The Rose of Versailles: Andre and Oscar
Picture Credit: jenebi, Original Program
English Title: The Rose of Versailles: Andre and Oscar
Japanese Title: ベルサイユのばら ～アンドレとオスカル編～
Romanized Title: Berusaiyu no Bara - Andore to Osukaru Hen -
Performances: Grand Theater, 8/10 - 9/19; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 11/3 - 11/28
Shinjinkouen Performance: Grand Theater, 8/25; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 11/14
Based On: The Rose of Versailles (Manga) by Ikeda Riyoko
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Director: Ako Ken
Composer: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Hirao Masaaki
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Hayama Kiyomi, Kurotaki Tsukio, Shou Sumire, Oka Masami
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki, Okada Yoshiki
Conductor (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou, Ootani Hajime
Available on DVD: Box Set Only (release date 4/30/2010)
|Andre||Mori Keaki||Todoroki Yuu|
|Oscar||Ichiro Maki||Wao Youka|
|Rosalie||Ayu Yuuki||Asagiri Mai|
|Fersen||Aug 10 - 17: Asaka Jun|
Aug 18 - 27: Shion Yuu
Aug 28 - Sept 19: Asaji Saki
|Queen Marie Antoinette||Nishina Yuri||Katsura Asahi|
|Countess de Polignac||Hokuto Hikaru||Takajou Kanou|
|Jeanne||Saotome Sachi||Natsuo Kaori|
|Bernard (Black Knight)||Kodai Mizuki||Kitayama Rina|
|General Jarjayes||Hoshihara Misao||Mayuzumi Reina|
|Mrs. Jarjayes (Oscar's mother)||Konohana Sakuya||Shirasagi Madoka|
|Major Gerodelle (colonel of the royal guards)||Kaikyou Hiroki||Miki Sayaka|
|Marronsglaces (Oscar's Nurse)||Hayama Michiko||Tsukushino Aya (Mura)|
Chiya Akira (Tokyo)
|Duke Orlean||Sara Kei||Yabuki Shou|
|Lady Orlean||Masaki Keiko||Takanashi Jun|
|Count Provence (King's Brother)||Ebira Kaoru||Katsuragi Nanaho|
|Lady Linbarl||Yashiro Kou||Yukihara Chinae|
|Alain de Soissons (royal guardsman)||Todoroki Yuu|
|Viscountess Calonne (French noblewoman)||Ami Jun|
|General Bouillet (Oscar's Superior officer)||Izumi Tsukasa||Hayase Shouma|
|Comtesse Noailles (French noblewoman)||Ichihara Kei|
|Duchess Bezambard (a French Aristocrat)||Nozoe Sayuki|
|Hortense (Oscar's older sister)||Katsura Asahi||Asana Ayumi|
|Muriel (noble lady)||Kachou Itsuki|
|Brigitte (noble lady)||Asagiri Mai|
|Maurice (guardsman)||Aki Hisato (Grand Theater)|
|Charlotte (Countess de Polignac's daughter)||Sahara Miyuki||Akari Nami|
Other Cast: Godai Katsura, Miki Sayaka, Tsukushino Aya, Mayuzumi Reina, Wakou Hajime, Natsuo Kaori, Kazami Reo, Ogishiro Ayano, Tasai Shun, Chiya Akira, Shioji Sayo, Mario Mitsuki, Haruno Wakaba, Yuuzuki Mika, Iraka Maya, Akino Satomi, Itsumine Aki, Marioka Tomomi, Tama Madoka, Yuubi Kagari, Asakage Rui, Aiki Shou, Daishou Kaoru, Oujou Miki, Morio Kazumi, Yuumi Reo, Shu Michiru, Katsuragi Nanaho, Ozuki Sayuru, Marika Nami, Kitayama Rina, Misuzu Ririka, Hamakaze Ai, Kaho Hikaru, Kamo Urara, Wao Youka, Kojou Ran, Nagisa Aki, Suzusato Yuuka, Utabue Tatsuki, Mizushiro Natsumi, Suzune Rira, Kouzuki Mari
Grand Theater only: Aki Hisato, Tsukushino Aya
Graduated from the 75th Class (not yet sort into troupes):
Takaragi Aya, Aya Hiromi, Takakura Kyou, Yuuki Kaoru, Aihara Serika, Kasai Hitomi, Ayato Rena, Natsuno Saki, Wakae Yuki, Ibuki Kazu, Masono Arisu, Chishiro Ayumu
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
This is the original English summary from the Program - mispelled names and gender confusion were left intact.
