Princess Kuroaza and the Charcoal Maker / Chanson D'Amour
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English Title: Princess Kuroaza and the Charcoal Maker / Chanson D'Amour
Japanese Title: 黒あざ姫と炭焼 / シャンソン・ダムール
Romanized Title: Kuroaza-Hime to Sumiyaki / Shanson Damuur
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 05/01 - 05/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 05/09
Princess Kuroaza and the Charcoal Maker:
Based On: a folk legend
Author/Director: Uno Nobuo
Composer: Totoki Kazuo, Takahashi Ren, Tsutsumi Gorou
Choreographer: Fujima Ryousuke
Conductor (Takarazuka): Totoki Kazuo
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Author/Director: Takagi Shirou
Composer: Kawasaki Tsuneo, Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Nakano Junji, Takai Yoshizumi, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Yasumoto Shinji, Watanabe Takeo, Sasaki Kazuo, Oka Masami, Terashima Tadashi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Kawasaki Tsuneo
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Kuroaza-hime (Princess)||Mari Ruiko||Nachi Wataru|
|Kogoro (Charcoal Burner)||Sumi Hanayo||Asuka Taeko|
|Tameiye (Father)||Fujino Takane (Japanese Dance Senka)|
|Kinugasa (Mother)||Kamiyo Nishiki (Acting Senka)|
|Nurse / Kaoruzaru||Wakazakura Kaoru|
|Nobuzane / Yuenzaru||Takadono Yukari|
|Kinmaro / Wataruzaru||Nachi Wataru|
|Munechika / Kasumizaru||Wakayama Kazumi|
|Toshiyori / Noboruzaru||Uchinoe Noboru|
Other Cast (Chanson D'Amour only): Kuroki Hikaru (Dance Senka), Shijou Hideko (Dance Senka), Ooji Michio (Acting Senka), Maki Yayoi (Moon Troupe), Asanagi Mifune (Snow), Kisaragi Miwako (Snow)
Other Cast: Nawate Katsumi, Tsubasa Hikaru, Maki Katsumi, Wakamiya Tokiko, Misuzu Toshiko, Honjou Tamaki, Niji Kumiko, Yumeji Kayoko, Tachibana Kimiko, Ariake Tsukiko, Shinonome Akemi, Wakakusa Etsuko, Miyagi Reiko, Kamishima Yachiyo, Oozora Midori, Musashino Hiromi, Haruno Kimiko, Chibune Asako, Koshiro Shinobu, Hanayama Kyouko, Iso Misaki, Rijou Mariko, Sono Asaji, Yoshihara Haruto, Tsukino Teruko, Sumizora Rieka, Izumi Takako, Utashiki Takako, Takara Michiyo, Chigusa Chiyo, Tamagawa Tokiko, Akizuki Miho, Yumi Tooru, Hagi Masae, Izumikawa Kiyoshi, Mizuki Noboru, Asakaze Midori, Fuji Mineko, Sakuragawa Youko, Oka Nahoko, Unabara Hiromi, Kyou Kazume, Nazuki Hitomi, Kokonoe Sakiko, Kamiji Chizuru, Hatomi Hikaru
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Princess Kuroaza and the Charcoal Maker
Once upon a time there lived in Kyoto a court noble named Nijo Tameiye, whose daughter, though exceedingly lovely and tender in the heart had one physical defect — she had a black mole under an eye. Because of this, the princess was nicknamed Princess "Black Mole" and young courtiers used to turn away from her.
Even lowly men would not wish to wed her, which greatly grieved both her father and mother, named Kinguase. She was also grieved to see her parents in such a plight, and made up her mind to look for a husband by herself. With such a desire in mind, she ventured to confine herself in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple to pray to God for help.
On the day the prescribed period of her prayers was schedule to end, the Kwannon, Goddess of Mercy, showed up in front of her saying "Know ye that at a place called Narukoyama in the distant province of Kii far in the south (Which is now Wakayama Prefecture) there lives a young maned named Kogoro, who is destined to become your husband. With him you will surely be happy through your life." With this the Goddess disappeared.
Seen off by her weeping parents, the Princess departed on her long and precarious journey, all alone. Before she left, Tameiye, her father, handed her a bag containing three gold blocks, saying "With this, you and your young man will be able to live through life in plenty and happiness."
At the end of her long journey, the Princess at last found herself at Narukoyama, here, as ordained by the Godess, she met Kogoro, who, to her dismay turned out to be a black faced man, living among monkeys deep in the mountains. In spite of this, she tried to be obedient to what the Goddess had directed and was determined to become his wide. Wonderful it was that the young man appeared to be utterly indifferent to the black mole on her face, which made her extremely relieved and happy.
Kogoro, the simple young man, on his part found himself deeply attracted by the lovely Princess and immediately set about preparing for the nuptials. As he left on a hunting mission in order to hunt game to be eaten in celebration of their wedding, the Princess handed him the bag containing the valuable gold.
As she sat there alone after Kogoro had gone out, she saw a vision of the far distant Miyako, or Kyoto — in the vision Kogoro was a charming young Prince and on her face there was no black mole any more, turning her into a matchlessly beautiful woman.
In his hunting adventure, Kogoro was unlucky and was unable to shoot even a bird. With all his arrows on his shoulders used up, he happened to come up to the shores of a lonely pond, where he caught sight of a duck. Alas he had no arrows available. He then though for the bag handed by the Princess. He unhesitatingly threw the three gold blocks at the duck, as if they were simple stones, and thus could catch it. Happy and glad, he hurried back to his hut where he was astounded to find the girl lying on the floor in a swoon.
