An Actor's Revenge / Sagittarius
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English Title: An Actor's Revenge / Sagittarius
Japanese Title: 雪之丞変化 / サジタリウス
Romanized Title: Yukinojou no Henge / Sajitariusu
Year: 1994 - 1995
Performances: Grand Theater, 11/11 - 12/18; Tokyo Theater, 3/3 - 3/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka, 11/29; Tokyo, 3/14
An Actor's Revenge:
Based On: Mikami Otokichi's newspaper serial Yukinojou no Henge
Author/Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Director: Onoe Kikugorou (kabuki actor)
Music: Terada Takio, Yoshida Yuuko
Choreography: Onoe Kikunojou
Shinjin Kouen Director: Kimura Shinji
Author/Director: Nakamura Satoru
Music: Yoshida Yuuko, Nishimura Kouji
Choreography: Hayama Kiyomi, Shou Sumire
Available on DVD: No
|Role||Cast||Shinjin Kouen Cast|
|Nakamura Yukinojou (a leading kabuki onnagata)||Ichiro Maki||Wao Youka|
|Namiji (Sansai's daughter, concubine of the shogun)||Hanafusa Mari||Hoshina Yuri|
|Ohatsu (a female thief)||Takane Fubuki||Takakura Kyou|
|Koken (Yukinojou's teacher)||Suzuka Teru||Kishiro Miki|
|Omoyo (Namiji's former nursemaid)||Kyou Misa||Suzusato Yuuka|
|Hiromi-ya (merchant of marine products)||Asuka Yuu||Takaragi Aya|
|Nagasaki-ya (merchant of marine products)||Ami Jun||Mashio Izuru|
|Nakamura Kikunojou (leader of the theater)||Kodai Mizuki||Kotobuki Tsukasa|
|Orito (landlady of an inn)||Saotome Sachi||Miho Keiko|
|Dobe Sansai (a chief vassal in the shogunate)||Izumi Tsukasa||Kazahaya Yuu|
|Yamitarou (a thief)||Todoroki Yuu||Aran Kei|
|Shinyoshi (plasterer workman)||Kouju Tatsuki||Kaede Saki|
|Kadoraku Heima (Sansai's bodyguard)||Katsuragi Nanaho||Shiomi Maho|
|Benkou (Yamitarou's follower)||Wao Youka||Takashiro Kei|
|Jintarou (Omoyo's son)||Takakura Kyou||Mayuzuki Kou|
|Omitsu (Shinyoshi's older sister)||Hoshina Yuri||Midori Hanaka|
|Chise (Omoyo's niece)||Midori Hanaka||Kisaki Miri|
|Mukutanoyoshi (Ohatsu's man)||Aran Kei||Yumeki Noa|
Other Cast: Akari Nami, Tasai Shun, Chiya Akira, Haruno Wakaba, Iraka Maya, Itsumine Aki, Marioka Tomomi, Yabuki Shou, Asakage Rui, Shu Michiru, Yuumi Reo, Morio Kazumi, Marika Nami, Misuzu Ririka, Kojou Ran, Suzusato Yuuka, Kouzuki Mari, Miho Keiko, Takaragi Aya, Kasai Hitomi, Ounami Tsubasa, Amaki Kaori, Mayo Sakura, Hazuki Rei, Maki Megumi, Arisa Miho, Shiomi Maho, Yuki Wakana, Amamiya Moe, Yuu Naoki, Aki Mizuho, Hibiki Maria, Yuuna Aki, Asada Kou, Hanabuki Mai, Akasaka Miki, Hitomi Rika, Yuuki Mao, Mirai Yuuki, Ai Youko, Mizutani Shino, Kisaki Miri, Takase Yuu, Aiki Shuri, Tatsuki You, Michi Kiyora, Komari Nana, Saezuki Akira
Other Cast (Tokyo only): Ayabuki Mao, Haru Ayuka, Hatsune Mayo, Aida Megu, Mariho Erina, Tamaki Kaho, Sugata Kou, Minaho Karin, Namiki Akira, Yumena Saya
80th Class - Group A (Takarazuka): Kiriya Hiromu, Miya Erika, Matake Suguru, Aida Megu, Mei Karen, Minase Ao, Mizusawa Hazuki, Minaho Karin, Kazu Yuuto, Yumena Saya, Asagi Yuuna, Masumi Urara, Nazuki Mika
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
An Actor's Revenge
Set in the 19th century, this play focuses on Nakamura Yukinojou (a famous kabuki onnagata), as he carries out a plot to revenge his parents' deaths. He blames Dobe Sansai. For part of his plan, Yukinojou meets with Sansai's daughter, Namiji, who fell in love with him when she saw him perform. Yukinojou convinces the girl to run away with him, and he hides her away. He feels some guilt, however, because as children the two had played together, and he also has fallen in love with Namiji.
