Emperor / Hemingway Revue


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English Title: Emperor / Hemingway Revue
Japanese Title: 皇帝 / ヘミングウェイ・レビュー
Romanized Title: Koutei/Heminguwei Revyuu

Troupe: Star
Year: 1998
Performances: Grand Theater, 6/26 - 8/3; 1000 Days Theater, 10/10 - 11/23
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 7/14; 1000 Days Theater, 10/27


Based On: The life of the Roman Emperor Nero
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Oono Takuji

Hemingway Revue

Based On: The life of Ernest Hemingway
Author/Director: Kusano Akira
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi

Available on DVD: VHS only


RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
NeroAsaji Saki Otowa Ryou
OctaviaHoshina Yuri Akisono Mio
Silanus Minoru Kou Asazumi Kei
BussleEmao Yuu Matobu Sei
AgrippinaKuni Natsuki Hazumi Rui
AteriusNatsumi You Natsukaze Rio
CorpuroEma Naoki Riri Seira
SenecaChiaki Shin Tsukasa Yuuki
LotosNishiki Ai Miki Chigusa
AugustTakao Rio Mizushiro Rena
AlcesKujou Akira Minase Ao
JuliusOtowa Ryou Tsubaki Hiroka
TachilusAsamiya Mayu Suzumi Shio
MarcusAsazumi Kei Mine Keito
SabinaAyaki Nao Yukiji Kaho
MesallaMarisa Hitomi Hisato Rie
JuliaMari Yuzumi Miya Erika

Others: Tomo Maika, Sagikusa Kaoru, Shouno Saki, Chitose Manabu, Shinobu Murasaki, Tachibana Hitomi, Asamine Hikari, Oohiro Ayumu, Hara Miteki, Hanasaki Rika, Azusa Marin, Ayase Saki, Aimi Rise, Masumi Urara, Yuuki Mayu, Yoshino Kyouka, Ayame Hikaru, Yumesaki Minori, Marino Yui, Suzuno Katsuki, Hoshikaze Erena, Aozora Yahiro, Hiiro Moe, Koto Marie, Takuma Saki, Yuuho Satoru, Mizuno Chiharu, Haoto Rino, Mashio Shin, Mifune Seika

84th Class (Group A): Sendou Kaho, Otozuki Kei, Toono Asuka, Orika Narumi, Ooma Miran, Maki Kaoru, Ushio Waka, Hayabusa Satsuki, Ryouma Tomo, Sawane Kazuki, Yukina Tsugumi, Chikoto Himeka, Sawa Manaho



Takarazuka Musical Romance


I century AD. In the Golden Palace of the Great Roman Empire. Using a position as the Empress Dowager as an excuse, Agrippina, mother of Emperor Nero, was doing whatever she felt like doing. Her atrocious behavior was causing trouble in the affairs of the Empire. One day, Sabina, a slave, crossed right in front of a carriage Agrippina was in. Getting furious, Agrippina ordered consuls to cut Sabina's head off. It was, however, prohibited by the law made by Nero to ride carriages in the city of Rome in the daytime.

Corpuro, a consul and Seneca, Nero's mentor, maintained that it was not Sabina's fault- Agrippina declared she took no heed of the rules Nero had made. Then Nero appeared and ordered to cut Sabina's head off. His cruel order caused quite a commotion among Seneca and others since Nero had been revered by people for his egalitarianism. Meanwhile Agrippina laughed triumphantly. Seneca and others worried that this would hurt Nero's reputation. But Nero wielded his sword on Sabina. He did so to cut off Sabina's handcuffs. Nero secretly let Sabina and her sister Messara go. Nero confided to Seneca that he could not possibly fight his mother no matter how unreasonable she was. After all, he said, Agrippina was the one who enthroned him.Nero was determined to take any criticism on her behalf.

Agrippina separated Nero and his wife, Octavia. When Octavia's mother passed away, Agrippina became the empress just to make Nero next emperor. Although Nero and Octavia became siblings, Agrippina arranged to marry them to secure her power. Octavia loved Nero dearly, while Nero considered Octavia as a sweet little sister. Octavia cried over the unrequited love.
Octavia's ex-fiance Seeranus told her that he still loved her and he would always be close to her.

Agrippina's overbearing behavior was getting out of hands. People were clamoring against her. They expressed distrust toward Nero. Being worried this might cause the collapse of the Great Roman Empire, Bussle and Nero's bodyguards decided to assassinate Emperor Dowager Agrippina. However Nero appeared in the nick of time, and the assassination plot failed.

Seneca told Nero that what Bussle and bodyguards had tried to do was for the sake of the Roman Empire. Nero made up his mind to kill Agrippina with his own hands after Seneca talked him into it. Nero murdered Agrippina in agony. Agrippina made confession and made an apology to Nero before she passed away. Her last words were full of motherly 1ove. Knowing the truth, Nero was filled with dismay. He made a vow that he would behave as his mother had behaved so that he could protect her reputation.

