Casanova, Memento of a Dream / La Cantata!
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English Title: Casanova, Memento of a Dream / La Cantata!
Japanese Title: カサノヴァ・夢のかたみ / ラ・カンタータ！
Romanized Title: Kasanova - Yume no Katami / La Cantata!
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/12 - 9/26; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/1 - 12/26
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/30; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 12/13
Casanova, Memento of a Dream:
Author/Director: Koike Shuuichirou
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko, Kai Masato
Choreographer: Shou Sumire, Maeda Kiyomi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Conductor (Tokyo): Sasada Aiichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director (Takarazuka): Oota Tetsunori
Shinjin Kouen Director (Tokyo): Koike Shuuichirou, Ogita Kouichi
Author/Director: Okada Keiji
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni, Minami Yasuo, Kai Masato
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire, Yamada Taku
Conductor (Takarazuka): Okada Yoshiki
Conductor (Tokyo): Okada Yoshiki
Available on DVD: No. The revue La Cantata! is included on the 80th Anniversary Celebration VHS.
|Giacomo Casanova (one of the most famous adventurers in love)||Shion Yuu||Kozuki Wataru|
|Jeanne (Casanova's love, later Madame de Pompadour)||Shiraki Ayaka||Hoshina Yuri|
|Comte de Saint-Germain (a heretic magician who uses alchemy)||Asaji Saki||Kanda Tomo|
|Louis XV||Minoru Kou||Asamiya Mayu|
|Marchioness d'Urfé (Saint-Germain's patron, a mania for alchemy) / The Nun (Jeanne's grandmother)||Kishi Kaori||Maiji Haruka|
|Archbishop San Marco||Ebira Kaoru||Jun Atsuki|
|The Doge of Venice||Itsuki Chihiro||Kyougoku Ayano|
|Count Argenson (France's Minister of Foreign Affairs)||Natsumi You||Oohiro Ayumu|
|Archbishop Pomon (archbishop of Paris)||Chiaki Shin||Manami Shiho|
|Damien (an enemy of Louis XV)||Maori Yuki||Kujou Akira|
|Comte Stanville (a French diplomat)||Emao Yuu||Takao Rio|
|Valvi (an imposter walking around as Casanova)||Marimura Nao||Asamine Hikari|
|Annabel (Marchioness d'Urfé's daughter)||Ema Naoki||Marisa Hitomi|
|King Frederick (king of Prussia)||Senju Hikaru||Natsukaze Rio|
|Maria Theresa (queen of Austria)||Izumo Aya||Mimi Anri|
|Franz I||Kyougoku Ayano|
|Elizaveta (Tzarina of Russia)||Maiji Haruka||Kei Natsuki|
|Richelieu (Argenson's underling)||Kinami Chie(**)||Oonatsu Shizuki|
|Lucrezia (an actress)||Tomo Maika||Ryou Akino|
|Queen Marie Leszczinska||Hoshina Yuri(*)||Hazumi Rui|
|Maria Theresa's Eldest Daughter||Shinobu Murasaki|
|Maria Theresa's Second Daughter||Asukai Mari|
|Maria Theresa's Third Daughter||Tachibana Hitomi|
|Maria Theresa's Fourth Daughter||Mibae Yuuri|
|Maria Theresa's Fifth Daughter||Machi Arisa|
|Maria Theresa's First Son||Misono Erika|
|Maria Theresa's Second Son||Tsuzushiro Ai|
|Lady Rozan||Agi Katsura|
|Lady Gramont||Matsubara Midori|
|Voltaire (a playwright)||Manaka Hikaru|
|Boucher (a painter)||Miyabi Kei|
|Rousseau (a novelist)||Nishiki Ai|
|Bernis (a poet)||Nozomi Kei|
|Diderot (a philosopher)||Asao Ritsuki|
|d'Alembert (a mathematician)||Ayaka Yuu|
|Prussian Ambassador||Oonatsu Shizuki|
(*) Tokyo: Tsukikage Hitomi
(**) Tokyo: Nishiki Ai
Other Cast: Oohiro Ayumu, Asamine Hikari, Asamiya Mayu, Suzuna Saya, Oka Kazumi, Shiratori Yurie, Kei Natsuki, Ayato Rena, Manami Shiho, Akira Kazuki, Asazora Riho, Hibiya Megumi, Hara Miteki, Kahou Yurika, Hazumi Rui, Miyasu Ari, Hanasaki Rika, Natsukaze Rio, Shiran Masumi, Hodaka Yuu, Tsukasa Yuuki, Kaihou Tamaki, Kimi Tomoka, Akisono Mio, Tatsu Tsukasa, Kazaki Maya, Ayase Saki, Mizuhara Madoka, Riri Seira, Azusa Marin, Miki Chigusa, Ayasaki Narumi, Aimi Rise
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Casanova, Memento of a Dream
A romantic musical about "the romance that never happened" between Giacomo Casanova (one of the most famous adventurers in love) and Madame de Pompadour (the favorite mistress of King Louis XV).
