The Scarlet Pimpernel
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English Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Japanese Title: スカーレットピンパーネル
Romanized Title: Sukaaretto Pinpaaneru
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 03/10 - 4/17 ; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 05/05 - 06/11
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 03/28; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 05/18
Based On: Novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Author: Nan Knighton
Director / Adapter: Koike Shuuichirou
Composer: Frank Wildhorn
Music Director / Adapter: Oota Takeshi
Music Adapter: Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, Sakuragi Ryousuke
Conductor (Takarazuka): Shiota Akihiro
Shinjin Kouen Director: Ikuta Hirokazu
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 05/31/17)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 05/31/17)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Percy Blakeney (English aristocrat)||Kurenai Yuzuru||Amahana Ema|
|Marguerite St. Just (Percy’s wife and ex-actress of Comédie-Française)||Kisaki Airi||Arisa Hitomi|
|Chauvelin (Member of the Committee of Public Safety and ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary of the French revolutionary government to the Court of St James)||Rei Makoto||Haruto Yuuho|
|Robespierre (Leader of France during the Reign of Terror)||Nanami Hiroki||Aya Ouka|
|Prince of Wales (Heir to the throne of Great Britain)||Ema Naoki||Sayaka Rin|
|Comtesse de Tournay (French countess in exile in England)||Mari Yuzumi||Katori Reira|
|Sergeant Pipeau||Miki Chigusa||Amaji Sora †|
|Lord Anthony Dewhurst (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Ichijou Azusa||Toudou Jun|
|Simon (shoemaker)||Kisaragi Ren||Akashi Reima|
|Isabelle (singer at Comédie-Française)||Shirotae Natsu||Katori Reira|
|Sir Andrew Ffoulkes (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Tenju Mitsuki||Yuunagi Ryou|
|Cate (Dewhurst’s lover)||Otoha Minori||Seira Hitomi|
|Comte de Tournay||Ooki Makoto||Amakake Sakura|
|Ann (Ozzy’s lover)||Aimi Serena||Nanase Miki|
|Jessup (Percy’s butler)||Kizaki Reo||Hayato Reo|
|Mercier (Chauvelin’s subordinate)||Seki Yurito||Iroha Reo|
|Lune (A refugee from Paris)||Shizuki Otone||Mioka Anri|
|Suzanne (Ffoulkes’ lover)||Yumeki Anru||Amairo Mineri|
|Marquis de St. Cyr (French aristocrat)||Natsuki Rei||Yuuhi Maki|
|Leader (of the Comédie-Française troupe)||Natsuki Rei||Sayaka Rin|
|Ozzy (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Toa Reiya||Minato Rihi|
|Anne (A refugee from Paris)||Sorano Miyu||Amano Kiyora|
|Elton (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Mao Yuuki||Amaki Homare|
|Coupeau (Chauvelin’s subordinate)||Sazanami Reira||Kisa Kaoru|
|Public Safety Committee Member||Hiroka Yuu||Kou Erise|
|Julie (Elton’s lover)||Murasaki Rira||Ouri Mao|
|Armand St. Just (Marguerite’s younger brother)||Seo Yuria||Kiwami Shin|
|Jeanne (Simon’s wife)||Otosaki Itsuki||Miono Saki|
|Farleigh (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Shidou Ryuu||Soubu Sakiho|
|Public Safety Committee Member||Toudou Jun||Kusanagi Kizuki|
|Peggy (Farleigh’s lover)||Katori Reira||Nijou Hana|
|Hal (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Aya Ouka||Aomi Sario|
|Marie Grosholtz (Armand’s girlfriend and a costume-wig designer)||Arisa Hitomi||Kozakura Honoka|
|Ben (Percy’s aristocrat friend)||Amahana Ema||Amato Kanon|
|Sally (Hal’s lover)||Kozakura Honoka||Kirari An|
|Polly (Ben’s lover)||Amairo Mineri||Ayazono Hina|
|Louis Charles (King Louis XVI’s son)||Seira Hitomi||Sumika Amane|
- † Sakishiro Kei in Tokyo
Other Cast: Shiratori Yuriya, Takuto Rei, Asamizu Ryou, Hazuki Riran, Asakura Shizuku, Sakishiro Kei, Kuresaki Rino, Miyako Yuuna, Soua Takeru, Mizuno Yuri, Houma Toa
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Blurb from official site:
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” became a mega-hit after its first performance on Broadway in 1997, and struck gold again with the Star Troupe’s first-in-Japan 2008 performance, which received the Best Play Prize at the 16th Yomiuri Theatrical Grand Awards and the 34th Kikuta Kazuo Theatrical Performance Grand Award. The Takarazuka exclusive version, given an original twist, won great acclaim for its exciting adventure and action as well as its dramatic and emotional depictions of a couple in a dysfunctional relationship delivered with Frank Wildhorn’s musical masterpieces. The Moon Troupe’s performance in 2010 followed in the footsteps of success. The long-awaited showpiece is back again on the Takarazuka Revue stage after a seven year absence. Please look forward to a new page in the history of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” brought to you by our new Star Troupe, led by the fresh top stars, Yuzuru Kurenai and Airi Kisaki.
