Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Ma Belle Etoile (Snow 1995)


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English Title: Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Ma Belle Etoile
Japanese Title: あかねさす紫の花 / マ・ベルエトワール
Romanized Title: Akanesasu Murasakino Hana / Ma Beru Etowaaru

Troupe: Snow
Year: 1995
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/10 - 12/18

Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino

Based On: Asuka Period History
Author / Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Director / Choreography: Hanawaka Shunjuu (花若春秋),
Music: Yoshida Yuuko, Terada Takio

Ma Belle Etoile

Based On: n/a
Author / Director: Murakami Nobuo
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni, Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Ieki Hiroshi, Takemura Rui, Maeda Kiyomi

Available on DVD: Yes (Release Date: 05/20/2006)
DVD Scene/Music Cut: No


Cast information here.

RoleCastShinjin Kouen
Ooama no Miko Ichiro Maki Aran Kei
Nukata no OokimiHanafusa Mari Kisaki Miri
Nakano Ooe no Miko (crown prince, older brother of Ooama)Takane Fubuki 1Takakura Kyou
Kagami no Ookimi (Nukata's older sister)Midori Hanaka Mayo Sakura
Amehiko (a Buddhist image maker in love with Nukata)Todoroki Yuu 2Takashiro Kei
Ozuki (Amehiko's wife)Hoshina Yuri Ai Youko
Nakatomi no Kamatari (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Kouju Tatsuki Shiomi Maho
Amano Inukai no Murajikatsumaro (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Wao Youka Yumeki Noa
Saeki no Murajikomaro (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Takakura Kyou Tatsuki You
Katsuragiwakainikai no Murajiamita (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Kaede Saki Ayabuki Mao
Yasakabe no Murajikurame (Nakano Ooe's retainer)Shiomi Maho Hatsune Mayo
Midori (Ooama's retainer)Aran Kei Mayuzuki Kou
Shikina (Ooama's retainer)Takashiro Kei Takase Yuu
Empress Saimei (Nakano Ooe and Ooama's mother)Kyou Misa Miho Keiko
Kagami no Miko (Nukata and Kagami's father)Kodai Mizuki Kotobuki Tsukasa
Funasaka no Iratsume (Nukata's nurse)Saotome Sachi Kasai Hitomi
Arima no Miko (Saimei's nephew)Yuumi Reo Yuu Naoki
Ootomo no Miko (Nakano Ooe's son)Mayuzuki Kou Mirai Yuuki
Uno no Himemiko (Nakano Ooe's daughter)Kojou Ran
Toochi no Himemiko (Nukata and Ooama's daughter)Kisaki Miri Aida Megu
Kanemaru (a mirror-maker, Amehiko's brother)Izumi Tsukasa Kaede Saki
Koizumi (master of the Arima Onsen)Asuka Yuu Takaragi Aya

1 Also: Todoroki Yuu (11/14-19, 11/24-26, 12/1-5, 12/11-15)
2 Also: Takane Fubuki (11/10-13, 11/20-23, 11/27-30, 12/7-10, 12/16-18)

Other cast: Ami Jun, Tasai Shun, Akari Nami, Itsumine Aki, Shu Michiru, Chiya Akira, Marioka Tomomi, Yabuki Shou, Haruno Wakaba, Asakage Rui, Morio Kazumi, Katsuragi Nanaho, Iraka Maya, Marika Nami, Chiya Akira, Yuumi Reo, Takaragi Aya, Kotobuki Tsukasa, Kasai Hitomi, Mayo Sakura, Maki Megumi, Arisa Miho, Amamiya Moe, Aki Mizuho, Hibiki Maria, Ounami Tsubasa, Amaki Kaori, Kazahaya Yuu, Mashio Izuru, Hazuki Rei, Yuu Naoki, Akasaka Miki, Yuuki Mao, Takase Yuu, Aiki Shuri, Yumeki Noa, Mirai Yuuki, Hanabuki Mai, Komari Nana, Aida Megu, Mariho Erina, Tamaki Kaho, Yumena Saya, Kasumi Fuuka, Nijino Yumeka, Ere Marina, Yurika Shiho, Marina Miho, Hitomi Rika, Mizutani Shino, Haru Ayuka, Matsuyuki Kanako, Tatsuki You, Michi Kiyora, Saezuki Akira, Sugata Kou, Minaho Karin, Namiki Akira, Machika Meguru, Mitsumi Akiho, Kaou Remi, Kazami Yoshiki, Ayabuki Mao, Hatsune Mayo



Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino

Asuka Period, Japan. Ooama no Miko meets Nukata no Ookimi when he goes with his older brother (Nakano Ooe no Miko) to her house. There Nakano Ooe is wooing Nukata's older sister, and so the two younger siblings meet and fall in love. Five years later, Ooama and Nukata are married, and a daughter has just been born. Ooama talks happily to Nukata about his plans with his brother to jointly rule their empire of Yamato. As Nukata listens to his naive, happy chatter, she becomes uneasy. Later, Nakano Ooe arrives and tells Nukata that she has grown and become very lovely. He has fallen in love with her, and wants her for his own. Caught between the two brothers, Nukata flees back to her father's house.