The story takes place in France in 1788 a period in which the dynasty of the Bourbons was in decline.
In Paris at the Opera House a grand ball was being held in honor of Marie Antoinette the last Bourbon queen Also at the ball was a young Swedish prince who chose to flaunt his disregard for the gossip that had made it common knowledge in the Court and on the city streets that the Queen and Prince Fersen were lovers.
The prince truly loved the Queen and so Oscar the Commander of the Royal Bodyguard found her heart full of sorrow because of her love for the Prince. At the ball Oscar had not come in her usual crisp military uniform but had worn a stunning ball gown. She danced with Fersen but the Prince's eyes were only for Marie Antoinette.
Andre who had been raised with Oscar as if they were brother and sister consoled the forborne Oscar. Andre had fallen in love with Oscar.
The political tension in Paris steadily increased as citizens who hated the aristocracy united. Among the anti-royalists were two poor sisters, Jeanne and Rosalie. Jeanne hated the poverty of her life and sought the help of a certain Lady Polignak who was close to the Queen.
Meanwhile Rosalie found herself alone after her adopted mother was killed under the wheels of an aristocrat's coach. As she lay dying, her adopted mother confessed that Rosalie was the child of an aristocrat. Heartbroken Rosalie was determined to avenge the death. She broke into Oscar's palatial home believing it to be the Versailles Palace. She was apprehended by Oscar who recognized Rosalie as the child raised in her own house for a mother of noble lineage who wished the child's existence to remain secret. The tragic irony was that Lady Polignak had run over Rosalie's adopted mother and that Rosalie's real mother was none other than Lady Polignak.
Since that summer a mysterious man known as the Black Knight had been attacking the nobles of the land. When he broke into the Palace of Versailles he was captured by Oscar and Andre. He pleaded with his captors to sympathize with his cause. He argued that the ruling class had to be made aware of the misery of the ordinary people's lives and of the crushing burden of the heavy taxes. Oscar was greatly moved by the Black Knight's compassion for the people of France. Oscar decided that henceforth the Royal Bodyguard would protect the rights of the common people.
Lady Polignak had been plotting to extend her influence at court and when Oscar thwarted her plans she challenged him to a duel over a contrived slight. With her most skilful cousin representing her a duel seemed to be the easiest way to get rid of the troublesome Oscar. Andre realized what Lady Polignak was up to and fought in Oscar's place. The duel cost Andre one eye.
Just then riots broke out all around the country and rioters were marching on Versailles itself. Marie Antoinette was determined to do whatever necessary to protect the Bourbon dynasty and in no case to give in to the revolutionaries.
The situation in Paris became chaotic and control was rapidly slipping out of the government's grasp. General Jarjet now deeply regretted his decision to raise his daughter Oscar as a boy and later to install her as commander of the Royal Bodyguard He intended to make his daughter happy as a lady by arranging a marriage with major Jerodel.
Andre learned of the marriage plan. He had been secretly in love with Oscar for over ten years. In despair, he decided to put poison into Oscar's wine and then to take his own life as well. But at the last moment he couldn't bear to think of his loved one suffering and he could not go through with it. However, later on the evening before they were due to go into action against the armed rebels, Oscar learned of Andre's love for her and realized that she had found true love.
Beside the river Seine Oscar made every attempt to prevent a violent incident. But the King's troops opened fire on the citizens and started a bloody battle. Oscar, in spite of Jerodel's objections, threw his support to the citizens and fought against the King's soldiers.During the course of a long battle Andre was shot and then Oscar was gravely wounded.
A white flag appeared over the castle wall. With the victorious cheers of his fellow citizens ringing in his ears, Oscar quietly breathed his last.
- This was the first performance in which Andre was played by the top star, and his appearances were increased accordingly.
- The video and Laserdisc contains Asaji Saki in the role of Fersen.
- The Takarazuka performance was the final show for Aki Hisato and Tsukushino Aya
- The Tokyo performance was the final show for fukukumichou Sara Kei, as well as Miki Sayaka, Katsura Asahi and Oujou Miki
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