Can-Can / Nightless Castle in Manhattan


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English Title: Can-Can / Nightless Castle in Manhattan
Japanese Title: カン カン / マンハッタン不夜城
Romanized Title: Kan Kan / Manhattan Fuyajou

Troupe: Moon
Year: 1996
Performances: Grand Theater, 3/29 - 5/6; Tokyo Theater, 7/4 - 7/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 4/16; Tokyo Theater, 7/16


Based On: Broadway musical Can-Can
Author: Book by Abe Burrows
Adapted/Directed by: Tani Masazumi
Music Director: Yoshizaki Kenji
Composer: Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter; arranged by Miyahara Tooru
Choreographer: Shou Sumire, Kurotaki Tsukio
Shinjin Kouen Director: Fujii Daisuke

Nightless Castle in Manhattan:

Author/Director: Kusano Akira
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Yoshida Yuuko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Ueshima Yukio, Iga Yuuko, Robert Longbottom

Available on DVD: VHS only


RoleCastShinjinkoen Cast
Aristide Forestier, a new judgeKuze Seika Mizu Natsuki
La Mome Pistache, owner of a dance hallKazahana Mai Sen Hosachi
Victor Jussac, an art critic and young industrialistMakoto Tsubasa Naruse Kouki
Boris, a sculptorShizuki Asato Juri Sakiho
Henri Marceau, presiding judgeNatori Rei Takashou Mizuki
Ramolis, dignified head of the Paris widows associationKuni Natsuki Hoshino Hitomi
Louis Gaston, police superintendentAoi Miya Nashiro Aoi
Albert, head waiterOomine Mayu Mahoroba Yuu
Mimi, a modelNatsuki Mami Dan Rei
Gabrielle, a dancer, Etienne's loverNatsukawa Yura Mizusawa Hazuki
Francois, a composerMayama Haru Ootaka Tsubasa
Celestine, a dancer, Teofille's loverMihara Shiho Mizushima Aoi
Etienne, a poetShiokaze Kou Oozora Yuuhi
Teofille, a painterMisato Maya Hanazuki Aya
Hercule, an architectJuri Sakiho Yamato Yuuga
Clodinne, a dancer, Boris's loverSen Hosachi Minashiro Hikari
Marie, a dancer, Etienne's loverYamabuki Sayo Sonomiya Reina
Madame Carnet, head of the Women's Union for the Ellimination of Immoral DanceAsahi Mari Runa Mari (Takarazuka)
Suzuna Mio (Tokyo)
Madame Becker, head of the Mothers' Group for Public MoralsKai Chihiro Jouka Azuki
Maurice, waiterKouki Subaru Kaji Yuuki
Louis, waiterYuuki Kaoru Narumi Jun
Chrissy, dancerNatsuno Saki Tsubura Hitomi
Josephine, dancerAihara Serika Misugi Chika
Paula, dancerRuna Mari Ayazono Yuki
Juliette, dancerJouka Azuki Nana Marika
Florence, dancerSonomiya Reina Kitahara Rima
Madeleine, dancerMinashiro Hikari Akane Mitsuki
Corinne, dancerKou Suzuka Hanakage Misaki
Mireille, dancer Mizusawa Hazuki Takigawa Sueko
Barrière, judgeKoshi Haruki Kitajima Mami
Barouh, cameramanYoshizuki Eri Akizuki Shou
Gerald, policemanTakashou Mizuki Haruna Rio
Anatole, policemanNashiro Aoi Shizuki Kou
Anette, woman from MontmartreAkatsuki Nagisa Honami Aria
Bovary, a nunRika Masumi Suzuna Mio
Court AttendantUjou Kaoru Ayura Kao
Flower GirlDan Rei Hanase Mizuka

