Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas
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English Title: Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas ~The Stars~
Japanese Title: 霧深きエルベのほとり / ESTRELLAS ～エストレージャス, 星たち～
Romanized Title: Kiribukaki Erube no Hotori / Estrellas ~Esutoreejasu, Hoshitachi~
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 01/01 - 02/4; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 02/15 - 03/24
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 01/22; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 02/28
Beside the Foggy Elbe:
Author: Kikuta Kazuo
Adaptation / Director: Ueda Kumiko
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Aoki Tomoko, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazunori
Shinjin Kouen Director: Tani Takaya
Author / Director: Nakamura Satoru
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Kuratomi Shinichi, Teshima Kyouko, Aoki Tomoko
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, Hirasawa Satoshi, AYAKO, Momoka Sari
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Available on DVD: yes (release date 03/16/19)
Available on Blu-Ray: yes (release date 03/16/19)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
Other Cast: Kou Erise, Hazuki Riran, Asakura Shizuku, Kusanagi Kizuki, Yuran Sui, Otoka Rima, Hiroki Yuzuha, Harei Yuka, Emika Rena, Kouga Toiro, Ayane Miran, Seharu Asa, Mitsurugi Kai, Maoka Noa†, Riona Haru, Touki Raia, Hikari An
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Beside the Foggy Elbe
Karl was a ship hand, who has decided to return to his hometown of Hamburg. There on the night of the yearly beer festival, he meets Margit, who tells him she has left her family home in search of freedom. They spend the night in a hotel, and fall in love. Not wanting to part, Karl proposes to Margit and the two rent an apartment together.
In truth, Margit is the daughter of a prominent Hamburg family, and is engaged to a man named Florian. When her family comes in search of her, Margit vows to only return with Karl by her side. Surrounded by these disapproving people, Karl soon finds himself adrift because of his rough speech and manners, and Margit herself starts to feel ashamed of him. While she is wavering, Florian gently remonstrates with her.
Karl also sees how Margit feels. Although they love each other, they are pained by their distancing feelings. Karl resolves to leave Margit for her own good. He takes money offered to him by Margit's father Josef, then throws painful, abusive language at Margit as he leaves. Margit despairs, but then Florian admonishes her that Karl must have used those words thinking it was for her own good. So Margit goes after Karl. Karl is at the harbor at his usual watering hole, waiting to depart once more on his ship that evening, and he asks someone to return the money to Margit for him when his ship leaves.
The sound of a departing ships horn rings out in the fog. Karl sets out to sea once more alone, thinking only of Margit....
Estrellas means "stars" in Spanish. This has a theme of "giving a light like that of the stars," since it is for Star Troupe, which gives the sparkle of all the stars in the heavens to people's hearts. This is a work which will allow the stars of Star Troupe to showcase their energetic singing voices and dance overflowing with liveliness.
- This is the 5th production of "Beside the Foggy Elbe", which was first performed by Moon Troupe in 1963. Previous to this performance it was revived most recently in 1983 by Flower Troupe.
- Final performance for Nanami Hiroki, Seki Yurito, Katori Reira, and Amakake Sakura.
- † Maoka Noa was absent due to poor health from 01/12 - 01/16. She returned to the performance as of the 11AM performance on 01/17/19.
- Originally scheduled to appear in God of Stars / Éclair Brillant, on the first day of rehearsals (05/28/2019) Otoka Rima announced her immediate retirement, making this her last performance.
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