For as Long as I Live / Nova Bossa Nova
Picture Credit: Zephy, original program
English Title: For as Long as I Live / Nova Bossa Nova
Japanese Title: いのちある限り / ノバ・ボサ・ノバ
Romanized Title: Inochi aru Kagiri / Noba Bosa Noba
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 5/29 - 6/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater , 6/12
For as Long as I Live
Based on: Yamamoto Shuugorou's short stories: Nowaki and Tsurishinobu
Author / Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Composer: Terada Takio
Choreographer: Nishikawa Richou
Conductor: Nomura Youji
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Nova Bossa Nova
Author/ Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao, Tsukasa Konomi
Conductor: Hashimoto Kazuaki
Available on DVD: Yes / No
For as Long as I Live
|Role||Cast||Shinjin Kouen Cast|
|Matsushima Shinjirou||Ootori Ran||Matsu Akira|
|Omon||Oohara Masumi||Sawa Kaori|
|Matsushima Ryuunosuke (Shinjirou's younger brother)||Anna Jun|
|Matsushima Taitou (Shinjirou's father)||Mizushiro Tamamo|
|Matsushima Michi (Shinjirou's mother)||Ruri Toyomi|
|Takeno Yae (Ryuunosuke's lover)||Sotoori Tsukiko|
|Toushichi (Omon's grandfather)||Miyoshi Sakuko|
|House Servant||Anri Kozue|
|Young Monji||Wakayama Kazumi|
|Wife Oshin||Kisaragi Miwako|
|Wife Oyoshi||Oozora Midori|
|Wife Osei||Ashita Michiko|
|Wife 1||Rijou Mariko|
|Wife 2||Nazuki Hitomi|
|Wife 3||Hayama Kiyomi|
Shinjin Kouen Cast:
Tsubaki Yuri, Matsu Akira, Miyabi Sachi, Sawa Kaori, Nao Hiroki, Kouyama Miki
Nova Bossa Nova
|Sol (a chivalrous thief)||Maho Shibuki|
|Ouro (a thief)||Ootori Ran|
|Estrella (a young woman sightseeing)||Oohara Masumi|
|Mar (a peddlar)||Maki Misao|
|Brisa (a peddlar girl. Mar's fiance)||Oozora Midori|
|Father Lua (a naive priest)||Anna Jun|
|Sister Mama (a nun wooing Father Lua)||Mizushiro Tamamo|
|Mrs. Mel (Estrela's mother)||Miyoshi Sakuko|
|Labios (a peddlar girl in love with Ouro)||Sayo Natsumi|
|Bolso (Ouro's follower)||Matsu Akira|
|Bolo (a boy who adores Sol)||Sotoori Tsukiko|
|Madam Gado||Kisaragi Miwako|
|Door Boy||Asami Rei|
Others: Miyo Masaru, Kamiji Chizuru, Matsukage Yurika, Mokari Otoe, Tamashiro Akemi, Chiga Teruko, Asa Kaori, Itsuki Mio, Miyabi Sachi, Mihara Jun, Tsuburagi Makoto, Wakatake Naomi, Kouyama Miki, Koumi Itsuki, Uzu Sakura, Bijou Rumi, Namiji Chihiro, Noji Kikumi, Nagi Miharu, Ai Michiru, Kazu Michiru, Nami Watari, Hiro Yutaka, Tsukishiro Chiharu, Mafune Yutaka, Hoshina Sawako, Nagazuki Michiru, Mihara Machiko, Nao Honoka, Mio Marina, Kaori Mayu, Shige Takumi, Wakazuki Kaoru, Fuji Kyouko, Yamana Yuka, Nanjou Miki, Mizusato Yutaka, Akashi Jun, Sumi Natsuko, Sen Kaoru
Ken-1: Tomo Chiharu, Honami Makoto, Kitahara Chikoto, Mishi Eru, Asa Mitsuru, Takaoka Keiko, Hani Rio, Kurenai Hitomi, Mana Hiroka, Kouchi Hiroki, Kohayakawa Yuki, Mon Ami
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
For as Long as I Live
The end of the Edo Period. Matsushima Shinjirou is the second son of a high-ranking samurai who directly serves the shogun, a carefree young man who has not yet taken up his inheritance, he parts from his family and goes to live freely in a villa on Mukaishima Island.
