War and Peace
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English Title: War and Peace
Japanese Title: 戦争と平和
Romanized Title: Sensou to Heiwa
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/11 - 9/27; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/3 - 12/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances (Act 1): Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/25; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/13
Based On: Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Hayama Kiyomi, Kurotaki Tsukio
Conductor Act 1 (Takarazuka): Okada Yoshiki
Conductor Act 2 (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor Act 1 (Tokyo): Ootani Hajime
Conductor Act 2 (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
|Prince Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky||Hyuuga Kaoru||Asaji Saki|
|Countess Natalia Ilyinichna (Natasha) Rostova||Minakaze Mai||Otohara Ai|
|Count Pyotr Kirillovich (Pierre) Bezukhov||Haruna Yuri|| Kaikyou Hiroki (Grand Theater)|
Uzuki Kei (Tokyo)
|Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky / Doctor||Koyanagi Hizuru||Matsukaze Ryou|
|Napoleon Bonaparte||Tajima Kumi||Amachi Hikari|
|Princess Elena Vasilyevna (Hélène) Kuragina||Yashiro Kou||Hagoromo Ran|
|Countess Natalya Rostova||Fuji Kyouko||Izumo Aya|
|Nurse Poko||Hayama Michiko|
|General Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov (Russian commander-in-chief)||Ban Akira||Chiaki Shin|
|Count Ilya Andreyevich Rostov||Itsuki Chihiro||Manaka Hikaru|
|Countess Vera Ilyinichna Rostova||Natsumi You||Mari Yuzumi|
|Nurse Pen||Fubuki Hitomi|
|Count Rostopchin (Governor-General of Moscow)||Azumi Reika||Minoru Kou (Grand Theater)|
Kouki Subaru (Tokyo)
|Count Nikolai Ilyich Rostov||Shion Yuu||Daiki Yuu|
|Anna Pavlovna Sherer||Shima Yuuka||Akane Konomi|
|Liza Kutuzova (his wife)||Kaai Moto||Tomo Maika|
|Tsar Alexander I||You Akira||Uzuki Kei (Grand Theater)|
Minoru Kou (Tokyo)
|Sofia Alexandrovna (Sonya) Rostova||Marimo Eri||Aoyama Yukina|
|Princess Maria Nikolayevna Bolkonskaya||Ayase Ruri||Asaoka Nari|
|Pavel Kutuzov (his son)||Hanabusa Rio|
|Prince Anatol Vasilyevich Kuragin||Asaji Saki||Hanabusa Rio|
|Pyotr Ilyich (Petya) Rostov||Daiki Yuu||Emao Yuu|
Other Cast (Senka): Ebara Mikoto, Ayaha Romi (both transferred to Senka from Star Troupe just prior to this show)
Other Cast: Marimura Nao, Senju Hikaru, Kurumi Jun, Ootsu Asuka, Aikou Mitsuru, Utashiki Ayaka, Agi Katsura, Hagi Naomi, Izumi Tsukasa, Oosaki Mika, Ema Naoki, Kinami Chie, Sakura Riko, Matsubara Midori, Machikaze Kana, Taki Haruka, Natsumine Sen, Kokonoe Haruka, Saegusa Mizuki, Nanki Chihiro, Tamaki Nao, Sagikusa Kaoru, Takayagi Midori, Miyabi Kei, Rei Mika, Natsu Mariko, Shijou Hikaru, Migusa Yuu, Sakaki Jun, Nishiki Ai, Shouno Saki, Hinoki Kaoru, Ichie Rika, Nijou Yuzuru, Nozomi Kei, Asao Ritsuki, Chitose Manabu, Ayaka Yuu, Kanou Chiho, Maiji Haruka, Oozora Mika, Hozuki Mio, Mimi Anri, Tachiki Mie, Kanda Tomo, Kyougoku Ayano, Machi Arisa, Shinobu Murasaki, Asukai Mari, Tachibana Hitomi
Grand Theater only: Sayuki Rei, Hayami Kei, Kaikyou Hiroki (Snow)
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
This arrangement of the War and Peace novel begins about half-way through book two, with the temporary truce brookered between Russia and France. Pierre has already married and become estranged from Hélène, and Prince Andrei's wife Lise has already passed away.
