Transient Autumn Leaves / Nova Bossa Nova


Picture Credit: GRAPH Sept. 1976

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English Title: Transient Autumn Leaves / Nova Bossa Nova
Japanese Title: うつしよ紅葉 / ノバ・ボサ・ノバ
Romanized Title: Utsushiyo Kouyou / Noba Bosa Noba

Troupe: Flower
Year: 1976
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/12 - 9/28; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 10/29 - 11/28
Shinjinkouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, (Transient Autumn Leaves) 9/7, (Nova Bossa Nova) 9/17; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, (Transient Autumn Leaves) 11/14, (Nova Bossa Nova) 11/19

Transient Autumn Leaves:

Based On: The life of Oda Nobunaga
Director/Choreographer: Onoe Shouroku
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Composer: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo):
Shinjin Kouen Director:

Nova Bossa Nova:

Author/Director: Kamogawa Seisaku
Composer: Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, Terada Takio, Yoshizaki Kenji
Choreographer: Kita Hiroshi, Agata Youji, Shuri Misao, Tsukasa Konomi
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo):
Shinjin Kouen Director:

Available on DVD: No


Transient Autumn Leaves

RoleCastShinko Cast
Oda NobunagaAnna Jun Takara Junko
Akechi MitsuhideMisato Kei Ashi Saori
Hirate MasahideMiyoshi Sakuko Asazuki Mario
Hirate GorouemonMatsu Akira Jin Natsumi
Hirate KenmotsuShiomi Rika Hayami Ritsu
Hirate JinzouemonKotobuki Hizuru Wakaba Hiromi
Oda NobuyukiShinjou Mayumi Ou Wataru
Mori RanmaruTakara Junko Sugata Haruka
Dota GozenRuri Toyomi Hoshi Subaru
Nou-himeUehara Mari Kitakouji Miho
Shibata KatsuieUtagawa Harumi Kijou Tomoka
Hayashi MimasakaAsazuki Mario Nishikino Hanayo
KasugaMegumi Sakae Magiri Aya
KosasaShima Yuri Inaba Kayo
HeizouFujisono Satomi Suwa Ai

Nova Bossa Nova

RoleCastShinko Cast
SolAnna Jun Kotobuki Hizuru
OuroMisato Kei Mashio Chinami
EstrelaYuuki Kanae Mari Hikaru
MarMuromachi Akane Yashiro Haruna
BrisaTakara Junko Yoshino Mana
Father LuaMatsu Akira Taira Michi
Sister MamaAsazuki Mario Satomi Akira
Mrs. MelAsuka Miyako Ashi Saori
LabiosYashio Michiru Tsukioka Chikage
BolsoShinjou Mayumi Ou Wataru
BoloShima Yuri Kou Naomi
PeiroRitsu Tomomi Mana Hiroka
Nishikino Hanayo Isono Chihiro
Jin Natsumi Hayami Ritsu
PoliceUtagawa Harumi
Fujisono Satomi
Madam XMegumi Sakae Magiri Aya
Madam GadoUehara Mari Takehara Sayuri
Door BoyKotobuki Hizuru Wakaba Hiromi

Hoshi Subaru in Tokyo

Other Cast: Kazaho Risa, Suzuka Teruko, Mitsui Mako, Hoshi Rimiko, Ichijou Hikaru, Izumi Mari, Miki Hiromi, Naka Iori, Mitama Chiyo, Chisato Hiromi, Sono Mayumi, Katsura Miki, Hatobue Maki, Matsukaze Satomi, Ran Sagano, Hiroki Jun, Miwa Chigusa, Kaji Ryuuko, Senju Kei, Aki Kanou, Chiaki Manaka, Natsuse Amane, Maizumi Sari, Natsukawa Yukari, Agou Sachi, Maya Mitsuho, Hanajou Marie, Suzu Mine, Chidori Sakura, Madoka Teru



Transient Autumn Leaves

Set during the Warring States Period. Although in charge of a mere 3000 men, Nobunaga rushes to engage Imagawa Yoshimoto's 45,000. Before departing to lead a surprise attack on Yoshimoto's headquarters, he tells his wife Nou-hime to return to her father, but she is resolved to die with him....

Nova Bossa Nova

This is a famous revue which has been performed eight times by Takarazuka Revue, beginning in 1971. It incorporates well-known Spanish songs with new Japanese ones to tell the story of Sol, Estrela, Ouro, and Brisa. The only spoken dialogue in the revue is the priest and the nun, plus one line each by Sol and Estrella. The rest is told through song, or acted out.

Rio de Janeiro in South America. Once every year a carnival takes place for three days and three nights. Everyone is excitedly preparing for the big event.

The revue opens with a scene introducing the main characters. They sing happily about the sea and the sky. Later, Sol and Ouro each rob a bank with their young helpers. They meet and Ouro is instantly jealous of Sol. He tries to best him in coolness, but Sol throws money to the crowd and departs with their shrieking loyalty. Later, Sol dons a ragged disguise to hide from the police. He manages to misdirect them and disappears.

That night, everyone goes to the tango club. Ouro is sleezing up to Estrella, desperate to get his paws on her diamond necklace. He steals it without her noticing, then Sol tricks him into giving it up, and then Ouro's follower pulls a gun and takes it back. Sol takes a nasty knock over the head.

Mar and Brisa are happily walking along in the night singing of their love. Bolo, Sol's helper, comes to beg Mar's help to get the dizzy thief home. While she's waiting for Mar to return, Brisa hears sirens. Ouro comes running by, the police in pursuit. He sees an opportunity and grabs her, kissing her passionately to throw the police off. Dazed, Brisa lets Ouro lead her away.

The next day Brisa and Ouro, and Sol and Estrela and dancing on the beach. Everyone is happy and celebrating carnival. Suddenly, Mar appears. He is looking frantically through the crowds for Brisa. He finds her dancing passionately with Ouro and is enraged. The two men fight, trying to posses Brisa. Ouro thinks he has won, and then Mar pulls his knife and lunges. Brisa is caught between them.

Mar is devastated, as is Ouro. Both men sing in sorrow and distress. Eventually, Ouro is comforted by Labios. Mar is arrested, but Sol sends Bolo to bribe the guards and free him. Mar is happy to have a new chance at life. Everyone dances for the joy of life.

Later that night, while Bolso, Ouro's follower, is getting ready for carnival, the diamond necklace is stolen. It eventually ends up in the hands of Madam X, a woman in a female-only nightclub. Both Sol and Ouro don female disguises to go in in pursuit of the necklace. Eventually it is Sol who emerges triumphantly, and he returns the necklace to Estrela.

The next morning Estrela must leave Rio de Janiero. She and Sol say their goodbyes, and Sol is sad to watch her go. As she leaves, she drops her necklace. After an internal battle, the thief returns it to her mother. Not seconds after she goes off stage, however, we hear a cry and Bolso runs past with the necklace once more. Sol trips him, and the necklace flies through the air to land at the feet of Lua and Mama. Mama adds it to her collection box. Sol laughs and goes to join the last of the carnival.

Other Information

  • Transient Autumn Leaves was renamed Transient Cherry Blossoms for two national tours and a Chunichi performance in 1977.


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