The Youth of Peter I / Nova Bossa Nova
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English Title: The Youth of Peter I / Nova Bossa Nova
Japanese Title: ペーター一世の青春 / ノバ・ボサ・ノバ
Romanized Title: Peetaa Issei no Seishun / Noba Bosa Noba
Performances: Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 8/6 - 8/31
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 8/22
The Youth of Peter I:
Author/Director: Suganuma Jun
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Totoki Kazuo
Choreographer: Oka Masami, Kita Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): n/a
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Nova Bossa Nova:
Author/Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Tsukasa Konomi, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao
Conductor (Takarazuka): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
The Youth of Peter I
|Peter I, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia||Gou Chigusa||Kei Chibune|
|Peter Ivanov||Migiwa Natsuko||Jun Mitsuki|
|Marie, niece of the mayor||Maya Akemi||Tamazusa Maki|
|van Bed, the mayor||Ooji Michio|
|Widow Braun, manager of the shipyard||Kishi Kaori|
|First Lieutenant Abraham||Kusunoki Kaori|
|Le Fort||Kei Chibune|
|Adjutant Andrei||Jun Mitsuki||Shou Sumire|
Nova Bossa Nova
|Father Lua||Migiwa Natsuko|
|Sister Mama||Kishi Kaori|
|Mrs. Mel||Ooji Michio|
|Door Boy||Mitaka Yuuko|
Other Cast: Mitaka Keiko, Konohana Sakuya, Soga Keiko, Matsumoto Yuri, Hayama Michiko, Oka Chiaki, Jou Hiroe, Hinoki Masaru, Mitaka Yuuko, Mai Chizuru, Kusunoki Kaori, Shizu Misaki, Niizuki Chitose, Aoba Mitsuru, Hibiki Wataru, Hitomoto Miki, Natsu Akemi, Momo Chikage, Sakura Keiko, Asaki Kozue, Chibana Sachiyo, Uraji Natsuko, Hama Chihiro, Mari Tatsumi, Tamazusa Maki,Mizuho Mari, Kou Hizuru, Shirakawa Kaoru, Katase Chiho, Natsu Teruko, Shouji Michiru, Tama Kazumi, Yashiro Kou, Kamijou Akira, Taki Chinami, Hamana Hiromi, Tachibana Satsuki, Asaji Mariko, Toryuu Sakae, Misono Yuri, Watari Chihiro, Niigusa Moe, Joudai Yuki, Mayuzumi Akira, Yamato Natsuki, Taki Noboru, Masaki Keiko, Ban Akira, Juri Misa, Kunizuki Miki, Katsu Sachiyo, Sei Renka, Waka Chitose, Hide Natsuki, Emi Hiroki, Matsukata Rika, Shimizu Akira, Asakaze Kaoru, Mizuki Ai, Katori Aki, Kana Kasumi
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
The Youth of Peter I
A tale of the younger days of the Russian tsar Peter the Great.
1698, a shipyard in Zaandam, Holland.
Tsar Peter I aims to rapidly bring Russia forward from where it lags behind the European nations, so he has brought in efficient engineers, and has himself snuck into a Dutch shipyard in disguise in order to study as a shipwright. He has taken the name Peter Mikhailov and come to the shipyard managed by Widow Braun.
Among the shipwrights is a young man named Peter Ivanov who purports to be a soldier from Russia, and the two Peters become earnest friends. Mikhailov is an aggressive activist, while Ivanov is an unmotivated and idol kind of person who really doesn't seem the type to have taken risks and emigrated. However, although Ivanov can't seem to do any work, he has lost his head over the mayor's niece, Marie. As for Marie, she loves the unreliable Ivanov, but is also attracted to the dignity and bravery of Mikhail.
One day, the Dutch government gives orders to Mayor Van Bet to search the shipyard to smoke out a shipwright named Peter. Unfortunately for them, there are many young men calling themselves Peter, and no one is sure which one the government wants.
When the ambassadors of the European nations that Russia has entered diplomatic relations with learn that the emperor is in disguise, the shipyard goes topsy-turvy!
Nova Bossa Nova
This is a famous revue which has been performed eight times by Takarazuka Revue, beginning in 1971. It incorporates well-known Spanish songs with new Japanese ones to tell the story of Sol, Estrela, Ouro, and Brisa. The only spoken dialogue in the revue is the priest and the nun, plus one line each by Sol and Estrella. The rest is told through song, or acted out.
Rio de Janeiro in South America. Once every year a carnival takes place for three days and three nights. Everyone is excitedly preparing for the big event.
The revue opens with a scene introducing the main characters. They sing happily about the sea and the sky. Later, Sol and Ouro each rob a bank with their young helpers. They meet and Ouro is instantly jealous of Sol. He tries to best him in coolness, but Sol throws money to the crowd and departs with their shrieking loyalty. Later, Sol dons a ragged disguise to hide from the police. He manages to misdirect them and disappears.
That night, everyone goes to the tango club. Ouro is sleezing up to Estrella, desperate to get his paws on her diamond necklace. He steals it without her noticing, then Sol tricks him into giving it up, and then Ouro's follower pulls a gun and takes it back. Sol takes a nasty knock over the head.
Mar and Brisa are happily walking along in the night singing of their love. Bolo, Sol's helper, comes to beg Mar's help to get the dizzy thief home. While she's waiting for Mar to return, Brisa hears sirens. Ouro comes running by, the police in pursuit. He sees an opportunity and grabs her, kissing her passionately to throw the police off. Dazed, Brisa lets Ouro lead her away.
The next day Brisa and Ouro, and Sol and Estrela and dancing on the beach. Everyone is happy and celebrating carnival. Suddenly, Mar appears. He is looking frantically through the crowds for Brisa. He finds her dancing passionately with Ouro and is enraged. The two men fight, trying to posses Brisa. Ouro thinks he has won, and then Mar pulls his knife and lunges. Brisa is caught between them.
Mar is devastated, as is Ouro. Both men sing in sorrow and distress. Eventually, Ouro is comforted by Labios. Mar is arrested, but Sol sends Bolo to bribe the guards and free him. Mar is happy to have a new chance at life. Everyone dances for the joy of life.
Later that night, while Bolso, Ouro's follower, is getting ready for carnival, the diamond necklace is stolen. It eventually ends up in the hands of Madam X, a woman in a female-only nightclub. Both Sol and Ouro don female disguises to go in in pursuit of the necklace. Eventually it is Sol who emerges triumphantly, and he returns the necklace to Estrela.
The next morning Estrela must leave Rio de Janiero. She and Sol say their goodbyes, and Sol is sad to watch her go. As she leaves, she drops her necklace. After an internal battle, the thief returns it to her mother. Not seconds after she goes off stage, however, we hear a cry and Bolso runs past with the necklace once more. Sol trips him, and the necklace flies through the air to land at the feet of Lua and Mama. Mama adds it to her collection box. Sol laughs and goes to join the last of the carnival.
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