'96 TCA Special "Melodies and Memories"
Picture Credit: Caithion / Eternal Tale skit, Kuze Seika
English Title: '96 TCA Special "Melodies and Memories"
Japanese Title: '96TCAスペシャル 「メロディーズ・アンド・メモリーズ」
Romanized Title: '96 TCA Supesharu Merodiizu ando Memoriizu
Troupe: Flower, Moon, Snow, Star
Performances: Grand Theater, 5/17 - 5/18
Available on DVD: VHS only
Senka: Matsumoto Yuri
Flower: Maya Miki & Junna Risa (Tops), Kaikyou Hiroki, Aika Mire, Kouju Tatsuki, Takumi Hibiki, Nagisa Aki, Hatsukaze Midori, Iori Naoka, Takaragi Aya, Suzukake Miyuki, Chihiro Reika
Moon: Kuze Seika & Kazahana Mai (Tops), Makoto Tsubasa, Shizuki Asato, Shiokaze Kou, Juri Sakiho, Hoshino Hitomi, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Mizu Natsuki, Minashiro Hikari, Sen Hosachi
Snow: Ichiro Maki & Hanafusa Mari (Tops), Takane Fubuki, Todoroki Yuu, Shu Michiru, Wao Youka, Mimi Anri, Takakura Kyou, Kaede Saki, Hoshina Yuri, Aran Kei, Arisa Miho, Kisaki Miri
Star: Asaji Saki & Shiraki Ayaka (Tops), Izumo Aya, Minoru Kou, Shibuki Jun, Emao Yuu, Kanda Tomo, Kozuki Wataru, Kujou Akira, Ryou Akino, Suzuna Saya, Tsukikage Hitomi, Ayaki Nao, Hazumi Rui, Akisono Mio
Instead of the usual parade down the stairs or something like that to introduce the troupes, they jump right into doing scenes from famous oriental-style Takarazuka musicals. Starlight People, a Shinsengumi musical originally done in the 70s by Yuki. Here Hana does it, with Maya Miki playing Okita Souji, also includes Shiraki Ayaka, Takane Fubuki, and Makoto Tsubasa. Eternal Tale stars Kuze, Hanafusa, and Todoroki. Red Flowers Falling in Menam tells the story of a Japanese ambassador (Yamada: Asaji Saki) to Shamuro, other cast includes Kazahana Mai, Aika Mire, Shibuki Jun, Shizuki Asato, and Wataru Kozuki. The old favorite, Lover's Suicide shows up again, with Ichiro Maki and Hanafusa Mari playing the lovers, also includes Minoru Kou, Kouju Tatsuki (singing "Kono Yo ni Tada Hitotsu"), and Kaikyou Hiroki.
We open with a collection of songs from Western musicals, including Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Dean, songs from Kurt Weill, Maury Yeston, and Cole Porter. A medley of Offenbach songs leads us into recent Takarazuka favorites, including a La Nostalgie featuring most of the top-track otokoyaku of the time. Also, Ichiro Maki singing "Watashi Dake ni" in her otokoyaku voice. And then we end with the parade to "Takarazuka Forever."
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