The Man from Algiers / Estrellas
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English Title: The Man from Algiers / Estrellas ~Stars~
Japanese Title: アルジェの男 / ESTRELLAS ～星たち～
Romanized Title: Aruje no Otoko / Estrellas ~Hoshitachi~
Performances: National Tour, 05/04 - 05/23
The Man from Algiers:
Author: Shibata Yukihiro
Director: Oono Takuji
Composer: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru, Yoshida Yuuko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, KAZUMI-BOY
Author / Director: Nakamura Satoru
Available on DVD: TBA
Available on Blu-Ray: TBA
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: TBA
Staring Rei Makoto
|Julien Clair, a young man from the French colony of Algiers|
|Sabine. the girl Julien loves|
|Jacques, Julien's old friend|
|Henri Claudel, a former subordinate of Annabel's father, the General|
|Duchess Paula Chardonne|
|M. Bollinger, viceroy of Algiers|
|Louise, M. Bollinger's wife|
|Raymond, Duchess Chardonne's secretary|
|Michel, Bollinger's secretary, Julien's friend|
|Michelieu, Home Minister, Bollinger's rival|
|Eve, Jacques' lover in Algiers|
|Madame Marteaux, mistress of a club in the backstreets of Paris|
|Mme. Blanche, Duchess Chardonne's friend|
|Georges, Elisabeth's friend|
|Mme. Vale, Duchess Chardonne's friend|
|Felix, Julien's Parisian friend|
|Elza, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Jean, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Marcel, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Serge, Julien's Parisian friend|
|Charles, Elisabeth's friend|
|Woman at the Church|
|Christian, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Elisabeth Bollinger, the viceroy's daughter|
|Paul, Julien's Parisian friend|
|Lucy, head maid of Duchess Chardonne|
|Susanne, the Bollingers' maid|
|Man at the Church|
|Louis, Julien's Parisian friend|
|Vivienne, Elisabeth's friend|
|Maurice, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|M. Blanche, bank president, Duchess Chardonne's friend|
|Mathilde, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Ramos, Michelieu's secretary|
|Mylene, Elisabeth's friend|
|Pierre, Julien's young follower in Algiers|
|Rene, Julien's friend in Algiers|
|Philippe, Elisabeth's friend|
|Cecile, Elisabeth's friend|
|Catherine, Elisabeth's friend|
|Annabel, the duchess's niece, a blind girl|
|Luna, Elisabeth's friend|
|Armand, Julien's Parisian friend|
|Françoise, Elisabeth's friend|
Other Cast: TBA
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
The Man from Algiers
In the period leading up to World War II, Algeria was still a colony of France. In the town of Algiers, where the Government General is located, lives a young man called Julien Clair. Brought up as an orphan, Julien has experienced a shadowy childhood, committing evil deeds together with his gang of friends. Yet he harbors grand ambitions. One day, he leaves Algiers to head to Paris in search of his own place in the sun. While nurturing his unfulfilled dreams with an eagle eye, Julien awaits his chance put his murky past behind him.
On the evening of Bastille Day, Julien makes a bet with his friend Jacques - whether he can lift the wallet from Monsieur Bollinger, the Viceroy of Algeria. Confident of his skills, Julien decides to accept the hazardous challenge, not heeding the remonstrations of his girlfriend Sabine.
Julien loses the bet the following day. He fails in the attempted theft and is arrested by Monsieur Bollinger. Julien prepares for the worst, expecting to be turned over to the police. However, Monsieur Bollinger sees promise in Julien's eyes, as they burn with ambition, and speaks to him about leading a proper life for a man, persuading him to work as a member of his staff. Julien, whose heart has been stirred by the Viceroy's passion, decides to devote his life to him.
Julien starts working as Bollinger's chauffeur. Two months later, he follows his boss to Paris as a new Viceroy is rotated in. Sabine suppresses her sense of loneliness and gives Julien, who has just seized a foothold on his way to glory, a secret push on the back.
It is now five years later in Paris. At an evening party to celebrate Bastille Day, we see Julien in attendance. He has managed to transform himself into a young gentleman, to an extent that he is unrecognizable from before. Having zealously pursed knowledge, Julien has become a Secretary to Monsieur Bollinger. The Viceroy is considering having Julien marry his daughter Elisabeth, which would eventually make Julien his successor. Yet his daughter, a pompous woman, is aloof toward this young man who makes no effort to cover the flames of his ambition, and her heart is shut off to him.
That night, Duchess Chardonne, the hostess of the party and a woman who wields immense influence in fashionable circles, sees hope in the ambition-filled eyes of Julien, and asks him an ardent favor - to provide some womanly happiness to her blind niece Annabel. Annabel has lost her parents and lives a quiet life together with Henri Claudel, who once worked under her father. Should a man ever come forward to marry Annabel, then that man's own future as a political figure would be guaranteed. These words, spoken by the Duchess, rekindle the flames of Julien's ambitions.
However, Julien, who has been striving to ascend the stairs of glory, has a chance encounter with an unexpected person. At a nightclub in the Old Quarter, which he visits with his young gentlemen friends, his eyes fall on a beautiful dancer with elegant moves. The dancer is Sabine, the lover he left behind in Algiers. She tells Julien she had followed him to Paris and has been watching over him in secret, as her presence could be a hindrance to his career. Julien cannot control his trembling at this surprising confession. Then another person appears before him — an acquaintance from his years in Algiers...
Estrellas means "stars" in Spanish. This has a theme of "giving a light like that of the stars," since it is for Star Troupe, which gives the sparkle of all the stars in the heavens to people's hearts. This is a work which will allow the stars of Star Troupe to showcase their energetic singing voices and dance overflowing with liveliness.
- The Man from Algiers was first performed by Star Troupe in 1974. It was revived by Star Troupe in 1983 and by Moon Troupe in 2011.
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