Other Cast: Takachiho Mai, Taka Yuuki, Matsunami Mitsuru, Konami Azusa, Kazusa Mahiro, Hanaoka Miyuki, Wakae Yuki, Mizuho Tamaki, Subaru Kazuki, Taiju Maki, Koshino Ryuu, Arika Jun, Kazaho Yuuri, Sakuma Yuki, Kanon Shiori, Asagi Yuuna, Asama Moyu, Murasakino Yuki, Madoka Sakura, Isshiki Ruka, Keiju Mana, Ayadori Kanna, Chigusa Kotomi

82nd Class (Tokyo only): Saijou Mie, Kusunoki Keika, Ryouga Haruhi, Hime Kodama, Memu Chisato, Takaki Amane, Ken Ruisu, Kanou Chika, Tsukifune Sarara



In 1893, Paris, France. The Can-Can is a type of dance perceived as too erotic and is banned. However, Pistache, a very high-spirited woman, manages a dance hall called "Bal du Paradis", and makes the Can-Can the main attraction. Audiences gather to see the dance every night. Victor, Pistache's sponser and the best known art critic in Paris, helps her buy off the police and public prosecutors. In fact, police officers love the Can-Can and no one wants to stop it.

Things change when Forestier, a new judge, gets appointed and comes to town. He is very serious and orders a raid on the Bal du Paris, arresting all the dancers. Pistache tells the police that Victor is the owner and escapes getting arrested. All the dancers are charged and put on trial. However, no police officers come forward to testify, because they are all bought off. In addition, Victor argues very well in the trial and gets all of the dancers acquitted for lack of evidence.

Forestier is very irritated and decides to go to Bal du Paradis himself. Pistache does not know who Forestier is, but notices that he has an in-depth knowledge of the law. She wants to use him as a partner. However, an employee tells her that Forestier is the one who prosecuted the dance hall. Both are drawn to each other, even though both realize they are enemies. Still, Forestier is too loyal to his job and tells the police officers to arrest Pastiche as soon as the Can-Can starts.

Forestier visits the detention cell to visit Pastiche. He apologizes and tells her that he did not mean to arrest her and releases her. Pistache demands to re-open the Bal du Paradis, but Forestier cannot allow it as a judge. Pistache tells him that she is going to do things her own way and leaves him. Forestier, who is left alone, notices that he has fallen in love with Pastiche.

Later, Victor sets up an artists' ball at Bal du Paradis. It is a trap for Judge Forestier. Not knowing Victor's intention, Forestier gets up on stage to protect Pistache. Then, Victor introduces Forestier as the host of the ball. The next morning, people see a picture of Judge Forestier with the Can-Can dancers in the newspaper. The police come after him.

Artists help Forestier and protect him. He opens his mind to their way of living. When he is punished for supporting the dance hall, he decides to fight back in order to see that justice is served.

Soon, Forestier and Pastiche become partners and start a new laundry business at Bal du Paradis. They operate a laundry during the day to be legal, but at night it becomes a Can-Can dance hall. However, the police learn about it and arrest Forestier. This is a part of his plan, for he wants to stand up in court.

During the trial Pistache comes forward and claims that she is the one responsible. A judge and jury agree to see Can-Can firsthand and then take a vote at the dance hall.

At Bal du Paradis, Forestier, Pistache, Victor, and all the dancers present the Can-Can and make a plea for its wonderful entertainment. The jury votes and agrees that the Can-Can dance is a fun attraction and they demand the laws regulating this wonderful dance be reviewed. Therefore, Can-Can dance becomes legal. At the same time, Judge Forestier restores his reputation. Forestier and Pistache hug each other with joy.

Nightless Castle in Manhattan

Scenes 1 and 2 Prologue

The fog lifts and a meieval castle appears. The castle has just woken from a long sleep. In it, King Luna stands like a ghost. Suddenly, the stage setting changes to present-day Times Square, New York. King Luna and Queen Estrella are brought to life. They are amazed at the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and walk around the city with great interest.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou

Scene 3 Manhattan

Daytime in Manhattan. A group of strange fortune-tellers appear. Their leader, Rockenfellow, predicts a medeival castle will be built in Manhattan. New York Mayor Lincane disclaims his prediction. New Yorkers agree with the mayor.

