In the Amber-Hued Rain / 'D'ramatic S! (Snow 2017)
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English Title: In the Amber-Hued Rain / "D"ramatic S!
Japanese Title: 琥珀色の雨にぬれて / "D"ramatic S!
Romanized Title: Kohakuiro no Ame ni Nurete / "D"ramatic S!
Performances: National Tour, 08/25 - 09/18
In the Amber-Hued Rain:
Author: Shibata Yukihiro
Director: Masatsuka Haruhiko
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Yoshida Yuuko, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Tsukasa Konomi, Nazuki Kanade
Director: Nakamura Kazunori
Composer: Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato, Kuratomi Shinichi, Nakagawa Akira, Aoki Tomoko
Choreographer: Miori Yumino, Hirasawa Satoshi, KAZUMI-BOY, Satou Chikanori
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 12/05/17)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 07/17/20)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Duc Claude de Bernard (a duke)||Nozomi Fuuto|
|Sharon Kazatti (a model)||Maaya Kiho|
|Louis Valentin (a gigolo)||Ayanagi Shou|
|Francoise de Plaire (Claude's fiancee)||Seina Nozomi|
|Sophie (Claude's sister)||Sahana Mako|
|Simone (Geneviève's mother)||Rika Masumi|
|Eva (mistress of Club Fleur)||Satsuki Aina|
|Count Michel de Plaire (Francoise's brother, Claude's friend)||Mana Haruto|
|Viscount Charles de Noailles (manager of the gigolos)||Ouji Kaoru|
|Albert (a gigolo)||Tachibana Kou|
|Armand (a painter)||Amatsuki Tsubasa|
|Poiret (a fashion designer)||Touma Kazuki|
|Catherine (Geneviève's sister)||Anno Konomi|
|Count Georges de Beaumont (a banker)||Souno Haruto|
|Pierre (a gigolo)||Hinata Haruki|
|Frederick (Sharon's manager)||Kiraha Reo|
|Roland (a gigolo)||Seika Rian|
|Mao (Club Fleur cloak girl)||Haori Yuuka|
|Paul (Geneviève's fiance)||Hiyori Haruma|
|Henri (a gigolo)||Shiose Kazami|
|Geneviève (Pierre's lover)||Himehana Yukino|
|Guy (a gigolo)||Ichika Ao|
Other Cast: Sakurara Karan, Asazumi Mare, Mayuzuki Rea, and Kohaku Reira.
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
In the Amber-Hued Rain
Set in 1920s Paris, this psychological romance follows the intersecting lives of four people: Claude, a young nobleman who does not lose his sense of self despite having experienced the horrors of war; Sharon, an otherworldly woman whom Claude begins to fall for; Francoise, a girl yearning for Claude herself; and Louis, a gigolo who is also enamored with Sharon. The drama's undulations are expressed early on in the prologue to tango music which was en vogue at the time.
After its debut in 1984 with Takashio Tomoe and Wakaba Hiromi, this exquisite drama was repeatedly restaged. This time, it will be revived as the debut performance for the new Top Combi of Snow Troupe, Nozomi Fuuto and Maaya Kiho.
Duke Claude de Bernard returns home exhausted from World War I. In the autumn of 1922, while walking in the Forest of Fontainebleau, he comes across an incredibly beautiful woman named Sharon Kazatti. Soon joined by ladies and gentlemen coming out of a soiree, she slips away out of his sight. Claude utters in spite of himself that she is a woman of sublime beauty. Hearing Claude's exclamation, a young man tells Claude that she is only a mannequin, not worthy of his praise and belonging to a world other than his. The young man's name is Louis Valentin and he is a gigolo. It seems that Louis cares for Sharon as well. Claude denies Louis's assertion, saying that she also has a soul just like him. A strange kinship grows between the two as they find that they both are attracted to the same woman. They decide to fairly compete to win Sharon's heart.
At Barbizon on the outskirts of Paris, Michel de Plaire waits for his best friend Claude to arrive at his mansion. Michel and Claude are planning to start a civil air services business together in the near future. They have been close friends since they served in the air force, and Francoise, Michel's younger sister, is engaged to Claude. When Sophie, Claude's elder sister, urges Claude to marry Francoise, he replies he will after he has set the business on the right track. Francoise notices subtle changes in Claude, which have appeared since he walked in the Forest of Fontainebleau.
