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The New Tale of Genji / Melodia (Flower 2015)




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English Title: The New Tale of Genji / Melodia -A Warm and Lovely Melody-
Japanese Title: 新源氏物語 / Melodia -熱く美しき旋律-
Romanized Title: Shin Genji Monogatari / Melodia -Atsuku Utsukushiki Senritsu-

Troupe: Flower
Year: 2015
Performances: Grand Theater, 10/02 - 11/09 ; Tokyo Theater, 11/27 - 12/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 10/20; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/10

The New Tale of Genji:

Based On: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Author: Shibata Yukihiro
Director: Oono Takuji
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko, Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Takahashi Megumi, Uzaki Ryuudou
Choreographer: Yamamura Tomogorou, Mine Saori
Conductor (Takarazuka):
Conductor (Tokyo):
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oono Takuji

Melodia:

Author/Director: Nakamura Kazunori
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato, Kuratomi Shinichi, Nakagawa Akira
Choreographer: Hirasawa Satoshi, KAZUMI-BOY, Bryant Baldwin, Satou Chikanori
Conductor (Takarazuka): Ooyagi Yasushi
Conductor (Tokyo):

Available on DVD: Yes (release date 12/17/15)
Available on BLU-RAY: Yes (release date 12/17/15)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: Yes
From Melodia: Music and vocals have been replaced for "Spain" from scene 14A and 14C, "My Favorite Things" from scene 19, and "Entre Rejas" from scene 20.

Cast

RoleCastShinko Cast
Prince Hikaru GenjiAsumi Rio Yuzuka Rei
Fujitsubo, his stepmother and loverKano Maria Asazuki Kiwa
Emperor KiritsuboNatori Rei Mineka Towa
Kokiden ConsortKyou Misa Hina Ririka (1)
Prince Suzaku / Amagimi, nunTakashou Mizuki Ouma Shion
Minister of the Right, To no Chujo's fatherShihou Nanami Chiyuki Aki
Akashi nyuudouYuugiri Rai Nanaki Kaoru
Aoi no Ue, Genji's wifeHanano Juria Mahou Tsugumi
Oomyoubu, Fujitsubo's lady-in-waitingMebuki Yukina Wakakusa Moeka
Nakatsukasa, Kokiden's lady-in-waitingMarika Yume Kano Maria
Shounagon, Murasaki's lagy-in-waitingUmesaki Ibu Sarasa Nachi
To no Chujo, Genji's friendSeto Kazuya Minami Maito
Chief of the Left Stables (sama no kami)Ootori Mayu Ayaki Hikari
Koremitsu, Genji's followerSerika Toa Yuunami Kei
Yoshikiyo, Koremitsu's followerYuunami Kei Takamine Jun
Minister of the Left, Kokiden's fatherTenma Michiru Kureha Maki
Oborozukiyo, Kokiden's sister and Genji's loverSenna Ayase Otohane Emi (2)
Murasaki no Ue, Genji's second wifeOusaki AyakaShiroki Mirei
Chujou, Rokujou's lady-in-waitingKaga Ririka Himeka Hinano
Chuunagon, of the sameNana Kurara Itotsuki Yukiha
Kumoi no Kari, To no Chujo's daughter, Yuugiri's loverShiroki MireiHaruhi Urara
Onna san no miya, Genji's third wife, Suzaku's daughterAsazuki Kiwa Marei Sayana
Reizei, Genji and Fujitsubo's sonMaizuki Nagisa Haruya Yuuri
Kurodo no sukeMaki Izumi Hiryuu Tsukasa
Rokujou no miyasudokoro, Genji's lover / Kashiwagi, Yuugiri's friendYuzuka Rei Hozumi Mahiro
Yuugiri, Genji's sonHouzuki An Yabuki Sena
Shikibu no jo, Genji's friendMinami Maito Seino Asuka
Hyobu no taifu, Genji's friendKazumi Shou Aren Touma
To no shoshoSaezuki Runa Aomiya Ruka
To no benWataru Hibiki Sumizuki Naoto
Kurimaru, a charioteerHaryuu Mitsuki Ichinose Kouki
Hachimaru, the sameAren Touma Maiki Tsubasa
Usuki, the sameAyaki Hikari Izumi Maira
Kaniro, the sameHiryuu Tsukasa Kazu Reisa
WakamurasakiHaruhi Urara Oto Kurisu
ShikibuMihana Rino Rinno Shizuka
Commander of the guardShiraki Akari Ouka Rina
InukiYabuki Sena Mano Kazuma
AkitsuOto Kurisu Hana Yuuki
TsukushiMarei Sayana Rinka Mone


