2002 TCA Special: Love & Dream
Rika and Taatan hit on poor Ootori Rei / Komu's M.J. is very attached to his monkey....
English Title: TCA Special 2002: Love & Dream
Japanese Title: TCAスペシャル2002 LOVE&DREAM
Romanized Title: TCA Supesharu 2002 LOVE&DREAM
Troupe: Flower, Moon, Snow, Star, Cosmos, Senka
Performances: (LOVE) Grand Theater, 6/6 - 6/7; (DREAM) Tokyo Theater, 6/6 - 6/7
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 9/10/02)
DVD Scene/Music Cut: No
Flower: Ootori Rei (Top Musumeyaku) ( Takumi Hibiki was out because of her illness)
Moon: Shibuki Jun & Emi Kurara (Tops)
Snow: Emao Yuu & Konno Mahiru (Tops), Yamashina Ai, Souno Haruto, Maisaki Rin, Kamizuki Akane, Morisaki Kaguya, Jin Reika, Kaho Anna, Kojou Yukino, Soraki Reika, Suzuhana Risa, Manami Sora, Asakura Momoko, Ouki Kaname, Hozuki Haruna, Ozuki Tooma, Tani Mizuse, Haruka Midori, Saou Kurama, Shiraho Rin
Star: Kouju Tatsuki & Nagisa Aki (Tops)
Cosmos: Wao Youka & Hanafusa Mari (Tops)
Senka: Hatsukaze Midori, Kozuki Wataru, Iori Naoka, Ayaki Nao, Naruse Kouki
Flower: Haruno Sumire, Sena Jun, Maikaze Rira, Toono Asuka, Misuzu Aki, Sakura Ichika, Mineki Ayato, Nanase Kira, Hanagiri Wakana, Kashiro Kiho
Moon: Kiriya Hiromu, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Shijou Rui
Snow: Asami Hikaru, Takashiro Kei, Asaki Yumemi, Shirahane Yuri
Star: Aran Kei, Yumeki Noa, Kanou Chika, Koto Marie
Cosmos: Mizu Natsuki, Kuon Maya, Fuzuki Miyo, Ayano Kanami
Senka: Todoroki Yuu, Dan Rei
You might notice, there's only one top star listed in Flower. That's because Charlie was out because of her illness. They talked about her at the beginning of the show, and then, at the end... There was a letter from her. Otori Rei read it, and everyone looked so upset. Rika was crying so hard that her mascara started running. So there's a bit of a dark cloud over this show. But everyone tried so hard to give a good performance.
Anyway, because this was mostly top stars with crazy, insane schedules, there wasn't much dancing at all, and when there was it was mostly the Senka ladies. When the top stars did dance, they weren't in step very well. The show is mainly songs from Takarazuka shows that the top stars had performed in.
However, the skit they did? Infamous. It's a singing contest, between really random groups of people. Gaichi, Wataru, and Iori are researchers bulging with fruit and vegetables, and they sing 「荒城の月」. Yes, really. Wao, Saeko, and Naruse are high school baseball players, and they sing 「ソーラン節」, complete with breaking voices. Emao Yuu is a mild-mannered salaryman, and she sings 「真赤な太陽」. Enka! Rika and Taatan as apple farmers singing 「リンゴ追分」.
The MC between Saeko and Naruse was really funny. Basically, they had to introduce the next section, but also keep talking until everything was set up. Saeko looks over to the side: "No OK sign yet?" Naruse, laughing, says something along the lines of: "Sae-chan! You can't just say that!" Saeko: "A long time ago, we were in Moon Troupe together. ...We did a lot of dangerous things, huh?" Naruse (laughing, but looking worried) "Better not talk about that..."
There is also Hanafusa Mari as Oscar and Nagisa Aki as Andre singing "Ai Areba Koso"!
There were Elvis impersonators and Michael Jackson impersonators when they sang selections by bothof those artists. Also, during the MCs, they flashed pictures of the 'siennes as babies and when they were just starting in Takarazuka! Now those conversations got amusing. Especially when Touko, Comu, and Osa started cracking themselves up so much they couldn't stop (it took them about FIVE tries to close out their MC). And Mizu admitting she'd mixed herself up with her twin sister...
There was a rock section, Spanish, Jazz, Gospel, and songs from recent and old Takarazuka shows.
Any other interesting or important stuff.
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