Poem of the White Heron / Monsieur Papillon
Picture Credit: jenebi, Show Program
English Title: Poem of the White Heron / Monsieur Papillon
Japanese Title: 白鷺の詩 / ムッシュ・パピヨン
Romanized Title: Shirasagi no Uta / Musshu Papiyon
Performances: Grand Theater, 1/1 - 2/17
Shinjinkouen Performance: Grand Theater, 1/31
Poem of the White Heron:
Based On: Inspired by the ballet "Swan Lake"
Author/Director: Ako Takeshi
Director/Choreographer: Hanayagi Juraku
Composer: Terada Takio
Conductor: Nomura Youji
Author/Director: Suganuma Jun
Composer: Yoshizaki Kenji, Nakai Mitsuharu, Nakagawa Akira
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Yamada Taku, Akiko Kanda
Conductor: Mizoguchi Takashi
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
Poem of the White Heron
|Captain Tachibana Mitsunobu
|Yuu-hime, Mitsunobu's fiancee / Yuri-hime, The Demon King's sister
|Haku-ou (魄王), King of the Demon World
|General of the Right Kiyotada, Mitsunobu's friend
|General of the Left Masataka, Mitsunobu's friend, Yuu-hime's brother
|General Tachibana Yoshimichi, Mitsunobu's younger brother
|State Councillor Tachibana Kanemitsu, Mitsunobu's father
|His Wife, the Northern Lady
|Koremitsu, Mitsunobu's page
|Koretada, Mitsunobu's page
|Carlos Fernandez, a bus driver nicknamed Monsieur Papillon
|Pedro de Madif, indígenas, Carlos's friend
|Holst Gunther, an illustrator
|Don Inigo, politician
|Bus Line Chief
|Bus Line Director
|Aminta, singer, Gonzales's lover
|Louisa, Don Inigo's niece, Holst's fiancee
|Amalia, Don Inigo's niece, Carlos's lover
|Elba, indígenas, Pedro's lover
|Conception, Aminta's sister
|Gonzales, a young boss
|Kollo, Gonzales's private seretary
|Trick, club owner
|Paulo, Trick's manager
|Flora, Carlos's mother
|Peepo, Gonzales's bodyguard
Other Cast: Mai Chizuru, Seto Chihiro, Kou Hizuru, Shouji Michiru, Aizono Yuka, Mon Ami, Chibune Yuka, Namigiri You, Makina Erika, Fujinami Yuu, Kumi Mari, Aran Mika, Yutaka Ayumu, Hokuto Hikaru, Megumi Hanae, Ayuhara Sanae, Ootate Hato, Machi Yuu, Aoki Ryou, Narukami Jun, Tae Kurumi, Nana Asami, Umi Shiraho, Shima Haruki
Ken-1: Wakaba Hiromi, Seo Hayami, Asa Hikari, Tamaki Jun, Saijou Anna, Kazaho Risa, Hanamiya Rara, Hoshizuki Misa, Ichihara Kei, Eri Miyuki, Asakaze Megumi, Mayu Natsumi, Saotome Maria, Isuzu Sayori
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Poem of the White Heron
Scene 1 - Snowy Lake Shore
Captain Tachibana Mitsunobu has wandered away from his friends and finds a lake shore never before disturbed by man. The sun is just rising, and the snowy shore is wreathed in mists. In the mist, Mitsunobu watches white herons dance. Then a black heron comes and disturbs them. His friends arrive, and he tells them that he is certain that he saw the form of his fiancee Yuu-hime dancing with the swans. Yuu-hime has been missing for three months, and Masataka wants to let his sister go, believing her dead. He argues with Mitsunobu and Kiyotada. The friends depart first, and when he is alone, Mitsuhide meets the coldly cruel King of the Demon World. The Demon King tells him that he has stolen Yuu-hime, and changed her into a white heron. If he hopes to ever get her back, Mitsunobu must promise to meet him on the next full moon at the Waterfall of the Dragon God....
