Genroku Baroque Rock / The Fascination!
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English Title: Genroku Baroque Rock / The Fascination!
Japanese Title: 元禄バロックロック / The Fascination（ザ ファシネイション）!
Romanized Title: Genroku Barokku Rokku / Za Fashineishon!
Year: 2021 - 2022
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/06 - 12/13; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 01/02 - 01/07 & 01/25 - 02/06 (Performance suspended mid-run due to COVID-19)
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/30; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 01/20 (CANCELLED)
Genroku Baroque Rock:
Author/Director: Tani Takaya
Composer: Oota Takeshi, Tada Risa
Choreographer: Wakao Risa, KAORIalive
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Author/Director: Nakamura Kazunori
Composer: Takeuchi Kazuhiro, Kai Masato, Aoki Tomoko, Takeuchi Satoru
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Hirasawa Satoshi, AYAKO, KAZUMI-BOY, Nishikawa Suguru
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Available on DVD: Yes (Release date: February 2022)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (Release date: February 2022)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: TBA
Other Cast: Miharu Ayu, Nanairo Hazuki, Shizuno Megumi, Sakura Saki & Tokiwa Kureha
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
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Chuushingura Fantasy: Genroku Baroque Rock
Written and Directed by TANI Takaya
Edo, that cosmopolitan city of riotous flowers. There, the finest scientific minds from all over the world gathered, creating a brilliant flowering of baroque culture.
Kuronosuke, a kind and serious clock-maker and former retainer of the Ako Domain, enjoyed a peaceful life in Edo despite his poverty, until the day he accidentally invented a clock that could turn back time... and his life changed completely. He used the clock to win handily at games of chance, but that wealth changed him. Kuronosuke thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of his success, but the one thing the watch wouldn’t work on was women, where he could never seem to succeed. However, a woman with a mysterious smile was watching all of it. She called herself Kira, and she ran a gambling house. Kuronosuke became gradually infatuated by her beauty, which turned to an unhealthy love.
One day, Kuranosuke, a former chief retainer of the Ako Domain, paid Kuronosuke a visit. He had come to ask for Kuronosuke’s help in taking revenge on Kozukenosuke, whose enmity with the Ako lord Takumi no Kami had resulted in his seppuku. The Kuronosuke he found there, however, was barely a shadow of his former self and integrity. Kuronosuke’s heart ached as he clutched the clock to his chest and listened to Kuranosuke wish he could turn back time. However, his expression changed entirely with Kuranosuke’s next words. Kuranosuke had learned that Kouzuke no Suke had an illegitimate daughter named Kira...
Chuushingura is based on a true story from the Genroku era, and has been retold in all kinds of fiction. In this interpretation, this tale, which has been universally loved since time immemorial, is presented by the Takarazuka Revue of the love and fantasy-filled Reiwa Era in a way that’s sure to entertain.
The times of Kuronosuke and Kira align, and love shines in the heart of Edo, in a clock romance ticking away in a world of baroque rock.
This work is director Tani Takaya’s Takarazuka Grand Theater debut.
As there are increasing performances in the Takarazuka Revue, in 1921, the Flower Troupe and the Moon Troupe were born, and the first Flower Troupe performance was held. The year 2021 celebrates the 100th anniversary for the Flower Troupe. And in this performance, it will be led by the new top combi Yuzuka Rei and Hoshikaze Madoka.
The glamourous work of "The Fascination" will celebrate the establishment and 100th anniversary of the Flower Troupe. Please look forward to the gorgeous dance settings of the "flower" theme, that connects the tradition and future "fascination" of the flower troupe in this stage.
- Grand Theater debut for Hoshikaze Madoka as top musumeyaku of Flower Troupe.
- Final performance for Marika Yume, Mahou Tsugumi, Yuunami Kei & Hina Ririka
- Genroku Baroque Rock will be the Grand Theater debut work for Tani Takaya.
- The Fascination! will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of Flower Troupe.
- It was announced on 10/31/2021 that due to poor health, Senaha Iro would be absent during the Takarazuka Grand Theater run of the show, including the shinjin kouen. Reaki Mira will play the role of Touzaemon during the shinjin kouen.
- It was announced on 11/12/2021 that due to poor health, Shizuno Megumi would be absent during the Takarazuka Grand Theater run of the show, including the shinjin kouen.
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