Napoléon, the Man Who Never Sleeps
Picture Credit: Official chirashi
English Title: Napoléon, the Man Who Never Sleeps~At the End of His Love and Glory~
Japanese Title: 眠らない男・ナポレオン ―愛と栄光の涯に―
Romanized Title: Nemuranai Otoko: Napoleon ~Ai to Eikou no Hate ni~
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/1 - 2/3; Tokyo Theater, 2/14 - 3/29
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 1/21; Tokyo Theater, 2/27
Author/Director: Koike Shuuichirou
Composer: Gérard Presgurvic
Musical Direction/Arrangements: Oota Takeshi
Musical Arrangements: Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, Sakuragi Ryousuke
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Conductor (Tokyo): Nishino Jun
Shinjin Kouen Director: Tani Takaya
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 04/04/14)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: No
|Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napoléon's wife
|Paul de Barras, Head of the French Directory
|Franz I, Emperor of Austria
|Letizia Ramolino, Napoléon's mother
|Talleyrand, Foreign Minister of the Le Directoire
|Madame de Staël, Talleyrand's lover
|Fouché, Minister of Police of France
|Klemens von Metternich, Foreign Minister of the Austrian Empire
|Joseph, Napoléon's older brother
|Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Marshal of France
|Frédéric de Marmont, Marshal of France (Napoléon's adjutant)
|Lucien Bonaparte, Napoléon's brother
|François Augereau, Marshal of France
|André Masséna, Marshal of France
|Hortense de Beauharnais, Joséphine's daughter
|Jacques-Louis David, a painter
|Joachim Murat, Admiral of France
|Robespierre, a revolutioner
|Alexandre I, Emperor of Russia
|Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Marshal of France
|Eugène de Beauharnais, Joséphine's son
† Due to ill health, Asamizu Ryou was absent for the entire Tokyo run. Her role in the shinjin kouen was performed by Yuunagi Ryou.
Other Cast: Aimi Serena, Hishiro Yua, Shizuki Otone, Wakanatsu Ayame, Mai Hinano, Ouzuki Akari, Shiratori Yuriya, Yuunagi Ryou, Mioka Anri
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Napoléon, the Man Who Never Sleeps
This is the story of a hero, a man who rescued France from the chaos of revolution. His name was Napoléon Bonaparte. Having climbed to unparalleled heights after conquering Europe and becoming the first Emperor in the history of France, what was this hero seeking? Whom did he love? The truth behind this man who led such a turbulent life is about to unfold.
Napoléon was born in the house of a poor rural aristocratic family on the island of Corsica, a French territory in the Mediterranean Sea. He went to the French mainland as a child. He skipped a grade at a military academy and after graduation enlisted in an artillery unit. Yet in the class system of the time, in which birth determined the outcome of one's life, Napoléon lacked any hope of rising up in the world, in the way a young man from a good family would. But in 1789, Napoléon's fate is awoken, on the occasion of the French Revolution. The downfall of the aristocracy that had continued for so long leads to the Revolution, which is incited by the masses under the banner of "liberty and equality." Napoléon, who had resisted the aristocracy, sees his chance for fame amid the turmoil. At long last, several years after the Revolution had erupted, he knows that his moment has arrived. He had, in the meantime, been ordered by Barras, the supreme military commander who had noticed Napoléon's military genius, to take command of forces to suppress an insurrection by the Royalists. Napoléon lives up to Barras' expectations after suppressing the insurrection in a mere day, using only his own troops.
Meanwhile, Napoléon happens to encounter a woman who will have a huge influence on his destiny: Joséphine. He is bewitched with Joséphine, who despite being a widow with two children, possesses irresistible charm as a belle of Paris' fashionable society. Napoléon pursues her relentlessly, to the point of marriage. Yet his cherished time with her together lasts but a moment, as he is forced to make a trip to the battlefields of Italy two days after the wedding ceremony. As commander, his mission there is to rein in France's old enemy Austria. While Napoléon scores one victory after another in Italy, Joséphine, who remains in Paris, neglects to answer the letters that arrive daily and convey fervent love. Instead, she continues her glamorous life while indulging in an adventure with a new lover. News of her infidelity eventually reaches the ears of Napoléon as he wages war on different battlefields. Weary of his love becoming unrequited, he starts to consider divorcing Joséphine.
Gifted not just militarily but politically as well, Napoléon dispassionately measures up the situation in France before seizing power. He receives wildly enthusiastic support from the people, who had been demanding a strong leader capable of containing the chaos triggered by the Revolution, and his quest culminates with his enthronement as France's first Emperor. Napoléon has soared through the clouds like an eagle and risen high above to the heavens. This eagle, which has seized glory never before possessed by anyone before him, will spread his wings, while indifferent to the embarrassment of those surrounding him, to new, faraway heights.
- 100th Anniversary Remarks will take place before the first Grand Theater performance on January 1st, including Todoroki Yuu (Senka), Ranju Tomu & Ranno Hana (Flower), Ryuu Masaki & Manaki Reika (Moon), Sou Kazuho & Manaka Ayu (Snow), Yuzuki Reon & Yumesaki Nene (Star), and Ouki Kaname & Misaki Rion (Cosmos).
- Final performance for Wakanatsu Ayame and Oushina Yuu.
- Final performance for Mishiro Ren as a member of Star troupe. She will be transferred to Senka shortly after the Tokyo run.
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