At the exclusive Parisian Club Fleur, a singer emotionally sings on stage while gigolos including Louis entertain noblewomen, wealthy gentlemen and fine ladies. As they are talking about trips to Nice by the Train Bleu, Sharon comes in to the club accompanied by a banker named Charles de Beaumont. A drunkard starts harassing her. Claude, from the corner of the bar, has no sooner noticed her difficulty than he rushes to her rescue and gets into a fight with the drunkard. Louis joins Claude, and together they succeed in kicking the drunkard out of the club. Sharon kisses Claude as a token of her gratitude. Louis perceives from her expression that she has fallen in love with Claude. At a short distance away, Francoise observes Claude, Sharon, and Louis.
A few days later, Claude meets with Francoise at her request. She tells him that on the Avenue of Champs-Elysees she encountered Eva, proprietress of the club, who was looking for Claude and left a message for him. According to the message, Georges will shortly take Sharon to Nice by the Train Bleu so Claude must do something before it is too late. Claude feels embarrassed upon learning of Sharon's news out of Francoise's mouth. Nevertheless, he decides to go to Nice by the same train as Sharon and invites Louis to go with him.
On board the night Train Bleu, Claude is unable to fall asleep and goes to an observation car, where he meets Sharon. She asks him if he knows about the amber-hued rain that falls on Lake Maggiore in North Italy, and says that the rain can wash away the dirt of the world. Claude promises that he will one day go to the lake with her.
In Nice, South France, a person of strange appearance enters Hotel Cote d'Or defying a doorman. The person drops down on a sofa in the lobby, and gets into a quarrel with a hotel clerk. It turns out that the person is Francoise. Sharon happens to pass by and feels pity for her, proposing to be of help to her. Francoise is very grateful for Sharon's kindness. However, the moment Francoise learns that the kind woman is Sharon, she reveals herself as Claude's fiancee. Drawing closer to Sharon, Francoise shouts that Sharon should not contaminate him any longer. Vexed, Sharon lies that she has just accepted Claude's proposal. Francoise is too humiliated to stay. Just when Francoise leaves, Michel comes into the hotel looking for his younger sister. Claude joins him, and the two run out of the hotel in pursuit of Francoise. Sharon is left alone, and Louis tells her that she has lost to Francoise. Louis confesses his love for Sharon, saying that he is the most suitable man for her as they both belong to the same world. That night, Sharon and Louis check out of the hotel together. Some time later, Claude marries Francoise and starts his air service company with Michel.
Years later, one spring, Claude recognizes Sharon in Club Fleur as he is enjoying an evening with Francoise. Sharon's eyes meet Claude's and their feelings intertwine. They meet again in a small room of the club.
At Lyon Station in Paris, Sharon and Claude enter a waiting room carrying suitcases. They are about to board the Orient Express to go to Lake Maggiore. Just as the call for boarding is announced, Francoise stands in their way...
This performance delivers a number of “show scenes” depicting the charm of the Snow Troupe.
As a National Tour version to which "D" is the newly added keyword, please look forward to a "Dynamic" and "Dramatic" show centering on Nozomi Fuuto, who will lead a reborn Snow Troupe.
- Debut performance for new Top Combi, Nozomi Fuuto and Maaya Kiho.
- "In the Amber-Hued Rain" was originally performed by Flower Troupe in 1984 with top stars Takashio Tomoe and Wakaba Hiromi in the leads. In 1987, it was restaged as a National Tour by the same troupe with Takashio Tomoe reprising Claude and Akishino Miho starring as Sharon. The show was revived by Flower Troupe in 2002, again as a national tour in 2003, and later in 2012 by Star Troupe.
|08/25 - 08/27||Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall (Osaka)|
|08/30||Utsunomiya City Cultural Center (Tochigi)|
|08/31||Koriyama Citizen's Cultural Center (Fukushima)|
|09/02 - 09/03||IZUMITY 21 (Miyagi)|
|09/05||Kanazawa Theater (Ishikawa)|
|09/06||Aubade Hall (Toyama)|
|09/08||Fuchu Forest Arts Theater (Tokyo)|
|09/09 - 09/10||Sagami Women's University Green Hall (Kanagawa)|
|09/12||Matsudo City Cultural Center Mori Hall 21 (Chiba)|
|09/13||Wako Citizens' Cultural Center (Saitama)|
|09/14||Isezaki City Cultural Center (Gunma)|
|09/16||Tokai City Arts Theater (Aichi)|
|09/17 - 09/18||Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Great Hall (Aichi)|
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