matataku_hoshi: (Mizu/Tonami "Zorro")
Ha, I am being *good* and not letting myself get any farther in my trip write-ups (including ♥♥♥ Micchan's ochakai ♥♥♥) until I get caught up on reviewing the shows I've seen up to this point. And given that I have other things I was supposed to do tonight...
Thoughts underneath the cut )
I saw the morning performance on November 27th, which I guess was the final day for that particular role combination? Chigi and Koma gave a very cute speech about "If you liked this, come see us at the Nippon Seinenkan!" <3

P.S. Does anyone have any idea when rehearsals for the next yukigumi Daigekijou show start?
matataku_hoshi: (Micchan "stars")
Since I've gotten home, I haven't managed to get any work done on my grad school admissions essays. And yet I seem to have found the time to finish my Casablanca review AND write a Christmas card to Micchan >.> For the record, I went into this show thinking of it as "Takarazuka Does Casablanca." I don't think anyone could be Humphrey Bogart, etc. so I tried to think of this "Casablanca" as a completely different animal.

 

The Bad )

 

 

The Good )

 

 

Cast Rundown )

 

So in conclusion…no, it’s not an absolutely perfect show. But I really, really love it anyway, and I really recommend that everyone see it

 
matataku_hoshi: (Tsukigumi family)
Okay, now that I have that particular bit of drama out of the way, I went to see MiiMai on Sunday! 

 

 

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.

 
matataku_hoshi: (Aran Kei)
Because it was senshuraku, everyone got a penlight when they entered the theater, along with instructions to wave it during a certain part during the finale.  It was red and said “Le Rouge et le Noir.”  I love these sorts of things *g*  I was a bit surprised since I thought it only happened at a top star’s sayonara show, but I’m certainly not complaining.  Apparently the Tokyo branch of Touko’s club organized it ^^ 

Warning: Spoilers contained within! 

 

matataku_hoshi: (Micchan and Tacchin in The Second Life)


Eeep, didn't mean to come across so negatively.  Sora is a very talented troupe, and I think they did their best with the material they were given.
matataku_hoshi: (Tonami Princess)

I went back to Kimi wo Aishiteru/Mirroirs last night.  This isn't really a review, but I have some notes anyway.


In other news, there was a flyer for Singin’ in the Rain (not the final version, obviously).  Ume-chan was still listed as the lead.  I would guess that it was printed post-Ume’s accident, so knock on wood this means that she’s hopefully still going to be the musumeyaku lead.  There was also a picture of Tani in the Don Lockwood coat (looking good ^^) as well as a couple of Tani and Ume.  I’m not sure if the latter were from the hoshigumi production, though.
matataku_hoshi: (Tonami Princess)
From some of the comments I had heard about this show, I was expecting it to be really bad.  Maybe it was the result of low expectations, but I enjoyed “Je t’aime” a lot.  It’s not Kimura Shinji’s best work, but at the same time it was a very fun hour and a half at the theater.

 

 

Yukigumi fans will really enjoy Je t’aime/Miroirs when it comes out on DVD.  Je t’aime isn’t the best play ever, but it was much better than I thought it would be.  Miroirs is a really great revue that I recommend for everyone.  Regardless, both halves demonstrate how strong yukigumi is right now.  Now please look at the pretty mirrors while I go steal Kimu for tsuki.

…what?

matataku_hoshi: (Aran Kei)
So last night I decided to drown my woes about Takarazuka by…watching more Takarazuka at the Tokyo Theater.  (Okay, actually I had bought the ticket over a month before.  It just happened to work out well ^^)

On a random hoshigumi related note, I have a hunch that a star-track otokoyaku is going to be transferred into tsukigumi within the next year.  If this is the case, I wonder if one of these could be Tatsuki You or Suzumi Shio, given that they weren’t promoted after Wataru left?  Or are those two off the top star track at this point?

matataku_hoshi: (Shirosaki Ai "summer dream")

Seito )

In closing, I think you guys know by now where my loyalties lie in tsukigumi.  Despite that, I thought that Hollywood Lover was definitely the better of the two tsukigumi shows that came to the Nippon Seinenkan this January.  Just uh, don’t tell the Kiriyan cultists that I said that -_-;;;;

Yuuhi fans, you definitely need this one.  Tsukigumi fans, I highly recommend it.  Even if you’re not a particularly big fan of either, I still really recommend Hollywood Lover.  Really, I can’t think of any complaints.

matataku_hoshi: (Asako "angst")
I went back to A-"R"ex last night and I thought I would post my impressions from the second time around.

 

Asako )

 

matataku_hoshi: (Micchan in Graph)

WARNING: Here be lots of spoilers, so read at your own risk.  Also, my Japanese is only so-so and I’m doing this from memory, so I apologize if I make any mistakes or if things are out of order.  Not to mention the rambly-ness.  Gomen… -_-; You might want to first read the translation of the Japanese summary that Julie did on the TakaWiki. 

 


Because this has gotten so long and rambly I'm going to do my actual review in the next post. 
matataku_hoshi: (Tonami Princess)
I should be taking care of some e-mails.  I should be cleaning my apartment since I have a friend coming in tomorrow from out of town.  Instead, I'm writing my review of Silver Rose Chronicle, which I saw tonight.

my review )

I went into this show without knowing a whole lot about it and a lot of things were pleasant surprises.  From now on, I want to do this as much as possible.  I think I ruined my initial viewing of Mahoroba for myself by going into it knowing too much (I bought the Le Cinq, the Daigekijou program, read other people's reviews, listened to some of the music...) From now on I think I'm going to try to limit myself to the TakaWiki summary and maybe a few promotional pics.

I went to Kiriyan demachi at the Tokyo Gekijou afterwards.  According to my fellow cultists, Asako, Kiriyan, and a bunch of other tsukigumi-sei went to see the show on Wednesday (when they had a day off).  *grumble* I could have had a Kiriyan sighting if I went yesterday.  Oh well, at least by going tonight I got to go to demachi afterwards...
matataku_hoshi: (Asa and Mihoko in The Magician's Melanch)
So I saw this show once about a week ago.  At the time I was really tired and honestly, probably over-hyped.  I was also coming down with a cold.  The result is that I didn't enjoy it very much, which was pretty disappointing since I'm such a big tsukigumi fan and had been looking forward to this so much.

I decided to give the show another chance.  Well, not like I couldn't since I already had bought tickets, but you get the idea.  I'm happy to say that while Mahoroba/Magician no Yuutsu is not my Favorite Show Ever, I had a much more positive experience.

matataku_hoshi: (Sexy Tani)

Okay, need to start moving.  Coming up in part three: Becca visits the Salon de Takarazuka museum.
matataku_hoshi: (Kiriyan muffin)

There are it seems still a few tickets left for the final performance on Friday.  The temptation to call in sick to work is...highly, highly, tempting, but unfortunately it would make me feel like an ass and I'd rather be on my school's good side.  Luckily for me I'm going back Thursday ^_^

Demachi details to follow sometime later today.<input ... ></input><input ... >
 

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