Nakano Ooe's retainer comes to fetch her, telling her not to be selfish. With her missing, rumors of estrangement between the brothers have grown and their vassals are rebelling. She returns to court. There Nakano Ooe makes it clear that he will not bend in this. He needs Nukata. Under political pressure, Ooama agrees to give up his wife, allowing his brother to make her his empress.

Meanwhile, Nukata's childhood friend has followed her to court. Although married, Amehiko continues to hold Nukata up as his perfect lady, and finds it soothing to be in sight of the palace where she lives. His wife worries for him, as he is stretched thin by his consuming passion. His brother comes to fetch him home, and he flees once more to Arima.

In Arima, the empress Saimei goes to the hot springs to relax. She has many memories there, including the birth of her first son, Nakano Ooe. She speaks with Nukata, wondering if perhaps her son has grown too great for his own good. Nakano Ooe has followed them to Arima, intending to carry out his own plans by killing the young Arima no Miko, whom rumor says is planning a rebellion. He tells Nukata of his plans, and she begs for the young boy's life, but Nakano Ooe stands firm, pulling her to him. Amehiko walks by then and discovers them. He is crushed to see that the rumors are true, and that Nukata is with Nakano Ooe. Now devastated, he runs from her and back to his home, where he collapses in the arms of his wife.

In court, a drunken Ooama arrives late to Nakano Ooe's birthday celebrations. He will give his brother a dance, he says. He refuses to give up his spear, dancing with greater and greater passion while Nakano Ooe's retainers keep a close eye on him. He grabs Nukata and tries to leave, but Nakano Ooe pulls his sword to stop him. The two brothers fight, but in the end, Ooama cannot kill his brother. And still Nakano Ooe refuses to give up Nukata.

Ma Belle Etoile

A journey through the 20th century in song and dance.

Scenes 1-2: Prologue

People in the late 20th century. A prince appears and sings about suffering at the end of this century. He embarks on a journey in search of dreams of the last 100 years. All warriors move back to the past in a time machine which looks like a huge space ship. Dynamic dancing begins, and the world in the early 20th century appears.

Scene 3: Ma Belle Etoile

The prince who lands on the youthful shining earth sings of his joy. Maniac scholars of the 20th century meet him. Then they give him a letter of invitation to take a youthful city tour of the 20th century.

Prince Ichiro Maki
Princess Hanafusa Mari
Warrior A Takane Fubuki, Todoroki Yuu, Kouju Tatsuki, Wao Youka

Scene 4: Ca C'est Paris: Parisian Streets

In front of a cafe on the streets of Paris in the 1920s and 30s. Four Parisians with Frere Jacques-style mustaches start gayly singing revue songs of Mystanget. Then, from the Metro exit emerge a gigolo, a street woman, a rich madam, a girl selling flowers, a child and a garcon, singing the high praises of paris.

Scene 5: A night in Paris (in front of Madeleine Temple)

Night falls on Paris. Just as the gas lamps are turned on, a gentleman in a swallowtailed coat appears, singing and dancing romantically.

Gentleman A Todoroki Yuu

Scene 6: An apartment

The room seen from the eyes of a cat. There are a huge chair and table in the room, and the Eiffel Tower is visible through the window. At night, a French antique doll begins to move. An identical doll also shows up, and they dance merrily. As the doll steps on the tail of the black cat (Chat Noir), the cat gets angry and begins to dance. Chat Noir loves the bird in the cage (Chanel). They dance passionately. At last, Chanel rises into the air.

Chanel Hanafusa Mari
Chat Noir Takane Fubuki

Scene 7: Revue au revue

Two men in swallow-tailed coats sing a song dedicated to the springtime of life in Paris. A lady and a gentleman with a feather fan appear and dance stunningly.

Etoile Takane Fubuki, Todoroki Yuu

Scenes 8-10 Love in Shanghai

Shanghai in 1910. A British military officer wanders through the streets in the rain. Amidst crowds carrying umbrellas, he meets a Chinese girl and falls in love with her. The Chinese girl invites the officer to a mysterious parlour where he is made to inhale strange smoke. The Chinese girl is actually a spy seeking information from the officer. He drifts into a state of hallucination. A cover of psychedelic flowers floods the stage and he drowns in his overpowering love for her. The Chinese girl is also falling in love with him. They truly love each other. However, she is taken away by a group of spies. The officer is left alone, and embraces the Chinese fan she has left.

Richard Ichiro Maki
Chinese girl Hanafusa Mari

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