Scene 2 - The Home of State Councillor Tachibana
Kiyotada reminisces about Yuu-hime, while Masataka again tries to get his friends to leave her memory be. Spring has arrived, and with it, the day when Mitsunobu and Yuu-hime were to have been wed. Mitsunobu's parents join them and also remember the sweet young woman. Mitsunobu's younger brother Yoshimichi, mentions how quiet and changed his brother has been lately....
Scene 3 - Flower Banquet
In the midst of the celebration and dancing at the banquet, the Demon King arrives with his sister Yuri-hime, who looks exactly like Yuu-hime. Yuri-hime dances, and Mitsunobu is snared by her whiles. He embraces her, and she disappears. The Demon King mocks him for falling for things he can never have.
Scene 4 - Mitsunobu and the Demon King
Mitsunobu sings that he will trust in his heart, while the Demon King mocks his humanity.
Scene 5 - The Waterfall of the Dragon God
Deep in the mountains, snow lingers around the waterfall. Still enchanted into a white heron, Yuu-hime sings while other white heron dance around her. Mitsunobu arrives, and once he has assured himself that it is Yuu-hime, he embraces her. But Yuu-hime warns him that he must leave at once because the Demon King's magic is too strong. He refuses. The Demon King arrives to mock him some more, and then sends a powerful blow at Mitsunobu. Yuu-hime steps between them and takes the blow. Mitsunobu tells the Demon King to watch closely, because this is the power of human love. He takes Yuu-hime into his arms, and jumps into the waterfall. The Demon King is flabbergasted to learn how strong human love really is. Mitsunobu and Yuu-hime reappear to sing and dance together once more.
Scene 1 - Prologue
Brazil, the sunny country where cities and jungle mix.
Men and women dance in front of an electric sign saying: "Monsieur Papillon."
Scene 2 - Carioca
Three young men in straw hats come out onto the Silver Bridge and sing.
Scene 3 - Monsieur Papillon
The office of the bus terminal. A tour guide brings in three customers (Holst, Louisa, and Amalia) and introduces them to the bus director. They talk about the bus driver nicknamed "Monsieur Papillon."
Scene 4 - If You're Headed to Rio
The stage spins, bringing Carlos's bus to the bus stop.
Scene 5 - Leave Your Holiday to Me!
Carlos's boss informs him he will be driving the three guests around for the three days of the carnival. Carlos had been expecting a holiday and protests, but the ladies talk him around.
Scene 6A - Carnival
11 show dancers dance and sing in front of the blind.
Scene 6B - Corcovado
At the nightclub Corcovado, Aminta and Conception dance and sing to entertain their guests. Aminta lures Carlos off to dance, while a door boy whispers to Louisa and leads her out of the club. A drunk Carlos eventually stumbles out of the club, Pedro on his heels.
Scene 7 - Abduction
Louisa has been lured out by the boy telling her her father wants her, but it was actually a ruse so she could be abducted! Her bracelet falls into the ally as she is taken away, and her sister Amalia discovers it. She and Holst realize her father's enemy the mob boss Gonzales must have taken her sister. They scuffle with his underlings and escape. Meanwhile, Carlos is extremely loopy and making no sense. Eventually his friend Pedro realizes he has been drugged. They head for Aminta's villa, suspecting she knows where their charges have run off to.
Scene 8 - The Brazilian Aurora
Everyone is gathering at Aminta's place, where we learn the owner and manager of the Corcovado are working for Gonzales. Carlos and Pedro manage to sneak in by pretending to be door boys and helping Aminta and her sister with their bags when they arrive at the well-guarded door. We learn Aminta and Gonzales are lovers. Everyone dons masks for a party. Holst and Amalia arrive and grab Louisa and run. The villains chase them. They all escape but Carlos, who is held at gun point by Aminta. Aminta asks him if he's in love with Amalia, which he vigorously denies. All his love is for the Brazilian Arurora, a rare and mythical butterfly in the Amazon that he is determined to find. His rapturous description wins over Aminta, who tells him to escape to the Amazon, find the butterfly, and return to her.