Other Cast: Niina Kaho, Saebana Riona, Sachika Seira, Rinno Shizuka, Haruya Yuuri, Maiki Tsubasa, Mano Kazuma, Sakino Mion, Serina Ei, Tsubasa Anju, Ryouka Kina, Tatsuki Mio

(1) Kano Maria in Takarazuka.
(2) Hina Ririka in Takarazuka.
† As of 11/27 Ousaki Ayaka will be absent due to poor physical health. Shiroki Mirei will assume the role of Murasaki no Ue while Haruhi Urara takes her role as Kumoi no Kari.
Announced on 11/30: instead of Haruhi Urara, the role of Kumoi no Kari will be played by Oto Kurisu.

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


The Tale of Genji


Hikaru Genji was born to Kiritsubotei when he was Emperor, as the second imperial Prince. Since childhood, he has harbored feelings of love for Fujitsubo-no-Nyogo, the Empress of Kiritsubotei. She is the living image of his late mother, Kiritsubo-no-Koui. Genji grows up to become a strikingly beautiful young man, whom the people call “the Shining Prince”. One night, he is unable to control his yearnings. He sets off for the Sanjo estate where Fujitsubo is visiting her parents, as the Milky Way shines brightly. With unrestrained passion, he embraces Fujitsubo. She, leaning on Genji, is unable to calm her heart. The couple have knowingly committed the sin of forbidden love.
Afterward, tortured by his secret romance, Genji chases shadows of Fujitsubo by having numerous trysts with a variety of women.

One of them is the proud and noble-looking Rokujo-no-Miyasundokoro. However, Genji responds to her quite fervent love but tending to keep his distance from the Rokujo estate. Also, his relationship with Aoi-no-Ue, his haughty first wife, is no longer the way it was when they first married. This leaves him with the opportunity to encounter a beautiful young girl at a priest’s hermitage on Kitayama. Young Murasaki in some respects looks like Fujitsubo. Genji enlists the help of his attendant Koremitsu in an attempt to bring her closer to him so he can mold her into his ideal woman. After taking her away from a protesting nun, he brings the girl to his estate.

One afternoon in spring, Hikaru Genji, encouraged by Emperor Kiritsubo, who is delighted with the Prince’s birth, to hold the handsome, noble child (later to become the Emperor Reizei) in his arms. In fact, the prince is an illegitimate child born between Genji and Fujitsubo. His heart contains a mix of joy and dread.

Emperor Kiritsubo eventually abdicates. The Emperor Suzaku, Hikaru Genji’s elder brother, is enthroned. The new Emperor is the child of Kokiden-no-Nyogo, a court lady from the family of the Minister of the Right, a political foe of Genji. The carriages of Rokujo-no-Miyasundokoro and Aoi-no-Ue collide while the two are out on an excursion on the day of Kamo-no-Saiin-no-Misogi, and conflict ensues as a result. From that point on, the vengeful spirit of Rokujo-no-Miyasundokoro makes trouble for Aoi-no-Ue every night. Aoi-no-Ue passes away, leaving behind Genji’s child Yugiri.

Genji’s heart is in turmoil. The pure form of Young Murasaki (to become Murasaki-no-Ue) is the only thing he takes comfort in. As time progresses, she grows into a fresh and well-rounded woman, and the two marry.

Genji appears to put aside his associations with other women. Even so, he succumbs to a dangerous romance with Oborozukuyo, the younger sister of Kokiden-no-Nyogo and much-loved mistress of Emperor Suzaku. The Minister of the Right and Kokiden-no-Nyogo find out about the relationship. Sensing he is in danger, Genji makes a firm decision to leave Kyoto and go to Sumanoura.

After time passes as if in a dream, Genji returns again to Kyoto.

Emperor Suzaku abdicates and Reizei is enthroned. Spring comes again for Genji, who has become a guardian for the Emperor Reizei. Both his once-young son Yugiri and the son of Tonochujo, Kashiwagi have grown into splendid youths. Tonochujo (the Interior Minister) is a close friend and worthy opponent of Genji’s. It seems no clouds at all hover over Genji’s prosperity. But, he is about to receive his destiny’s retribution, which will come in an unexpected form.   


Melodia


This performance comprises a number of musical pieces played to passionate as well as beautiful melodies and rhythms that generate excitement. They all are part of passionate and beautiful tunes that brim with love, dreams, hopes, passion, sorrow and an energy that knows no bounds.

The revue weaves together the charm of the Flower Troupe, led by Asumi Rio who brims over with brilliance and youth, through lively songs and dancing.  

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