(summary from official booklet)
In the middle of the 18th century in the Republic of Venetia, Giacomo Casanova was thrown in jail in his hometown. Casanova escaped from jail but years later on the day of the beloved Red Rose Festival he comes home. A priest captures him in Saint Marco Square. It is generally believed that while Casanova was a fugitive he joined an anti-Catholic secret society. He is turned over to a religious court for trial. The Governor-General steps in and orders Casanova to perform on stage the story of his fugitive life.
Seven years ago Casanova fell in love at first sight with a French girl called Jeanne at a festival. Casanova presented a rose to her. A domineering actress was in love with Casanova at that time so he ran away with Jeanne. Later a fortune-teller called Catarani surprised them by saying someday Jeanne would be a queen. Tragically Casanova was arrested for kidnapping Jeanne. The lovers were forced to separate but they promised they would meet again somewhere somehow.
Casanova escaped from prison. He met again the fortune-teller Catarani who was in fact Count de Saint-Germain. The Count took Casanova to Vienna to see Empress Maria Theresia and to Moscow to meet Empress Elizaveta to give them a special medicine that could keep people young. At the palace of Kaiser Friedrich II in Prussia Casanova met the French Ambassador Count Stanville. Count Stanville promised to take Casanova to a masked ball in Paris.
In Paris Count Argenson and Countess Estrades Richelieu and and Damien were plotting to murder king Louis XV. They wanted to get rid of Madame Pompadour, the king's lover. The conspirators were members of a secret society called the Freemasonry.
At the masked ball Casanova danced with a charming lady. While talking he discovered she was his beloved Jeanne. Damien attacked the king at the same moment but Casanova saved the king's life. Count Stanville rushed to the king's side but Damien escaped. Cardinal Vorman told the king that he must throw Madame Pompadour out of his court if he wished to save his life and his throne. The cardinal feared Pompadour because she didn't respect the Church and she was about to publish an encyclopedia which would bring a wide range of knowledge into the hands of many people. The king trusted his mistress completely and refused to listen to anyone who criticuzed her. Louis XV invited Casanova to Pompadour's palace Bellevue.
Pompadour told Casanova how she hated the Prussian fraction headed by Count Argenson. She said the Count was always trying to manipulate the king for his own political ends. She said she had to protect the king who was politically naive. Casanova knew he would never give up his love for this remarkable woman.
Louis XV and Count Stanville came to Bellevue to tell Madame Pompadour that Cardinal Vorman had ordered her to be burned at the stake. Pompadour fainted on hearing the terrible news and asked for some special medicine. The king ordered Stanville to go get the medicine from Count de Saint-Germain.
Saint-Germain was at the home of his patron Madame Duelve. A meeting of the Freemasonry was being held when Casanova arrived, so Casanova decided the best way to get the medicine for his beloved was to join the Freemasonry. Casanova discovered that Count Argenson had made Cardinal Vorman a member as a part of his plan to gain control of the churches. Casanova was given the medicine in return for becoming a Freemasonry.