The action of the musical opens at Natasha's first grand ball, where through Pierre's kindness she meets and dances with Prince Andrei, and the two fall in love. In short time Prince Andrei returns to his father's home to talk with his father about marrying Natasha. His father urges caution, particularly when his many absences have already left the burden of raising Prince Andrei's son on his sister's shoulders. Prince Andrei and Natasha thus begin a secret (from society), year-long engagement, and Prince Andrei promises the young Natasha that if she changes her mind or falls in love with another man throughout that year, she is free to break the engagement.
Prince Andrei and Natasha's older brother Nikolai depart for the battle field once more, as Napoleon invades Russia. Nikolai must say farewell to his cousin Sonya, whom he has promised to marry.
Natasha visits the opera with her family, where she meets the dissolute Hélène and her brother Anatole Kuragin. The two begin a secret affair, and Natasha's cousin Sonya brings a letter she has discovered to Pierre to seek his advice. Together, they prevent Natasha from eloping. Pierre finds Anatole at his wife's salon and confronts him, extracting his promise not to make the affair known to society. Hélène mocks Pierre, who realizes for the first time that he loves Natasha.
Pierre then meets Natasha and breaks the news to her that Kuragin is already married, and never meant to marry her. Natasha is devastated, not least of all because she has already written to tell Prince Andrei of her decision to elope with Anatole. Pierre makes an attempt to renew the betrothal between Natasha and Prince Andrei, but the prince refuses. On the eve of battle, expecting to die, he admits to Natasha's brother Nikolai that what he really cannot forgive was his own hope and expectations, at his age, for the love of such a young girl.
General Kutuzov, the Russian commander-in-chief, makes several unpopular decisions that anger his emperor and soldiers. He withdraws from Napoleon's superior forces, burning the countryside so that the French army will have no provisions, and abandoning Moscow to the French army. After the city has emptied, it is torched by the Russians themselves.
Withdrawing to an estate outside of Moscow, the Rostovs also bring with them a badly wounded Prince Andrei. Natasha decides to devote the rest of her life to taking care of the prince and nursing him back to health. They watch Moscow burn. Prince Andrei regains consciousness, but refuses to speak to or acknowledge Natasha. Meanwhile, due to overcrowding at the nearby field hospital, the Rostovs take in more wounded soldiers. One of these soldiers is Kuragin, whom Natasha also nurses.
The French arrive in Moscow, astounded to find it in ruins. The soldiers, who had fought so hard to see the famed city, are disheartened. Napoleon and his officers worry about the approaching winter.
Kuragin regains his health, though not full mobility of his leg. He and his friends answer a call to arms. Pierre also decides to go to the battlefield, to do what he can, parting from Natasha with the mysterious words: "If I should return alive...."
The first snow of the year is late, and heralded with joy by the tsar and consternation by Napoleon. General Kutuzov finally moves onto the offensive. The Rostovs are outside seeing the soldiers off as the snow begins to fall, and Prince Andrei emerges, supported by his sister. He has been waiting, fighting to live, so that he could see the snow fall. He absolves Natasha of any blame, telling her he loves her, and there is nothing to forgive. He tells her she has made him very happy, and asks her to live on, for him. He dies quietly.
- The show's plot focuses on the romance between Prince Andrei and Natasha.
- Top musumeyaku Minakaze Mai retired with this show.
- Haruna Yuri and Tajima Kumi, two stars of Senka (and Haruna Yuri had spent nine years as top star of Moon Troupe) also retired with this show.
- Also retired: Ayaha Romi (Senka), Azumi Reika, Ootsu Asuka, You Akira. Also, Sayuki Rei and Hayami Kei (Grand Theater).
- Kaikyou Hiroki (who had been transferred to Snow Troupe in July) made a special appearance in the Grand Theater performance, and played Pierre in the shinjin kouen.
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