand before the biggest diamond in the world in a jewel museum at midnight.

Big-Diamond-Gentlemen - Todoroki Yuu, Sena Jun
Female guard - Ayano Kanami



Scene 10: Climax- Pink Diamond -

Pink-Diamond-Man or otherwise called Rose-Diamond-Man dances with Pink-Feather-Fan-Men.

Pink-Diamond-Man - Kiriya Hiromu


Scene 11: Climax- Black Diamond -

Black-Diamond-Man appears and invites women to sing together with him.

Black-Diamond-Man - Sena Jun


Scene 12 - 13: Climax- Happy Together 1 - 2 -

A woman wearing an engagement ring with a huge diamond comes onto the stage. Happy-Singers appear one after another and sing in succession.

Diamond-Men S - Todoroki Yuu, Sena Jun
Diamond-Woman S - Ayano Kanami



Scene 14 - 15: Tango of Reminiscence Tango of Flaring Passion

In a tango club in Buenos Aires, a gorgeously dressed woman is dancing with a young man. A man looking for her comes into the club. The man and woman quarrel. She throws her ruby ring at him and leaves with the young man. The man sings and dances the tango driven by burning jealousy.

Man of Buenos Aires - Todoroki Yuu
Ruby-Woman - Ayano Kanami
Young man - Oozora Yuuhi


Scene 16: Pearl - Rockettes -

Takarazuka’s Rockettes in costumes representing orderly pearls perform a series of precision dances.


Scene 17: Finale a

Five Bijou-Young-Men appear and dance while singing.

Bijou-Young-Man A - Hokushou Kairi


Scene 18 a - b: Finale b - c

Blue-Sapphire-Young-Man sings while men and woman dance on the grand staircase.

Blue-Sapphire-Man - Sena Jun
Blue-Sapphire-Woman - Ayano Kanami
Dancing men A - Kiriya Hiromu, Oozora Yuuhi



Scene 19: Finale d

A secret jewel case opens and the finale begins with Dreaming Jewels sung by Etoile.

Etoile - Todoroki Yuu



Scene 20: Finale e- Parade -

All the performers start parading along with the theme song Les Bijoux Brillants.

Bijou-Gentlemen S - Todoroki Yuu, Sena Jun
Bijou-Lady S - Ayano Kanami
Bijou-Gentlemen A (singers) - Kiriya Hiromu, Oozora Yuuhi


Other Information

Sayonara performance for Kusunoki Keika, Shiina Aoi, and kumichou Natsukawa Yura.

ENAK Sumire Style Stage GRAPH

Reviews

Rome at Dawn/Les Bijoux Brillants (Moon 2006) - Reviewed by Chioco
Rome at Dawn / Les Bijoux Brillants - Reviewed by Ekusudei

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