Scene 9 - El Dorado
Holst has safely returned the two girls home to their father Don Inigo. Carlos and Pedro show up shortly after that. Amalia asks Carlos who he loves more: Her or the butterflies. With Pedros' help he dodges the question, although Amalia announces she will follow him into the Amazon. Don Inigo is amused to see the young man so enraptured by the Amazon. Carlos in turn reveals that Pedro is obsessed with finding El Dorado. While Pedro is in raptures, Carlos sneaks off. When they realize, everyone is in an uproar. Pedro takes off after him, while Amalia is restrained from going as well.
Scene 10 - Amazonia
There is an indígenas village hidden near the Amazon. There, a young lady, Elba, is fretting because the elders will not let her dance, since it is something only men do, or the gods are angered. Pedro arrives and the elder tell him to take Elba with him. He agrees, but says he will take her on his way back, as first he needs to go find his idiot white friend and rescue him. He leaves, and Elba brashly announces she will follow him.
Scene 11 - The Aurora Takes Flight
In the forest, Carlos is being stalked by a giant snake. Just as it is about to swallow him, Pedro shoots and kills it. They great each other, and then Pedro points. A flock of aurora butterflies are in flight. Carlos takes off after them. Pedro tries to follow, but Elba grabs him from behind. He wrestles out of her hug and takes off. She follows.
Scene 12 - Sensation
A radio announcer tells the news that Carlos has returned with a live aurora, and has caused a sensation. Carlos is overwhelmed by all that has happened.
Scene 13 - The Snake
Aminta refuses to perform, instead heading out to find Carlos. Her underlings and sister warn her she's going to anger Gonzales, but she doesn't care. She tells Conception to take Gonzales as her lover, and heads out. Gonzales sends them out after Aminta and the priceless aurora butterfly.
Scene 14 - Brazilian Women are Deeply Jealous
At his mother Flora's house, Carlos has decided not to sell the aurora for money. Elba confronts Pedro, telling him it is time to return to the jungle. Pedro replies that he won't until he has money from El Dorado, but Elba tells him that money isn't what is important. Aminta arrives and offers to help Pedro with his expedition. He tells her he doesn't trust her because of her ties to Gonzales, and she replies that she loves Carlos more than life. Pedro replies that Carlos is in love with Amalia. Aminta says she will show him what a real woman's love is, and that she has a a rendezvous with him that evening at 8. Amalia overhears and is furious. She accuses Pedro of stabbing his friends in the back. Aminta laughs and leaves. Somehow in all the muddle, Elba decides Pedro is cheating on her with Amalia and storms out. Holst goes and drags Carlos out of his room, and Amalia accuses him of setting up a date with Aminta behind her back. Carlos says it couldn't be helped, since she had a pistol on him at the time he made the promise. Holst produces a note from Aminta, and Louisa accuses him also of cheating. There is a kerfuffle, but eventually Louisa and Amalia are placated.
In the garden, later, Flora and Amalia are kidnapped. A threatening note comes, demanding the aurora butterfly in return for the women. However, Carlos and Pedro realize that they have been snatched by the indígenas, lead by Elba. When confronted, Elba admits she had misunderstood and was jealous. everything is sorted out, and Carlos decides the best place for the aurora is in the village zoo.
Scene 15 - The Night Papillon
Aminta is again refusing to go on stage, but Trick shows her a dress and letter from Carlos. In it, Carlos explains that the aurora is staying at his home village, and that he will be marrying Amalia. In return for his broken promise, the dress, designed by Holst, is the "Aurora."
Scene 16 - The Birth of Life
Eight butterfly dancers.
Scene 17 - Wings of Love (Finale I)
Holst sings of his love for her while Louisa dances with 8 young men.
Scene 18 - Appreciate for Distant Ancestors (Finale II)
32 indígenas women dance while Pedro and Elba dance among them.
Scene 19 - Asphalt Jungle (Finale III)
Aminta sings while Gonzales, Kollo, Peepo, Trick, and Paulo dance.
Scene 20 - Prima Bella (Grand Finale)
Carlos and Amalia sing and dance, then Carlos dances in front of a troupe of otokoyaku. The parade to close the show.
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