Nero's atrocious behavior began and people were astonished. They were discouraged by him. Bussle and his men decided to expel Nero with the help of Seeranus, who was an old friend of the former Emperor.

Amid this backdrop, Octavia understood Nero's intention and loved him. Nero told what was in his mind to Octavia. Though their romance was doomed, the bonds between them grew stronger.

With the joining of the Guards and Consuls, the troops lead by Seeranus and Bussle continued to defeat Nero's forces. Chances were slim for Nero to win. Although Seneca had tried to protect Nero to the very end, an all-out attack was overwhelming. Driven into the tight corner, Nero ordered Sabina and Messara who had rushed to rescue him to set the Palace on fire. Octavia appeared and begged Nero to kill her to wrap up his evil life. Answering her love, he took her life.

Stabbing himself, he met a heroic death enveloped in flames.

Dancing Fantasy

Hemingway Revue

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
“His life and works filled the world with intense light and shadows.”
He lived the days when men were most attractive. This revue will shed light on the beauty of “male” performers, making Hemingway as main theme. Featuring Hemingway’s love life, the revue depicts sensuality.

Prologue (Scenes 1-4)
Hemingway emerges in a ray of light. He is on the brink of death. Memories of his close friends pass through his mind. He sings "Last Message." The goddess of Death whispers to him. "Think over your life. You've got things to do yet." The stage unfolds quickly and brilliantly.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Agnes – Hoshina Yuri
Joe Russell (a close friend of Hemingway) – Minoru Kou
Gregorio – Emao Yuu
Hell’s Angel – Ayaki Nao/ Otowa Ryo

The Age of Men Scenes 5-7)
A country bumpkin (Joe Russell) sings a song expressing his expectations. He comes to a neighborhood crawling with hookers. The hookers make a fool of him. Meanwhile the bumpkin trasnforms himself into a cadet.

Joe Russell – Minoru Kou
Beauty Boy – Natsumi You
Hookers - Ema Naoki
Chiaki Shin
Nishiki Ai
Kujou Akira
Suzuno Katsuki
Hoshikaze Erena

Italy The First World War (Scene 8-9)
The Deaths (in Nazi uniform) and Hemingway dances to sensual music. Hemingway is wounded, meets his first love Agnes, and falls in love with her. Replacing the Death, Agnes torments Hemingway.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Agnes – Hoshina Yuri
Joe Russell – Minoru Kou
Soldier 1 – Emao Yuu
Hell’s Angel – Ayaki Nao / Otowa Ryo

Holidays in one of African Countries (Scenes 10-15)
Africa. Africa represents the earth of life. Men and women sings and dances with passionate mysterious African rhythm. Women are dressed in brilliant colors, while men are wearing white suits. A scene changes. With the setting of the sun, in the back, Hemingway dances alone. Changed clothes to typical African dresses, everybody dances passionately. After making a promise to meet again next year, they leave in the snow.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Agnes – Hoshina Yuri
Joe Russell/male from Africa 1 – Minoru Kou
Gregorio/male from Africa 2 – Emao Yuu
Black Cat – Ayaki Nao / Otowa Ryo

The Caribbean (Scene 16)
Hemingway dances with six women he loved. The women leave one by one. Hemingway is left alone with the Caribbean Sea in the back. A cat (the Death) appears.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Agnes – Hoshina Yuri
Joe Russell – Minoru Kou
Cat (Hell’s Angel) – Ayaki Nao

War-Hemingway Cocktail (Scene 17 - 19)
On the eve of the war. Men are hanging around in a bar. Hemingway follows men in sensual manner. His beautiful figure represents decadence. Amid the men, we can see the Death. Finally Hemingway yields himself to the Death. We hear the gunfire and the trotting of fighting bulls. "July 2nd, 196,1 Ernest Hemingway committed suicide. He was 61 years old."

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Joe Russell – Minoru Kou
Gregorio – Emao Yuu
Gernician (Hell’s Angel) – Ayaki Nao/ Otawa Ryo
Singer – Hazumi Rui / Akisono Mio

The Gate of Heaven (Scenes 20, 21)
Impressive group-dancing with Hemingway in the center. Against the backdrop of the sea Hemingway loved, he dances barefoot with fairies of the wave.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
La Mal female 1 – Hoshina Yuri
La Mal male 1 – Minoru Kou

Finale (Scenes 22-24)
The gate of Heaven is painted on the grand stairs. Men and women in white come down the stairs of Heaven. Brilliant parade follows.

Hemingway – Asaji Saki
Agnes – Hoshina Yuri
Joe Russell – Minoru Kou

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