In the Amber-Hued Rain / Je t'aime (Flower 1984)
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English Title: In the Amber-Hued Rain / Je t’aime
Japanese Title: 琥珀色の雨にぬれて / ジュテーム
Romanized Title: Kohakuiro no Ame ni Nurete / Ju Teemu
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 2/10 - 3/21; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 6/3 - 6/27
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 3/9; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 6/13
In the Amber-Hued Rain:
Author/Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Composer: Terada Takio, Takahashi Kuni
Choreographer: Tsukasa Konomi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): Izawa Ichirou
Author/Director: Okada Keiji
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni, Hashimoto Kazuaki
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Oka Masami, Tsukasa Konomi, Ieki Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Okada Yoshiki
Conductor (Tokyo): Kitazawa Tatsuo
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
† Hibiki Mito played Sharon while Wakaba Hiromi was absent.
Other Cast: Yoshino Mana, Suzu Mine, Arisa Yuri, Nashiro Erika, Mikage Shiori, Yukikaze Rei, Hoshino Mutsumi, Kurokawa Miyuki, Akebono Maya, Kitami Mari, Hijiri Masumi, Mayumi Shizuka, Takatsuki Shou, Aikaze Hikaru, Midori Akie, Shihou Sagiri, Aomi Ren, Takaragi Meri, Asou Yumi, Yuuma Natsuki, Aoyagi Yuki, Ayakage Jun, Wakafuji Rira, Fuyuzuki Shioka
Grand Theater only: Yuuki Kyou, Saho Masayo, Kiyo Masami, Towada Masumi
Other Cast (Tokyo only): Shino Yuka, Kusanome Moyu, Natsume Kana, Wakakusa Youko, Shione Makoto, Kyou Maiko, Yuu Misao, Akizuki Shiho
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
In the Amber-Hued Rain
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...
Scene 1 - Opening
The etoile sings the theme song, then the others join in and cross the Silver Bridge.
Trio Etoile: Yoshino Mana, Mari Hikaru, Ushio Akari
Petit Etoile: Aoyagi Yuki, Akishino Miho
Je t'aime Men: Takashio Tomoe, Ooura Mizuki
Je t'aime Woman: Wakaba Hiromi
Dancing Men S: Tajima Kumi, Takara Junko
Scene 2 - Don't Blame the Women
Two stars talk about women,
Singing Young Men: Takashio Tomoe, Ooura Mizuki
Scene 3 - Flower Divination
A girl use a marguerite flower to tell her fortune.
Flower Divination Girl: Wakaba Hiromi
Daisies: Segawa Kae, Azusa Noboru, Tsubasa Yuuki, Hibiki Mito, Kou Kazuki, Miori Yumino, Akishino Miho, Anju Mira, Mitsuya Nao, Yuuma Natsuki, etc.
Scene 4 - Men in Love
Men in romantic costumes and women in gorgeous costumes sing.
Jezebel Singer S: Takashio Tomoe
Jezebel Singers: Ooura Mizuki, Tajima Kumi, Takara Junko, Naka Iori, Asaka Jun, Segawa KAe, Tsubasa Yuuki
Dancing GiGi: Ooura Mizuki
Singing GiGi: Yoshino Mana
GiGi Gorgeous: Wakaba Hiromi, Magiri Aya, Shiki Nanaho, Hibiki Mito
ParaDisco Man S: Ooura Mizuki
ParaDisco Singers: Anju Mira, Iori Natsuya, Mitsuya Nao, Maya Miki
Vivre: Takashio Tomoe
Scene 5 - First Love
Russian aristocrats are mingling in a salon while Rachmaninov's concerto plays. The girl Zinaida stands beside the piano, and the boy Mikhail cannot take his eyes off her. But Zinaida is in love with Mikhail's father Rudolf. The boy's first love is ruthlessly crushed.
Mikhail: Ooura Mizuki
Zinaida: Wakaba Hiromi
Rudolf: Tajima Kumi
Scene 6 - Girl Hunting
The city is like a jungle. The men prowl about trying to successfully pick up different women.
Girl Hunter: Takashio Tomoe
Bird of Paradise S: Mari Hikaru
Dancing Jaguar S: Magiri Aya
Singing Leopard (Man): Asaka Jun
Dancing Leopard (Man): Takara Junko
Singing Parrot: Yoshino Mana, Ushio Akari
Snake (Singer): Ooura Mizuki
Snake: Tajima Kumi
Fire-bird: Mashio Chinami
Singing Dandy: Takashio Tomoe
Scene 7 - Finale
Three couples dance to singing men and women. Then the finale parade.
Singing Duet Man: Takara Junko
Singing Duet Woman: Mari Hikaru
Dancing Duet Men: Naka Iori, Mashio Chinami, Isono Chihiro
Dancing Duet Women: Magiri Aya, Shiki Nanaho, Miori Yumino
Je t'aime Man S / Finale Singer: Takashio Tomoe
Finale Man S: Ooura Mizuki
Finale Woman S: Wakaba Hiromi
- "In the Amber-Hued Rain" has been revived several times since.
- Final performance for (Grand Theater) Yuuki Kyou, Saho Masayo, Kiyo Masami, (Tokyo) Ushio Akari, Madoka Teru
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