The Man Called Bacchus / Splendor of a Thousand Beats

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English Title: The Man Called Bacchus / Splendor of a Thousand Beats
Japanese Title: バッカスと呼ばれた男 / 華麗なる千拍子
Romanized Title: Bakkasu to Yobareta Otoko / Karei Naru Sen Hyoushi

Troupe: Snow
Year: 2000
Performances: National Tour, 4/14 - 5/07

The Man Called Bacchus:

Based On: n/a
Author/Director: Tani Masazumi
Music: Yoshizaki Kenji, Miyahara Tooru, Takeuchi Kazuhiro
Choreography: Shou Sumire

Splendor of a Thousand Beats:

Author: Takaki Shirio
Director: Nakamura Kazunori
Music: Nishimura Kouji, Kai Masato, Kuratomi Shinichi
Choreography: Nakura Kayoko, Ieki Hiroshi, Ai Erina, Ootani Morio

Available on DVD: No

Julian Grandgeorges (former commanding officer of the Imperial Guard)Todoroki Yuu
Anne d'Autriche (Queen of France)Tsukikage Hitomi
Michele Valor (troubadour)Kouju Tatsuki
Cardinal Mazarin (France's chief minister)Shiokaze Kou
Adelle (Manderen's lover)Itsumine Aki
Marquis Flovel (master of Riquewhir)Amaki Kaori
Marquis's wifeMorio Kazumi
Louis II, Duke of Enghien (France's commander-in-chief)Naruse Kouki
Charlotte (Flovel's eldest daughter. Lazlo's lover)Kisaki Miri
MargoTamaki Kaho
JudithMaisaka Yukiko
LauraHouju Konatsu
Paulette (Michel's lover) Aida Megu
Branche (Julian's manservant)Asuka Yuu
KettyMarioka Tomomi
Duchess of Orleans (Louis XIII's younger brother)Kasai Hitomi
Manderen (leader of a band of thieves)Aran Kei
Lazlo (the Marquis Flovel's manservant)Asami Hikaru
Duke of Orleans (Louis XIII's younger brother)Tatsuki You
Margitta (Charlotte's younger sister)Kasumi Fuuka
CecileAyuna Sae
Louis XIVChisaki Maria

Other Cast: Asukai Mari, Miho Keiko, Yuu Naoki, Yuuki Mao, Yumena Saya, Machika Meguru, Kazami Yoshiki, Yurika Shiho, Tachibana Riya, Misumi Kanon, Shiroka Koyu, Hijiri Rei, Anjou Shiki



The Man Called Bacchus

France, 1644. Louis XIII has been dead for one year, and Queen Anne d'Autriche has the regency in lieu of her young son, Louis XIV. Several strong figures stand in her court, and the intrigue and infighting remains a problem. Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister of France, is one of them, as is Gaston, duc d'Orléans, brother-in-law of Anne. The court is celebrating a victory against the Germans, and the general, Louis II, Duke of Enghien's successful return.

Suddenly a masked troubadour appears and begins singing. His songs are politically charged against the continuing Thirty Year's War, and Mazarin orders him to stop. When he refuses the Imperial Guard attempt to arrest him. Instead, this one man manages to take down twenty, steal a sword, and hold it to the queen's throat. Anne begins to laugh, and demands that Julian remove his mask. The court is relieved and joyful to see that the former commander of the Imperial Guard has returned to Paris. Suddenly a new disturbance runs into the ballroom, a young man begging to speak to the queen. Princess Charlotte begs the queen to listen to him, as he is her father's servant. The young man, Lazlo, has come to beg the queen's aide to protect Alsace, which is being ravaged by both French and German troupes because of its precarious location. At first the queen wavers, but Mazarin talks her around despite Julian's protests, and the unlucky Lazlo is dragged off to the Bastille while Charlotte weeps.

