( My thoughts under the cut )
To be completely honest, for all that I am excited that Kiriyan has become top, she hasn't become top of the troupe that I fell in love with three years ago. There are still people I love in tsukigumi, but the truth is I still feel the loss of many people I love (Eri-san, Sueko, Taki-san, Mihoko, Yuuhi, Ai-chan, etc).
At the same time I've waited a while for Kiriyan to be top, and I *want* to like her tsukigumi. I don't want to be so caught up in retirements and politics that I can't enjoy things any more.
Anyway, I still have Yukariko to watch, and I plan on buying Scarlet Pimpernel when it comes out <3
Anyway, a few comments on Elisabeth (because I feel the need to put in my two cents as well :P):
1) There has been a lot of discussion Kacha now that we've seen her in the white dress. Elisabeth starts out as a bit of a tomboy. She's supposed to be beautiful, but does she necessarily have to be regal the entire way through the show? I personally think that Kacha has enough of "the look", even if she's untraditional. Which brings me to my next point.
2) I love Elisabeth, but with the possible exception of the 2007 yukigumi version, all of the productions are basically the same. If tsukigumi is going to perform this show only two years after it was last performed, then I'm really not opposed to the idea of shaking things up. I'm interested to see what Kacha brings to the role. Of course, a "new" production of Elisabeth doesn't make the casting decisions in regards to Ai-chan and Shizuku any less of a slap in the face. But...I'm interested to see where this goes.
3) I've already posted about my feelings on Franz. That being said, Kiriyan's strength is making boring characters into interesting ones. And she can be especially good when tackling a challenge <3 Oh, and there will be a moustache. Kiriyan looks good in moustaches <333
4) Poor Ahi :( And um...what will the other two Rudolphs be doing when it's not their turn? My personal theory is that they will be revolutionaries, who ironically enough have more stage time than Rudolph. Will it be a three-way role rotation? And if that's the case, will Mirio have to learn three honkouen roles AND her probable shinko lead?
5) We haven't talked much about the other roles. I'm betting on Sonoka for Zeps and Ryuu for Max. My latest dream is for Ai-chan to play Madame Wolf. I would die, but I would die *very* happy. Also, "My Dear New Orleans" ends in Tokyo on April 26th. Elisabeth starts on May 22nd. Does this give Miho Keiko enough time to be Sophie? *looks around to make sure of not jinxing the idea by saying it out loud*
Okay, that was more than a few comments. I'm going to bed.
Before the show I was talking to a tsukigumi fan friend of mine. She said that there are some shows that she dreads having to see multiple times, but this isn’t one of them and that she was smiling the entire way through. I agree completely. If you have the opportunity, I really recommend seeing this one, regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of tsukigumi or any of the Takarasiennes involved.
I love the idea of Ai-chan playing Jackie. There's so few good roles for musumeyaku. I always love otokoyaku in drag, but it's nice to see a musumeyaku getting an opportunity. Mirio, I'm not as sure about. She seems alright enough (and admittedly I haven't seen much of her), but I worry about how she's leapfrogging over Morie, Maggie, and Masaki, who I like more.
Honestly, I would have rather seen Yuuhi or Kiriyan as Jackie seducing Asako in a negligee, but I'll take what I can get.
Can someone help convince me that John is a good role? Oh well, and least this way Kiriyan gets to propose to (hopefully) Taki-san.
Also, yay for Misa Noeru joining the cast! She does seem to have unofficially been adopted in tsukigumi these days, which makes me very happy :D