His companions in his plotting are his teacher Koken, and the thieves Ohatsu (who is in love with him) and Yamitarou.
One of Sansai's hired men manages to track Namiji down while Yukinojou is away, and reveals to her who Yukinojou really is, and that he is simply using her to revenge his parents' deaths. Realizing the truth, she swoons and falls into a decline, eventually dying. Yukinojou gets his revenge, however, for her father is forced to commit seppuku over the dishonor of his daughter, who had been a concubine of the shogun.
Chapter 1 Prologue *The Birth of the Planets*
Gases form, solidify, and generate the seeds of future planets. Bits and pieces of this matter gather and a new planet is created. Life begins. Alvireo, Io, and Calisto are born.
The Star S: Ichiro Maki
The Starwoman S; Hanafusa Mari
The Star 1; Takane Fubuki
The Star 2: Todoroki Yuu
Globule S; Kouju Tatsuki
Chapter 2 *Planets of the Future"
Io travels through time to a planet of the future. The planet appears to be inhabited by humans but in fact it is a world of robots. Io meets the Venus of the planet and falls in love at first sight. But, of course, the beautiful Venus is a robot too.
Io: Takane Fubuki
Venus of the planet: Hoshina Yuri
"Starlight Express" AC/DC
"Starlight Express" Engine of Love
Chapter 3 "A Planet of Passion"
Alvireo travels to an unknown world. He meets a captive, a beautiful girl called Europa. Alvireo Sets her free. The people of the planet pursue the couple. Europa steps in front of Alvireo to protect him and is killed.
Alvireo: Ichiro Maki
Europa; Hanafusa Mari
"El Camino" Gipsy Kings
"Trista Pena" Gipsy Kings
"Vamos A Bailar" Gipsy Kings
Chapter 4 "Planet of Freedom"
Calisot becomes the king of an ancient town in the midst of a thick jungle on another planet. Calisto starts behaving like a super star. But another king called Kong arrives and he soon becomes more popular than Calisto and poor Calisto soon finds himself alone. His old friends rescue him from the depths of despair. Alvireo and Io come to take Calisto to Sagittarius, their home planet.
Alvireo; Ichiro Maki
Io: Takane Fubuki
Calisto; ((Todoroki Yuu)
"We are Great Kings"
Chapter 5 "The Galaxy Finale"
The Takarazuka Chorus Line appears as Pegasus flying bravely over the Galaxy. The stars sing romantic solos on the Takarazuka grand staircase. The entire troupe bids a fond farewell until next time to their faithful fans in a grand promenade.
The Starman S; Ichiro Maki
The Starwoman S; Hanafusa Mari
The Starman 1; Takane Fubuki
The Starman 2: Todoroki Yuu
The Starman 3; Kouju Tatsuki
Etoile; Shu Michiru
"Need I Say More" Sissel Kyrkjebo
- This is the top star debut for Hanafusa Mari, and marked the beginning of her 12-year top star era.
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