Julian leaves the court, his servant Branche following and muttering about how he always manages to get into the thick of trouble. Julian protests that he walks a very straight path, and trouble just happens to ambush him. He eventually ends up at a deserted theater, and is surprised to see all the men gone. The women tell him that actors and singers have been arrested lately for unfavorable views. He calls out for his old friends, and they come running: the three musketeers. Although old and infirm, they swear to follow him wherever he asks. Unfortunately, he asks about the Bastille, which Athos broke out of 40 years before. They waver, but are eventually talked around for a daring rescue attempt.

At the Bastille, Athos manages to remember the path in and they free Lazlo. Another man in the cell calls out, wondering if he might be permitted to escape as well, since the door is already open. This is Michele, a real troubadour, thrown into prison for espousing politically charged beliefs. Julian agrees to free him and all of the other prisoners. They reconvene back at the theater, where Julian warns them that staying in Paris isn't safe. He asks for their help, because he has a plan to save Alsace. All the men agree, except one. Lounging in a corner, a man with a livid scar on his cheek says a polite thank you for the rescue, but adds that since he's not a political prisoner like the rest, he intends to go on as he always has. Julian notes that he is no regular thief, and he admits to being Manderen, a name everyone recognizes. Suddenly his girlfriend appears and calls his bluff, and he agrees to help Julian as well.

In Riquewhir, Alsace, the Marquis Flovel and his wife prepare for the worst. His wife tells her two sons that starting tomorrow they will go to enlist, one in the German army, the other in the French. That way at least one will survive on the winning side. The family weeps, when suddenly Lazlo appears with news. Although the queen has refused her aide, he has brought the former captain of the Imperial Guard! This cheers everyone up, until Julian and his band arrive singing and dancing in fantastic rags, masquerading as a troupe of traveling entertainers. The Alsace citizens loose heart.

Julian notices a young maid walking very nervously away from town and follows her to some ruins where he finds her feeding a band of war orphans. They worry that he will take their Nana away, since she has been stealing from her master to feed them, but he reassures them. Nana then tells them that this man is the former leader of the French Imperial Guard, and that he is here to help them all. But the children become upset, as many of their parents were killed by the French army.

Julian puts his plan into action. The children and the three musketeers are put to work planting the grapes which the village depends on for their wines. Michele and some of the gang work to frighten off the French army with tales of plague and disease. Meanwhile, the children and starving citizens convince the German army to help them with their planting. Julian slips off back to Paris, where he convinces Charlotte to sneak away in the dead of night. Anne catches them escaping. She had heard about the Bastille break-out, and suspected that Julian would be back for Charlotte. Anne and Charlotte commiserate about being women caught in politics, and Anne talks about her own marriage at the age of ten, and about the young man she truly loved, the one who always took care of her when she first came to France from Spain. She tells Charlotte to follow her heart and gives them leave to go, and as they leave, she asks Julian if that young man ever loved her in return. He tells her that he must have.

Later, Anne speakes with Mazarin, who promises her that he will always be by her side, as his place is beside her. At first flustered by something approaching a love confession, she is reassured by Mazarin, who tells her that his place is simply by her side. That is all.

In Riquewhir, Julian returns Charlotte to her parents. The marquis learns about Charlotte and Lazlo, and at first refuses, but then is talked around to blessing the two. Then Manderen appears. He had gone to fetch Charlotte's sister from the Germans, and now Margitta is returned home as well. Later, as the German's chare their food with the orphans, word comes ... the war is over! Peace has returned, and because of Julian's foresight and insistence, the town will have a crop to depend on in the coming year.

In Paris, Anne finally takes control of her court, determined to live her life strongly for her son. She will stand by his side as Mazarin has stood by hers. Julian comes to say farewell. This is the last goodbye, and the pair separate under a light snowfall similar to the one they first met under....

Splendor of a Thousand Beats

Scenes 1~3 - Prologue

A splendid parade of the entire troupe across the Silver Bridge to new versions of well-known theme songs such as "The Man Who Sells Happiness" and "Splendor of a Thousand Beats".

Singing Gentleman S: Todoroki Yuu
Singing Lady S: Tsukikage Hitomi
Gentlemen A: Kouju Tatsuki, Shiokaze Kou
Lady A: Itsumine Aki, Morio Kazumi, Kisaki Miri, Aida Megu
Gentlemen (trio): Aran Kei, Naruse Kouki, Asami Hikaru

Singer of a Thousand Beats: Todoroki Yuu

Scene 4 - London

A scene of the streets of London unfolds on stage, with the struggle of adult love.