In no time the Princess came back to her senses and proposed to Kogoro a plan to go up to the Miyako and build up a life of plenty and happiness with the three gold blocks as capital. When she was told that the gold had been thrown into the pond for killing the duck, she was plunged into despair and cried.
Seeing her in such grief the young man desperately implored her that she remain there with him. Moved at the sincerity and affection shown by him, she eventually gave up the idea of ever going back to Kyoto and instead made up her mind to live there, deep in the mountains, until the very end of her life, because she was conscious that thus only she could be assured of a true happiness.
Scene 1: Ca c’est Paris
A man, attired in swallow-tailed suit, appears on the stairs and sings the song of “Ca c’est Paris.” This is followed by a horde of men and girls.
Ca C'est Paris Man: Sumi Hanayo
Ca C'est Paris Woman: Maki Katsumi
Rose Queen: Akashi Teruko
Etoile: Mari Ruiko
Decorative Woman A: Kuroki Hikaru (Dance Senka)
Toe Woman A: Shijou Hideko (Dance Senka)
Trois Deluxe: Amagi Tsukie, Nawate Katsumi, Momoyama Chitose
Trois monsieur: Miyama Shinobu, Mizushiro Tamamo, Beppu Yufuko
Parisienne: Nachi Wataru, Wakayama Kazumi, Uchinoe Noboru
Scene 2: My Sweetheart
A singer sings “My Sweetheart”, while a dozen of girls dance.
Singing Gentleman: Maki Yayoi (Moon Troupe)
Scene 3: Chanson D'Amour
A chansense sings before a big accordion, accompanied by an accordion player. Then, sixteen accordion rockets dance.
Singing Woman: Maki Katsumi
Accordion Man A: Asanagi Mifune
Scene 4: Downtown in Paris
The scene is set in a downtown in Paris, with stone stairs in the center. As a pistol shot comes from up the stairs, a woman is seen fleeing down them. A murder case – a group of tourists is caught in the ensuing turmoil.
Apaches Man: Amagi Tsukie
Apaches Woman: Kuroki Hikaru (Dance Senka)
Canaille: Miyama Shinobu, Sumi Hanayo, Mizushiro Tamamo
Scene 5: Beggar's Piano
A poor unpopular pianist appears on a silver bridge and sings.
Singer: Akashi Teruko
Scene 6: Tricolor
As the flowers on the stage change colors from pink to blue and white, dancers, in varying costumes, appear dancing in turn.
Long-Skirted Singer: Misuzu Toshiko
Long-Skirted Beauty: Mari Ruiko
Folies Bergère Singer: Nawate Katsumi
Trio A: Asanagi Mifune, Kisaragi Miwako, Sono Asaji
Trio B: Haruno Kimiko, Chibune Asako, Midorikawa Yumi
Scene 7: Flower That Blooms in Dreams
A female dancer, whose skirt flows over the stage, sings with a tiny mirror in hand. Soon, a group of men and women emerges through the skirt, ending up in a gala dancing by all on the stage.
Female Dancer A: Shijou Hideko (Dance Senka)
Skirt Queen: Maki Katsumi
Scene 8: C'est la Vie
A Parisian appears on the stage, and relates his life story in song.
Gaman: Miyama Shinobu, Mizushiro Tamamo
Scene 9: Falling Leaves
As the music of “Falling Leaves” is played, an alcohol-addicted woman appears and remembers memories of her past glory. Eventually she becomes insane and kills herself by plunging into the river from a bridge.
Old Woman: Ooji Michio (Acting Senka)
Scene 10: La Siene
As gas lights twinkle in the distance, sixteen gentlemen dance to the accompaniment of a song sung by a swallow-tailed man.
Singing Parisien: Maki Yayoi
Scene 11: Fantasies of Versailles
In a garden with a fountain, a woman stands as if waiting for a person to come up. Music is heard far-off, and she is into fantasies.
Woman: Mari Ruiko
Marble Woman: Shijou Hideko (Dance Senka)
Women with Feathered Fans: Tsubasa Hikaru, Honjou Tamaki
Scenes 12 - 14: Piano
Eight dancers turn into the keys of piano.
Pianist: Nawate Katsumi
A female singer sings before a piano while two gentlemen dance. Then, three dance together while singing.
Singer: Maki Katsumi
Piano Men: Amagi Tsukie, Momoyama Chitose
Charmant Sienne: Akashi Teruko, Sumi Hanayo, Maki Yayoi
Three men dance a tap dance. The rockets of the keys of the piano dance a lined dance.
Trois Tap: Nachi Wataru, Wakayama Kazumi, Uchinoe Noboru
Scene 15: Sight-seeing in Paris
A story of three rustics sight-seeing in Paris.
Parisien: Amagi Tsukie, Sumi Hanayo, Akashi Teruko
Parisienne: Tsubasa Hikaru, Honjou Tamaki, Mari Ruiko
Scenes 16 - 18: Finale
A flower, as big as the stage, collapses, its petals turned into so many dancer-girls who dance together.
A pretty flower vendor-girl sings, while other girls spread flowers.
Pistil A: Shijou Hideko (Dance Senka)
All cast members stage a grand parade, while singing.
Singing Flower Seller Woman: Mari Ruiko
- Final performance for Tsubasa Hikaru and Tsukino Teruko. Also officially recorded final performance for Miyagi Reiko, Sumizora Rieka, and Takara Michiyo, although that was likely the Tokyo Theater performance of "Chanson d’Amour / Yodogimi".
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