At the end of the 18th century in France, a revolutionary storm is raging in Paris. The monarchy was abolished after the populace seized the Bastille prison in 1789. While the Jacobins led by Robespierre are arresting and sentencing nobles to death, the angry populace are demanding more nobles be sent to the guillotine. Percy Blakeney, an English aristocrat, dislikes the reign of terror by the French revolutionary government. He is saving innocent nobles from the daily executions and helping them to flee France. Although his daring rescue attempts are much talked about, he has been successful in keeping his identity concealed. Chauvelin, a member of the Committee of Public Safety of the French revolutionary government, is out to discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, which means a red star-shaped flower in England.
Marguerite Saint-Just, star of Comédie Française, makes her final stage appearance before an audience-filled theater. She will quit the stage this evening and go to England to get married to her fiancé Percy. She radiantly greets the audience. All of a sudden Chauvelin stands up out in the audience and orders the performance to be stopped and the theater to be closed on the charge that Marguerite had criticized the revolutionary government. Marguerite and Chauvelin at one time were comrades fighting together for the revolution. However, these days she has been voicing opposition against the Republicans’ atrocious acts. Chauvelin, who is excited by the discovery of the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, threatenly offers to trade the license to reopen the theater for her information on the hide-out of the Marquis Saint-Cyr who opposes the Republicans. Although she initially refuses the offer, she ends up telling Chauvelin of Saint-Cyr’s hide-out on the promise that he will never do the marquis any harm. Chauvelin is not at all a man of his word, sending the marquis to the guillotine.
A few days later, in England, Percy and Marguerite celebrate their wedding blessed by many friends. During their wedding, Percy stands in shock after learning from his friend Dewhurst that the Marquis Saint-Cyr, Percy’s trustworthy partner in France, had been executed. Dewhurst tells him that Marguerite betrayed the marquis to the revolutionary government, consequently leading to the marquis’ execution. Percy learns that Dewhurst was right. Despite the fact that he finds himself in a dilemma between his love for Marguerite and his doubts about her, he encourages himself to overcome this first trial of his married life. The next morning he decides to tell some reliable friends that he is the Scarlet Pimpernel and convince them to join in his fight against the atrocities the French revolutionary government is committing. Their ultimate goal is to rescue the French king’s orphaned son Louis Charles de France. Shortly afterward Marguerite’s younger brother Armand joins them. They all cross the Strait of Dover in high spirits.
The actions undertaken by Percy and his friends anger the revolutionary government. Percy, disguised as Belgian spy Grapin, becomes acquainted with Robespierre and Chauvelin and is successful in locating Prince Louis’ whereabouts. Chauvelin goes to England as Ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary of France with orders to arrest the Scarlet Pimpernel, who is said to be an aristocrat.
On arriving in England, Chauvelin orders Marguerite to collect information about the Scarlet Pimpernel by sounding out the friends of Percy, a social star. Scornful of Chauvelin’s bold manner, she gives him a flat refusal. Percy learns that Chauvelin will attend a ball to be held by the Prince of Wales. He proposes to his friends that they go to the ball dressed in a most eccentric fashion in order to throw off any suspicions about the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. In Paris, Armand, who had been preparing a plan to rescue Prince Louis, is arrested by a member of the Committee for Public Safety on charges of being part of the Scarlet Pimpernel’s plot. Marguerite is wondering why her husband Percy has suddenly turned cold towards her after the wedding ceremony. She supposes that Percy does not love her anymore and is about to make a painful decision to break off with him. Meanwhile, Percy is observing her in order to find out her real intentions.
At the ball, Percy and his friends dressed in unusual clothes behave in such manner as no one can suspect their identities. Chauvelin arrives as a guest. He comes to Marguerite and tells her that Armand was arrested. This time he offers to trade Armand’s life for her cooperation with him. Utterly distracted at the news of Armand’s arrest, she accepts Chauvelin’s offer and gets certain information about the Scarlet Pimpernel. Percy and Marguerite each try to find out the truth, while Chauvelin wants to discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. All three of them return to Paris with the aim of realizing their respective purposes.
- Top star debut at the Grand Theater for Kurenai Yuzuru and Kisaki Airi.
- First performed by the Star Troupe in 2008, starring Aran Kei and Toono Asuka. Kurenai Yuzuru played the Shinjinkouen Lead. It was performed again by Moon Troupe in 2010, starring Kiriya Hiromu and Aono Yuki.
- Final performance for Sorano Miyu, Mioka Anri, and Amano Kiyora.
- Amaji Sora played Sergeant Pipeau in the Takarazuka shinjin kouen but due to poor health was announced out of the Tokyo performances beginning May 9th, including the Tokyo shinjin kouen. Sakishiro Kei covered the role of Sergeant Pipeau.
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