There Shinjirou meets Omon working in a flower garden near his house, and falls in love. Through Omon and Omon's grandfather Toushichi, Shinjirou experiences a fulfilling life and comes to dislike the samurai lifestyle which holds social standing above all else. So he decides to throw aside the samurai and work and live with Omon and Toushichi.
At that very moment, the heir's illness becomes worse and expecting that Shinjirou will inherit it is decided that he will marry Yae. But Shinjirou makes his half-brother Ryuunosuke the heir because Ryuunosuke wants to marry Yae, not to mention that Shinjirou can't leave Omon.
Shinjirou and Omon open a riceball restaurant which does very well, and a year passes. Then Shinjirou's father Taitou comes to visit, and he entreats his son to return to the estate and become the Matsushima heir.
Then, at the banquet to announce the successor, Shinjirou feels once more that a samurai life is not for him and makes a reckless remark. Because of what he said, Taitou disinherits Shinjirou and declares his half-brother Ryuunosuke the heir.
Shinjirou leaves the Matsushima estate and finds Omon waiting for him outside the gate. The two nestle close in a warm embrace as night falls.
Nova Bossa Nova
This is a famous revue which has been performed eight times by Takarazuka Revue, beginning in 1971. It incorporates well-known Spanish songs with new Japanese ones to tell the story of Sol, Estrela, Ouro, and Brisa. The only spoken dialogue in the revue is the priest and the nun, plus one line each by Sol and Estrella. The rest is told through song, or acted out.
Rio de Janeiro in South America. Once every year a carnival takes place for three days and three nights. Everyone is excitedly preparing for the big event.
The revue opens with a scene introducing the main characters. They sing happily about the sea and the sky. Later, Sol and Ouro each rob a bank with their young helpers. They meet and Ouro is instantly jealous of Sol. He tries to best him in coolness, but Sol throws money to the crowd and departs with their shrieking loyalty. Later, Sol dons a ragged disguise to hide from the police. He manages to misdirect them and disappears.
That night, everyone goes to the tango club. Ouro is sleezing up to Estrella, desperate to get his paws on her diamond necklace. He steals it without her noticing, then Sol tricks him into giving it up, and then Ouro's follower pulls a gun and takes it back. Sol takes a nasty knock over the head.
Mar and Brisa are happily walking along in the night singing of their love. Bolo, Sol's helper, comes to beg Mar's help to get the dizzy thief home. While she's waiting for Mar to return, Brisa hears sirens. Ouro comes running by, the police in pursuit. He sees an opportunity and grabs her, kissing her passionately to throw the police off. Dazed, Brisa lets Ouro lead her away.
The next day Brisa and Ouro, and Sol and Estrela and dancing on the beach. Everyone is happy and celebrating carnival. Suddenly, Mar appears. He is looking frantically through the crowds for Brisa. He finds her dancing passionately with Ouro and is enraged. The two men fight, trying to posses Brisa. Ouro thinks he has won, and then Mar pulls his knife and lunges. Brisa is caught between them.
Mar is devastated, as is Ouro. Both men sing in sorrow and distress. Eventually, Ouro is comforted by Labios. Mar is arrested, but Sol sends Bolo to bribe the guards and free him. Mar is happy to have a new chance at life. Everyone dances for the joy of life.
Later that night, while Bolso, Ouro's follower, is getting ready for carnival, the diamond necklace is stolen. It eventually ends up in the hands of Madam X, a woman in a female-only nightclub. Both Sol and Ouro don female disguises to go in in pursuit of the necklace. Eventually it is Sol who emerges triumphantly, and he returns the necklace to Estrela.
The next morning Estrela must leave Rio de Janiero. She and Sol say their goodbyes, and Sol is sad to watch her go. As she leaves, she drops her necklace. After an internal battle, the thief returns it to her mother. Not seconds after she goes off stage, however, we hear a cry and Bolso runs past with the necklace once more. Sol trips him, and the necklace flies through the air to land at the feet of Lua and Mama. Mama adds it to her collection box. Sol laughs and goes to join the last of the carnival.
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