Natasha of the Rainbow / La Jeunesse!
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English Title: Natasha of the Rainbow / La Jeunesse!
Japanese Title: 虹のナターシャ / La Jeunesse!
Romanized Title: Niji no Nataasha / La Jeunesse!
Performances: Chunichi Theater, 2/1 - 2/18
Natasha of the Rainbow:
Based On: The manga by Hayashi Mariko & Yamato Waki
Script/Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Yoshida Yuuko
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi
Shinjin Kouen Director: Saitou Yoshimasa
Script/Director: Okada Keiji
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Takahashi Kuni, Kai Masato, Wally Hubber
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Hayama Kiyomi, Yamada Taku, Sha Tamae, Nikki Harris
Available on VHS: No
|Sanjou Kaoru (Imperial Symphony's conductor)||Takane Fubuki|
|Ranko/Natasha (Daughter of Lord Kuretake and a Russian singer)||Hanafusa Mari|
|Kurisaki Takeshi (Grew up like and older brother to Ranko)||Todoroki Yuu|
|Nagaoka Hitoshi (Sanjou's manager)||Wao Youka|
|Kuretake Umeko (Eldest daughter of Lord Kuretake, engaged to Sanjou)||Hoshina Yuri|
|Kuretake Kimiya (A symphony sponsor)||Ban Akira|
|Kuretake Matsuko (Lord Kuretake's wife)||Kyou Misa|
|Kuretake Takeko (Second Daughter of Lord Kuretake)||Midori Hanaka|
|Kame (Kuretake's Head Maid)||Ebira Kaoru|
|Sonezaki Kuniko (A prima donna)||Saotome Sachi|
Other Cast: Izumi Tsukasa, Akari Nami, Tasai Shun, Itsumine Aki, Marioka Tomomi, Yabuki Shou, Morio Kazumi, Katsuragi Nanaho, Mimi Anri, Suzusato Yuuka, Miho Keiko, Kasai Hitomi, Kaede Saki, Kotobuki Tsukasa, Amaki Kaori, Kazahaya Yuu, Mayo Sakura, Aran Kei, Arisa Miho, Shiomi Maho, Yuu Naoki, Yumeki Noa, Takashiro Kei, Hanabuki Mai, Akasaka Miki, Mirai Yuuki, Ai Youko, Kisaki Miri, Hatsune Mayo, Aida Megu
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Natasha of the Rainbow
In 1932, the shadow of war threatens, but Japan is still at peace. A sponsor of the Imperial Symphony, Lord Kuretake Kimiya, is deathly ill. He calls to his bedside Sanjou Kaoru, who is both the fiancé of his daughter Umeko and an up-and-coming conductor. Lord Kuretake has a very serious request: Many years ago, he had a daughter with a Russian woman and he begs Sanjou to search for her in Shanghai. Because her mother, Anastasia, an opera singer, was a close friend of the princess, when the revolution came, she vanished with the imperial family. Since then, Kuretake has married and had a family, and he wants his daughter Natasha to be raised in his home.
Secretly, Sanjou and his manager Nagaoka travel to Shanghai and Sanjou meets a beautiful girl singing at a jazz club in a hotel. Because she's scorned for her mixed race, she has become a rough tomboy... and it turns out that girl is Natasha! She has been raised by the Kurisaki family, who own a small restaurant, and she and their son Takeshi are like brother and sister. Sanjou invites Natasha to a concert, but at the last minute she must stand in for the star. Sanjou is amazed by her incredible singing voice. Now he determines not only to bring her home, but to make sure she gets proper opera training and becomes a true prima donna. Even Takeshi tells her it would be best to go to Japan. Takeshi, it turns out, thinks of Natasha as more than a sister. Not wanting to risk never seeing Sanjou again, Natasha goes on the boat with him to Japan.
But life in Japan proves to be nothing but misery for Natasha. The Kuretake family treats her like a servant and Umeko is suspicious of her relationship with Sanjou. As she travels home from school, Natasha learns that Lord Kuretake has died. She decides to run away. Takeshi has followed her to Japan, and he and Sanjou search desperately for her on the city streets...
The play ends abruptly because the manga was still running at the time it was written - when the play gets to the point the manga had reached, it simply stops, with very little resolution.
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