The Emperor and the Witch
Picture Credit: program cover (Hoshizora Hikaru)
English Title: The Emperor and the Witch
Japanese Title: 皇帝と魔女
Romanized Title: Koutei to Majo
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 08/01 - 09/02
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 08/24
Based On: The 16th century Chinese novel The Investiture of the Gods (very loosely)
Author/Director: Shirai Tetsuzou
Composer: Takahashi Ren, Tsutsumi Gorou, Nakai Mitsuharu, Totoki Kazuo, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Takai Yoshizumi, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji, Minami Yasuo
Choreographer: Watanabe Takeo, Kawakami Gorou, Yamada Taku, Kita Hiroshi, Yamashita Yasuo, Uchida Yoshitaka
Conductor (Takarazuka): Mizoguchi Takashi
Conductor (Tokyo): n/a
Available on DVD: No
Available on Blu-Ray: No
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: n/a
|Shou Wang (King Zhou of Shang)||Yodo Kaoru||Konoe Mari|
|Daji||Natsu Ayako||Akebono Youko|
|Dowager Empress Jiang||Shirayuki Shikime|
|Zhao Tian||Konoe Mari|
|Mei Mei||Ayukawa Mitsuru|
|Ling Mei||Ayukawa Michiyo|
|Zhao Lei||Kou Nishiki|
|Du Yuanxi, Royal Astrologer||Uchibuki Misa|
|Weizi Qi, older brother of Zi Shou (King Zhou of Shang)||Kamiyo Nishiki|
|Shang Rong, Prime Minister||Miyoshi Sakuko|
|Jiang Zhonghuan / Duke of Zhou||Asadori Chiho|
|Huang Feihu||Miyama Shigure|
|Consort Rong||Sakae Miyuki|
|Consort Fu / Soldier Da Lin Dan||Mizuho Youko|
|Consort Ling||Oomachi Keiko|
|Consort Xiu||Akatsuki Hidemi|
|Consort Huang / Nan Gonghuo||Taira Michiyo|
|Consort Shu||Hoshi Hisami|
|Consort Yang||Akebono Youko|
|Consort He||Miwa Hisayuri|
|Consort You||Yamabuki Mayumi|
|Chen Fulin||Kiyokawa Hayami|
|Count of the West, Ji Chang / Bo Yikao, Ji Chang's eldest son||Hoshizora Hikaru|
|San Yisheng||Aya Yutaka|
|Marquis Su Hu||Fujino Takane|
|Soldier Xiao Tian Hong||Miyoshino Kazuya|
Other Cast: Megumi Sakae, Hanazora Rie, Wakao Ayuko, Murasame Chizuru, Mitaka Hideko, Sonobe Ryuuko, Tsukinoe Madoka, Mikuni Aya, Shima Hitomi, Matsunami Shibuki, Miho Tsukushi, Kotoura Kazue, Asaji Hikaru, Aya Yutaka, Shirasu Michiyo, Kiku Kaori, Tokonatsu Megumi, Fujimori Setsuko, Takano Miyuki, Ina Chigumi, Maya Natsumi, Yasaka Akemi, Manabe Misato, Azuma Isami, Kodai Yumeko, Asaki Nami, Kuretake Sayuki, Oogi Mari, Iwasuzu Kuniko, Kiritachi Mitsuru, Yashiro Mari, Myoujou Rumi, Towa Michiyo, Ichii Masami, Kuni Hiromi, Wakou Erika, Anri Miki, Kashiwagi Miyo, Komachi Yuki, Yumeji Urara, Masaki Sagiri, Hana Kuniko, Kuni Hiromi
Ken-1: Tsubasa Mari, Shirogane Akemi, Tamaoka Midori, Yashima Sachi, Shiratae Youko, Sen Natsuki, Shouji Miharu, Shiro Katsumi, Suga Harumi, Asazuki Mario, Matsuho Misa, Kon Sachiko, Yashiro Yumi, Asami Shizuka, Shirakawa Chisato, Hamaji Yumi, Ogawa Eriisa
Honkasei: unnamed (at least 31)
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
A grand historical romance set in China during the Shang Dynasty (about 1100 BC), about Shou Wang who ruled over all the lands and the woman called Daji whose actions brought about the ruin of an empire.
One day, in the inner palace among the women a trivial thing happened. This thing was that a girl named Daji from Jiangsu Province arrived among them.
Daji rode skillfully, knew martial arts, and was a very lively girl who did not fit in amongst the women of the inner palace who esteemed manners and avoided the outside.
Daji was treated poorly by the women of the inner palace who all wanted to become empress. Shou Wang at first was defending her from them, but that soon turned to love. However, the more Shou Wang loved her, the more she was persecuted.
Shou Wang built a residence Zhaixinglou just for them that no one else could enter, but on a pretext the empress ignored the emperor's orders.
In his rage Shou Wang forgot himself and threw the empress from the balcony.
To help relieve Daji's sorrow, Shou Wang had the qin expert Bo Yikao come to teach her the qin, but over time Bo Yikao came to fall in love with Daji.
Bo Yikao confessed his love to Daji and asked her to flee with him from the palace, but just at that moment Shou Wang arrived.
And thus a tragedy was born, where in maelstrom of rage plots were born and consequently the Shang Dynasty's destruction began....
- Final performance for Hanazora Rie, Matsushima Minako, Sonobe Ryuuko, Mitaka Hideko, and Ina Chigumi.
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