The Story Of a Sword, Love, and a Rainbow / Jubilation!
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English Title: The Story Of a Sword, Love, and a Rainbow / Jubilation!
Japanese Title: 剣と恋と虹と / ジュビレーション！
Romanized Title: Ken to Koi to Niji to / Jubireeshon!
Performances: National Tour, 6/29 - 7/12
The Story Of a Sword, Love, and a Rainbow :
Based On: the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Author/Director: Oota Tetsunori
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Akiko Kanda
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oota Tetsunori
Author/Director: Ishida Masaya
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Minami Yasuo, Bob Sakuma, Oomachi Tatsuto
Choreographer: Ai Erina, Sekine Reiko, Ozawa Natsuko
Available on DVD: No
|Edmond de Blagnac (a good-looking master of fencing who is also skilled at poetry)||Asaji Saki|
|Christine (the daughter of a count who thinks of Edmond as an older brother)||Shiraki Ayaka|
|Baron Gerard de Neuvillette (a naive but passionate young man)||Minoru Kou|
|Rinier (a poet, Edmond's good friend)||Nishiki Ai|
|Count Antoine de Guiche (French army commander from Gascon)||Itsuki Chihiro|
|Marcel (de Guiche's man)||Emao Yuu|
|Count Clavier (Christine's father, Edmond's dueling partner)|
|Phillipe (Christine's brother)|
|Carbon (a young commanding officer from Gascon)|
|Le Bret (a young executive officer from Gascon)|
|Ragueneau (owner of a confectionary shop, Edmond's friend)|
|Louise (Ragueneau's wife)|
|Beatrice (the Cardinal's niece, de Guiche's lover)|
|Catherine (Phillipe's fiance)|
|Constance (Marcel's lover)||Tsukikage Hitomi|
|Madeleine (Rinier's sister)|
|Sabinne (Rinier's lover)|
|Nicolas (Edmond's valet)|
Other Cast: Natsumi You, Ema Naoki, Chiaki Shin, Mari Yuzumi, Tomo Maika, Manaka Hikaru, Takayagi Midori, Shouno Saki, Nozomi Kei, Maiji Haruka, Kanda Tomo, Kujou Akira, Oka Kazumi, Asamine Hikari, Oohiro Ayumu, Akira Kazuki, Shiratori Yurie, Mayuzuki Kou, Otowa Ryou, Natsukaze Rio, Hazumi Rui, Kaihou Tamaki, Akisono Mio, Tatsu Tsukasa, Mizuhara Madoka, Miki Chigusa, Miya Erika, Kuon Maya
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
The Story Of a Sword, Love, and a Rainbow
Based on Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, with a few key differences.
The story opens on an argument, as the Comte Clavier accuses our hero Edmond of having taken something of his. Edmond protests that the comte is mistaken, and is drawn unwillingly into a fight when the comte draws his sword. During the scuffle, he accidentally kills the comte.
A few days later, he meets Christine when he saves her from some ruffians in an inn. He falls in love with her at first glance. But he learns she is traveling to Paris to consult with her older brother Philippe, after the death of her father by an unknown assailant. Her father, he realizes, is the Comte Clavier. It is a horrifying moment for Edmond, because although he loves Christine, he knows he can never woo the daughter of a man he has killed.
As the story continues, Christine and Edmond meet again in Paris, and Christine confides to Edmond that she feels he is like a second older brother to her. Trapped, Edmond agrees she is like a sister to him as well. She admits to Edmond that she likes the young Baron Gerard. Gerard, of course, is madly in love with Christine, but he's young and brains are not his strong point. Edmond realizes that he can use Gerard as a means of conveying his feelings to Christine; he writes her love letters, and then Gerard signs them and passes them on as his own.
Things progress, and Gerard goes to Christine's house one night to confess his feelings in person. He refuses to take Edmond's advice this time, all set to confess in his own words. What follows is a million "I love you"s, and Christine, bored, leaves him to go to bed. Gerard is crushed, and begs Edmond to help him. Edmond does, lending him words, and then taking his place in the dark as he speaks eloquently to Christine up on her balcony. Before things can go much further, Gerard and Edmond's senior officer de Guiche (a bit of a buffoon, and spiteful) arrives. Edmond distracts him, but in the process, learns that the cadets are setting out in the morning to fight the Spanish.
The cadets are faced with deteriorating conditions. De Guiche arrives, bringing with him Philippe. A glove was found which identified Edmond as the murderer of his father, and Philippe has come to accuse him. However, when he tries to start a duel, Edmond refuses. Suddenly, the Spanish attack, and Philippe is killed. Edmond and Gerard both realize that they might never see Christine again. Edmond gives Gerard one final letter to give to Christine. Gerard realizes that Edmond, too, loves Christine. Suddenly, surprisingly!, Christine and her ladies arrive, bringing food. She tells Gerard (in Edmond's hearing) that she loves his poetic soul, the soul that could write her such beautiful letters. After she leaves, Gerard tells Edmond that obviously Christine loves him, but Edmond won't listen and insists that Christine loves Gerard. Gerard declares that he will tell Christine the truth, when suddenly the enemy attack again. Gerard is killed in the confusion as he tries to get Christine to safety. She finds his final letter, and takes it. She collapses, crying hysterically. De Guiche and his men take her from the field, while Edmond and the cadets take what they believe to be their final stand. Edmond gives one of Christine's ladies a letter for her to read if he dies...
Five years later, Christine receives weekly visits from her only, her dear friend Edmond. De Guiche has finally realized the impossibility of his suit. This is Saturday, the day Edmond should come, but he is late. Christine's former lady arrives, and gives her the letter Edmond gave her long, long ago. She asks her to understand Edmond. The letter is a simple and heart-felt confession about the death of Christine's father and brother. Meanwhile, Edmond's friends are in uproar. He has taken a bad blow to the head, and should be in bed, but he has vanished. Not knowing this, Christine is not surprised when Edmond arrives as per usual. He walks stiffly, and his speech is halting — he says an old wound is paining him. They talk for a while, and then Edmond asks to read the last love letter that Gerard wrote. Christine gives it to him, and he begins reading it aloud. But the light is fading and he continues to recite it from memory. Christine realizes that it was Edmond, after all, who wrote all of those letters, and Edmond who spoke to her that night from under her balcony.
Just then, Edmond's friends reappear, and Edmond's wound is revealed to Christine. Edmond gives her his weekly status report: "This week's news — October 26th, Saturday. Edmond de Blagnac is murdered." He collapses into her arms, rises to hallucinate his duel with death, and falls again, this time to die.
- Final performance for Oka Kazumi.
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