Growing Up / The Love Robbers
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English Title: Growing Up / The Love Robbers -Cheerio to Venice of Love-
Japanese Title: たけくらべ / ラブ・ラバー -さよなら恋のベニス-
Romanized Title: Takekurabe / Rabu Rabaa -Sayonara Koi no Benisu-
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/01 - 12/02
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 11/17
Based On: Higuchi Ichiyo's novella "Growing Up" (たけくらべ - Takekurabe)
Author/Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Composer: Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Totoki Kazuo
Choreographer: Nishikawa Richou
Conductor (Takarazuka): Totoki Kazuo
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Shinjin Kouen Director:
The Love Robbers:
Author/Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Terada Takio, Nakai Mitsuharu, Yoshizaki Kenji, Hashimoto Kazuaki
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Tsukasa Konomi, Shuri Misao
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Fujimoto Nobuyuki, eldest son of Ryugeji temple||Migiwa Natsuko||Asami Rei|
|Midori, younger sister of Yoshiwara's Oiran Omaki||Maya Akemi||Mizuho Mari|
|Shoutarou, street gang leader. grandson of Tanakaya||Jun Mitsuki||Shou Sumire|
|Choukichi, street gang leader||Asami Rei||Kamijou Akira (?)|
|Nakazou, master of the house next to the stationary shop / Onui, Shoutarou's grandmother. Tanakaya pawn shop|
|Oshou, Nobuyuki's father. chief priest of Ryugeji Temple||Ooji Michio|
|Omaki, Nobuyuki's mother|
|Oomaki, Oryou. Midori's sister||Takamiya Sachi||Tamazusa Maki (?)|
|Okuni, Midori and Oryou's mother|
|Natsu, mistress of the stationary shop / Narrator|
|Genshichi, temple man at Ryugeji. former young master of a futon store||Kamijou Akira|
|Tetsugorou, rickshaw man|
|Ohana, Nobuyuki's sister|
|Otsuma, new prostitute of the red-light district|
The Love Robbers
|Contessa Cashima||Mizushiro Tamamo|
|Street Cameraman||Ooji Michio|
|Pigeon Seed Seller||Kishi Kaori|
|Sister Sies||Shizu Misaki|
|Parisian Detective||Asami Rei|
Other Cast: Konohana Sakuya, Soga Keiko, Matsumoto Yuri, Hayama Michiko, Oka Chiaki, Jou Hiroe, Mitaka Yuuko, Mai Chizuru, Seto Chihiro, Aoba Mitsuru, Hitomoto Miki, Momo Chikage, Sakura Keiko, Asaki Kozue, Chibana Sachiyo, Kou Hizuru, Katase Chiho, Natsu Teruko, Shouji Michiru, Tama Kazumi, Yashiro Kou, Asaji Mariko, Watari Chihiro, Masaki Keiko, Ban Akira, Juri Misa, Kunizuki Miki, Katsu Sachiyo, Sei Renka, Asami Rei, Waka Chitose, Mario Sachi, Hide Natsuki, Emi Hiroki, Matsukata Rika, Shimizu Akira, Mizuki Ai, Katori Aki, Kana Kasumi, Akira Miyabi, Ako Chinami, Sara Kei, Houjou Hiroki, Kinugasa Akira, Aizono Yuka, Mon Ami, Akane Mayumi, Hanami Kaori, Chibune Yuka, Yuuzuru Mai, Chishiro Kei, Nagiri You, Gojou Aisen, Makina Erika, Fujinami Yuu, Hikari Kaoko, Kumi Mari, Aran Mika, Yutaka Ayumu, Umi Shiraho
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Summary of the novella:
The main characters are children living on the edge of Yoshiwara, the only district of Edo (later Tokyo) that was licensed for prostitution. As they grow up, they find themselves assuming their family professions and losing the freedom they enjoyed as children.
The Love Robber
A very hot love story unfurled at Venice, the world-famous sea resort in Italy.
Sutania and Junciano, both gondolers, were childhood pals. They lived in the same room and everything went all right between them as they agreed on almost everything. Except Sutania was liked by womenfolk, perhaps too much, and this caused quarrels which occurred between them almost incessantly.
Junciano had a fiancee, named Yaccina, who was a telephone operator at a hotel. This Yaccina was curt to Junciano ans did not cast him looks of love. Instead she was mad about Sutania, and always chasing after him.
Sutania, for his part, had a girl he had met in Venice some years ago. She then married a baron, but he had died and she was now a widow. She, Piccolia by name, was now back in Venice, where she happened to board Sutania's gondola. Thus the fire of love began to be re-kindled.
On the other hand, Yaccina's aunt, a peddler of peas for cloves, and Junciano's father, a street cameraman, were lovers of oldstanding. Both of them, however, missed an opportunity of making a proposal for wedding. Even so, the old man and woman were still in love with each other, a love in old age.
Sumileila, a student of a school of theology in Venice, happened to come across Sister Sies on the street. A fire of love flared up between them at the moment their eyes met together.
Still on another occasion, Contessa Cashima, a countess from Paris, was attracted by Cunicore, a hotel boy, and the lady began chasing after him day and night.
Mickino and Yumiko, street musicians, were also on good terms with each other, they always had something to quarrel about.
Thus these various couples would vie with each other in love adventures, giving a rise to one trouble after another.
All, however, end up in a happy ending.
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