Casanova secretly made his was back into Bellevue and gave the medicine to Madame Pompadour. She said that Saint-Germain had already given the same medicine to the king and in return the Freemasonry was allowed to operate. Since Freemasonry was controlled by Friedrich II of Prussian in effect a sort of alliance had been created between Prussia and France. Pompadour thought this alliance was a mistake because it could involve France in a war with Austria.
Count de Saint-Germain ordered Damien and Madame Duelve to attack Louis XV. The king was seriously wounded. If the king died Argenson and the Prussia would get rid of Madame Pompadour immediately. So to help his true love Casanova decided to ssek help from Empress Maria Theresia in Vienna.
Casanova to see Saint-Germain, the evil master sho had perverted science and medicine to control people. They fought and in the end Saint-Germain was killed by an electric shock from the machine he produced.
Casanova then went to Vienna and gave the Empress a letter from Madame Pompadour. The letter so impressed Maria Theresia that she decided to make an alliance of three nations - Russia, France and Austria. Thus, Pompadour defeated the Prussian fraction. Pompadour's happiness helped speed the king's recovery.
...Casanova had now come to the end of his story. Since he hed admitted to being a Freemasonry, Casanova was arrested. Count Stanville brought the Church's decision: Casanova was to be exiled. Exile, rather than a more severe punishment. was a favor Madame Pompadour had begged from the Church. She never came to Saint Marco Square. Casanova left her a message with Stanville that he would always love her, only her. The Casanova let Venetia forever.
Scene 1 - Opening
Les Girls, a quartet, open the show with the rousing song, "Welcome to Takarazuka". A gentleman powerfully but sweetly sings the theme of the show.
Gentleman S1 - Shion Yuu
Lady S - Shiraki Ayaka
Gentleman S2 - Asaji Saki
Scene 2 - State Fair
The State Fair is held in a beautiful grove full of lavender and lilies-of-the-valley. People enjoy the fair. There is a sudden cloud burst. Fred, a debonair young man in a straw boater, dances with Agnes.
Fred - Asaji Saki
Agnes - Ryou Akino
Scene 3 - Temptation
Robert sings of sad long ago memories. In 1945 he fell in love with a maried woman, Catherine. She loved Rovert but decided to stay with her husband, David.
Robert - Shion Yuu
Catherine - Shiraki Ayaka
David - Natsumi You
Scene 4 - Ciboney Concerto
The whole cast dances to the dynamic rhythms of a Latin beat.
Latin Man S / Siboney Man - Shion Yuu
Latin Woman S - Shiraki Ayaka
Latin Man S1 - Asaji Saki
Latin Singer Man S - Maori Yuki
Latin Singer Woman S - Izumo Aya
Scene 5 - Heat On
A young man in a soft cap and a atriped auit sings a swinging jazz melody.
Jazz Man - Asaji Saki
Jazz Singer (Man) - Maori Yuki
Jazz Singer (Woman) - Izumo Aya
Scene 6 - Le Girls & The Rockette
68 members of the Takarazuka Revue perform an unforgetable chorus line.
Scene 7 - Bolero of Passionate Love
In a dramatic scene a singer sings a song full of passion. A woman responds by putting his feelings of love into a dance with the singer. Other lovers join them.
Singer - Shion Yuu
Scene 8 - Finale
A youngman puts all his emotions into a song of his brilliant memories.
Gentleman S1 - Shion Yuu
Lady S - Shiraki Ayaka
Gentleman S2 - Asaji Saki
Retirements after Takarazuka run: Kinami Chie, Jun Atsuki and Ayato Rena
Retirements after Tokyo run: top star Shion Yuu, Hagoromo Ran, Kanou Chiho
Troupe changes: Hoshina Yuri from Star to Snow on 09/26 (after Takarazuka run); Tsukikage Hitomi from Snow to Star on 11/08.
Stage name changes: Jun Atsuki from 純あつき to じゅんあつき with the same pronounce.
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