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Hokashu / C'est Charmant




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English Title: Hokashu ~Celebration of 60 Years of Amatsu Otome~ / C'est Charmant!
Japanese Title: 宝花集 ~天津乙女舞台60年~ / セ・シャルマン!
Romanized Title: Hokashu ~Amatsu Otome Butai 60 Nen~ / Se Sharuman!

Troupe: Star
Year: 1978-79
Performances: Takarazuka, 11/10 - 12/25; Tokyo, 3/2 - 3/28
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka, 11/28; Tokyo, 3/2 - 3/18

Hokashu:

Composer / Director: Utsumi Shigenori
Choreographer / Director: Nishikawa Koisaburo
Music: Takahashi Ren, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Terada Takio
Choreography: Nishikawa Ukon, Nishikawa Sakon

C'est Charmant:

Author / Director: Sakai Sumio
Music: Terada Takio, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Nokagawa Akira, Tsutsui Hiroshi
Choreography: Shuri Misao, Agata Yoji, Yamada Taku, Koido Hideya

Cast

Hokashu
RoleCast
Princess Kiyohime
Saizo
Amatsu Otome
Tayu Miyoshi Sakuko
Seisuke Ootori Ran
Kotake Haruka Kurara
Anchin Tajima Kumi


Other Cast: Rijou Mariko (Senka), Jou Hiroe (Senka), Takamiya Sachi (Senka), Awaji Michiko, Konohana Sakuya, Tajima Kumi, Ashita Michiko, Ritsu Tomomi, Tamazusa Maki, Kamijou Akira, Hiro Yuri, Daigo Katsura, Tsukishiro Chiharu, Hoshina Sawako, Wakazuki Kaoru, Fuji Kyouko, Yamana Yuka, Sumi Natsuko, Katsumi Hiroshi, Hazuki Shigeru, Mine Saori, Hanazono Mari, Byakudou Reina, Itsuki Chihiro, Shiki Izumi, Aya Komaki, Shin Moeru, Taki Azusa, Moegi Natsu, Sawana Moe, Haruka Kurara, Koujou Hiromi, Mio Hajime, Wakamiya Aino, Mika Chieri, Kiku Kaoru, Tachibana Mariko, Koshi Fujiko, Hodaka Mari, Toki Noboru, Tamaki Jun, Kojou Reika, Asaka Jun, Hoshizuki Misa, Rika Manami, Aida Machi, Houjou Sayuri, Takase Mia, Fubuki Hitomi, Ayaha Romi, Akeho Memi, Kou Naomi, Shio Mitsuru, Haruno Mirika, Tomo Chifuyu, Natsumi You, Mizushima Sonoo, Wakana Kumi, Ebara Mikoto, Hanasaki Kaori, Saya Hatsuka, Fujihana Yukie, Izuki Yuka, Azumi Reika, Arisu Miki, Hayabusa Ren, Misawa Yuri, Naoki Rie, Hatsushiro Izuru, Yuuzuki Maho, Saegusa Miki

Grand Theater only: Uzuki Chika, Akechi Kiho, Makoto Ai

Tokyo only (due to Central American Tour): Chiga Teruko, Kazami Kei, Yume Madoka, Kiryuu Noboru, Taka Mario, Kiku Kaoru, Mika Chieri

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Hokashu


Scene 1. Snow and Flowers

Snow spirits dance and twirl themselves into a winter storm. Young flowers brave the snowstorm by dancing. Spring comes.

Singer ~ Ootori Ran


Scene 2. "Comic Dialogue" on a Mountain Pass

Tayu and Saizo's Play.

Saizo ~ Amatsu Otome
Tayu ~ Miyoshi Sakuko


Scene 3. Plums and Nightingales

Plums and nightingales dance to bid spring a gay welcome.

Singer ~ Tamazusa Maki
Nightingale ~ Mine Saori


Scene 4. Love Tactics

The Tatsumi Geisha Kotake falls in love with the foreman of a gang of roof workers.

Seisuke ~ Ootori Ran
Kotake ~ Haruka Kurara


Scene 5. Felicitous Greetings to the Greatest Actress in Takarazuka

Otome Amatsu is taking an active part in Takarazuka over 60 years.

Dandy men and women request a Takarazuka star, Otome Amatsu, to recreate her famous role as Princess Kiyohime. Billboards from the old hit make up the background.

Announcers ~ Miyoshi Sakuko, Awaji Michiko


Scene 6. Princess Kiyohime

Otome Amatsu, as Princess Kiyohime of Dojo Shrine, performs a farewell dance for her friend Anchin.

Princess Kiyohime ~ Amatsu Otome
Anchin ~ Tajima Kumi


Scene 7. A Flower Bolero

Otome Amatsu and the stars dance in the bolero.

Singers ~ Ootori Ran, Tamazusa Maki
Dancer ~ Amatsu Otome



C'est Charmant!


Scenes 1~5. Prologue-Charming Etoile

Etoile stands on a golden stairway which reaches up towards the heavens. She sings the theme song "C'est charmant" and dances with beautiful young gentlemen.

The stage suddenly changes and the scene becomes funky.

Etoile ~ Ootori Ran
Funky boy ~ Tajima Kumi
Singers ~ Takamiya Sachi, Tamazusa Maki
Gentleman in White ~ Ootori Ran


Scene 6. What is the Charm?

The charm that men and women have for each other is merrily described in song by a gentleman.

Singer ~ Ootori Ran


Scene 7. Charm in Disco Town

In a disco, young boys and girls dance crazy.

Young man ~ Tajima Kumi
Boy ~ Mine Saori
Girl ~ Tamazusa Maki


Scene 8. The Charm of Hollywood

A Parade of Hollywood stars from the big screen's early era.

Singer ~ Takamiya Sachi


Scenes 9~14. A Charming Star

Three women who are all involved with the superstar Valentino talk about their love for him to each other. One of them concludes, "He loved only himself. We alone knew it."

Valentino ~ Ootori Ran
The first woman ~ Hiro Yuri
The second woman ~ Takamiya Sachi
The third woman ~ Daigo Katsura


Scenes 15~18. A Charming Latin Fantasy

Southern-Countries' Night. Men and women dance to a medley of Latin songs.

Luminous flower ~ Yume Madoka
Singers ~ Haruka Kurara, Noboru Kiryuu, Taka Mario, Kazami Kei, Shiki Izumi, Tamazusa Maki, Mine Saori, Takamiya Sachi
Dancers ~ Chiga Teruko, Tajima Kumi, Wakazuki Kaori
Black Orchid ~ Ootori Ran


Scene 19. A Charming Girl Friend

The boys and girls are classmates at a drama school.

A boy dreams about a charming little girl. He imagines he is about to achieve his heart's desire and kiss his love. Reality intrudes.

He dreams he is a feared gangster and helps his darling. In his mind he becomes a cowboy hero, "Billy the Kid", and shows his loyalty to his sweetheart by fighting with a boss.

But the little boy is not a gifted thespian and he is pulled back into the real world of school work. The girl doesn't notice him at all.

Years later the boy becomes a salaried office worker in a nearby city. The girl of his dreams marries another and becomes the mother of seven chidren.

The story is told through dance.

Tom ~ Ootori Ran
Kurara ~ Haruka Kurara
Jim ~ Mine Saori


Scenes 20~24. The Rhythm of Charm

The grand finale includes a parade and a chorus line.

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