Last weekend, my wife and I attended a Takarazuka Revue Company show titled Floating Bridge of Dreams / Apasionado!! by the Moon troupe. It was an excellent show, very entertaining and colorful – the first show was a musical drama as based on the Tales of the Genji and the second was like a broadway-style musical. We actually went with 5 ladies visiting Tokyo from a Takarazuka fan club based in Los Angeles, California in the US.
The Takarazuka Revue Company is a women-only musical performance troupe with both male and female roles played by women – it is the only theatrical company in the world made up of female actors only. They have a wide variety of program genres such as broadway-style musicals, revues, period dramas and shows. It was formed 95 years ago in Takarazuka City of Hyogo Prefecture and the name also is taken from the city which is also its home base. Overwhelmingly popular among women, the company is generally called “Takarazuka” for short.
The distinctive characteristics of the Takarazuka are its colorful costumes, bright makeup, and spectacular stage productions. The troupe is divided into 5 separate groups, “Flower”, “Moon”, “Snow”, “Star,” and “Cosmos,” and a leading duo (one playing the male role, the other playing the female role) is selected for each. A grand staircase with 26 steps stands right in the center of the stage and the climax begins when the lead star starts descending it.
The show we attended was held at the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater in Ginza, Tokyo.
Obviously, you can’t take pictures inside the theater during the performance so I just took a picture of this flower arrangement in the theater lobby before the show.
A good source of information about Takarazuka is the Takarazuka Wikipedia.