Lincane: Makoto Tsubasa
Rockenfellow: Shizuki Asato

Scene 4 Nightless Castle

A fog gathers in night-time Manhattan, and an eerie light begins to shine. A nightless castle slowly becomes visible in the fog. The fog lifts to reveal the medeival "Rainbow Castle" which is shining brightly. King Luna and Queen Estrella appear on the balcony. They are not waering clothes from the Middle Ages, but modern attire. The stage changes to a dance party in which the castle residents participate.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou

Scene 5 Welcome to Manhattan

Manhattan residents, including the mayor, sing and dance to welcome King Luna and his entourage. The mayor presents new clothes to the king and queen, and they put them on. A welcome dance begins.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Lincane: Makoto Tsubasa
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou

Scenes 6 and 7 Invitation Card

The tramp Garo, who lives in a slum in Manhattan, receives an invitation to the castle. Garo is delighted and invites all his friends. They put on tuxedos which a butler prepared for them, clean themselves, and get in a car heading for the party.

Garo: Shizuki Asato

Scenes 8 and 9 King's Love

Prince Planet and Princess Rainbow appear. He tells a story about the king and queen's love. It was 16 years ago. Princess Estrella and her friends met Prince Luna. He invited them to go dancing, but Estrella did not feel comfortable with Luna because she was not good at dancing. Afer everyone left, a clown appeared and gave a redp pair of shoes to Estrella. As soon as she put them on, she started dancing like crazy due to the magical power in the shoes. When she tried to jump into a fountain, Prince Luna stopped her and kissed her. Then the red shoes came off.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou
Princess Rainbow: Sen Hosachi

Scenes 10-12 Wedding Anniversary

It is their majesties' wedding anniversary. The ministers discuss what acts King Luna and Queen Estrella should perform. With music, the king and queen start singing an opera. When it ends, Castle Thief Jacker Sanslot appears, causing chaos. When Sanslot gets caught, the big party starts again.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Sanslot: Makoto Tsubasa
Minister Dymos: Shizuki Asato
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou

Scenes 13 and 14 The Castle Thief's Dream

Sitting in their cell, Sanslot and his fellow men sing about their admiration for the castle. When Sanslot becomes frustrated and violent, Queen Estrella, the object of his affection, appears outside the cell. The queen and Sanslot fall in love. Is it real or is it just a dream? ... King Luna appears and sings of his love for the queen. The queen goes to him and Sanslot is left alone. The castle appears. The king and queen, again dressed in their medeival robes, are on the balcony.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Sanslot: Makoto Tsubasa

Scene 15 Epilogue

On the morning the castle is to appear, Queen Estrella is embraced by King Luna on the balcony as if nothing had happened. When the fog gathers again and th castle disappears, Sanslot is left alone in Manhattan. The city is back to normal again.

King Luna: Kuze Seika
Queen Estrella: Kazahana Mai
Sanslot: Makoto Tsubasa
Prince Planet: Shiokaze Kou

Scene 16A Manhattan Rocket

A rocket dance.

Scene 16B Good-bye Manhattan

Prince Planet appears and sings a song entitled "The City I Dreamed Of."

Scene 17 Finale A * B

The fortune-teller Rockenfellow, dressed as a medeival character, performs a song and dance about Manhattan.

Man in New York A: Shizuki Asato

Scene 18 Finale C

Mayor Lincane and his associates sing and dance.

Man in New York A: Makoto Tsubasa

Scene 19 Finale D

A) Eo flies in the air and balloons fall.
B) King Luna and Quuen Estrella dance to passionate music.
C) Lincane, Rockenfellow and Prince Planet sing and join the king and queen.
D) The entire cast appears on stage and a night in Manhattan turns into an illusion.

Man of Manhattan Festa S: Kuze Seika
Woman of Manhattan Festa S: Kazahana Mai

Scene 20 Finale E


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Created by caithion. Last Modification: Thursday 25 of April, 2019 23:38:33 GMT-0000 by tallae.