Stanley: Kouju Tatsuki
Dorothy: Itsumine Aki
Jason: Naruse Kouki
Rita: Kisaki Miri
Carol: Aida Megu
Guys: Tatsuki You, Machika Meguru, Hijiri Rei

Scenes 5~8 - Spain

A lone matador approaches the stadium wrapped in enthusiasm for the game and worry over approaching his death. His lover prays for his safety.

Matador S: Todoroki Yuu
Lover: Tsukikage Hitomi
Black Shadow A: Shiokaze Kou
Matadors: Amaki Kaori, Aran Kei, Asami Hikaru

Scenes 9~15 - Rio Carnival

A gorgeous revue scene opens, riding a passionate rhythm.

Rio Woman S: Tsukikage Hitomi
Rio Men A: Kouju Tatsuki, Shiokaze Kou
Rio Man A (singer): Aran Kei
Dancing Men A: Naruse Kouki, Asami Hikaru
Rio Women A: Itsumine Aki, Kisaki Miri, Aida Megu

The Pineapple Queen: Todoroki Yuu
Rio Men A: Shiokaze Kou, Aran Kei, Naruse Kouki, Asami Hikaru
Rio Women A: Itsumine Aki, Kisaki Miri

Dancing Man A: Kouju Tatsuki
Rio Men A: Shiokaze Kou, Aran Kei, Naruse Kouki, Asami Hikaru

Rio Man S: Todoroki Yuu
Rio Woman S: Tsukikage Hitomi
Dancing Man A: Kouju Tatsuki
Rio Men A: Shiokaze Kou, Aran Kei, Naruse Kouki, Asami Hikaru
Rio Women A: Itsumine Aki, Kisaki Miri

Scenes 16~18 - Visiting the Jazz Beat

Jazz's origins begin in Africa, becoming a more intense rhythm as it moves to New Orleans and New York.

African Man: Asami Hikaru
African Women: Kasumi Fuuka, Machika Meguru, Yurika Shiho, Tachibana Riya

New Orleans Man A: Kouju Tatsuki
New Orleans Woman A: Itsumine Aki

Dancing Woman S: Tsukikage Hitomi
Dancing Man A: Shiokaze Kou

New York Man S: Todoroki Yuu
New York Woman S: Tsukikage Hitomi
New York Man A: Kouju Tatsuki

Scenes 19~21 - Finale

A fashionable finale accompanied by famous chansons.

Singing Man: Tatsuki You

Singing Parisian: Asami Hikaru
Parisienne A: Itsumine Aki

Montmartre Singer: Aran Kei
Dancing Gentleman: Naruse Kouki
Dancing Lady: Morio Kazumi

Garcon: Shiokaze Kou

Flower Gentleman: Kouju Tatsuki
Flower Lady S: Kisaki Miri

Harp Man S: Todoroki Yuu
Harp Woman S: Tsukikage Hitomi

Scene 22 - Parade

Gentleman of the Parade S: Todoroki Yuu
Lady of the Parade S: Tsukikage Hitomi
Gentlemen of the Parade A: Kouju Tatsuki, Shiokaze Kou
Lady of the Parade A: Itsumine Aki, Kisaki Miri

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Tour Schedule
4/14Tokuyama City Bunka Kaikan (Hiroshima)
4/15-4/16Hiroshima Yuubinchokin Kaikan (Hiroshima)
4/18Shimane Prefecture Civic Hall (Shimane)
4/20Kagawa Prefecture Kenmin Hall (Kagawa)
4/22-4/23Kumamoto Prefectural Theater (Kumamoto)
4/25-4/26Kagoshima Prefecture Bunka Center (Kagoshima)
4/28-4/29Kyuushuukousei Nenkin Kaikan (Fukuoka)
5/01-5/02Fukuoka Sun Palace (Fukuoka)
5/05-5/07Okinawa Compension Center (Okinawa)


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