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    Posted: 30 Aug 2012 at 7:06am
figured I'd make one topic to compile all my ramblings on this, rather that litter the music topics with hourly posts, or derail topics to discuss music.
 
I'm going to start with a very old love of mine. The Takarazuka Theatre Troupe. A Japanese company, in which all roles are played by females broken into two categories: "Male" actresses and "Female" actresses (Occasionally, "Male" Actresses will play 'strong' female roles).
 
One of the first plays of theirs I ever saw videos of was Elisabeth ~Ai to Shi no Rondo~ (Adapted from the Austrian play based on Franz Josef's wife, Elisabeth). It immediately became my absolute Favourite.
 
They have made - to date - about seven versions of it (Not including Bow Hall productions, which are basically a sort of amateur production for newer/low-'caste' actresses to show off their talents)
 
Elisabeth suffers a fall as a young girl and dies. Death (Mizu Natsuki) falls in love and sends her back to the living world, promising to one day win her love.
 
Death (Shizuki Asato) returns to Elisabeth after her marriage to Franz Josef, again vowing to win her love. (Mari Hanafusa is playing Elisabeth here. She is considered the 'queen' of Takarazuka, and is without a doubt my favourite Elisabeth. She also played the role twice)
 
Death (Asaji Saki [one of my favourites]) tries to lure Elisabeth to commit suicide after an argument over the way her son, Rudolf is being raised. She declines, and says she will remain strong and not rely on death. (also includes Franz Josef apologising to Elisabeth, and while she accepts, she resolutely stands her ground to not be subservient to him or anyone. Death gets his two bits in as well)
 
Death (Mizu Natsuki) persuades Rudolf to rebel against his father.
 
Death (Mizu Natsuki) lures Rudolf, into commiting suicide.
 
Death (Haruno Sumire [MY death]) greets Elisabeth after her long life. She thanks him for letting her live it out, and accepts his love.
 
Another version of the ending (With Shizuki Asato), as it shows the murder scene.
 
Haruno Sumire during the Revue. They usually have several dances with the big stars before a final curtain call.
 
I realise a lot of these videos are one death (Mizu Natsuki), but Youtube was really cleaned out.
 
That's it for to-day, but I'll probably do more Takarazuka. I'm also going to bring up music from all countries, not just Japan/Korea, though - since they're the easiest to acess - they'll probably be the most common.
 
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Here's the theme to Bonanza, done in German.
 
 
 
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Mexican thrash band Tierra Acida (Acid Soil)



They had a very brief career, never went international.  The guitarists Rodrigo & Gabriela did, however, as an acoustic duet. 



I posted a live version of the song because watching them play is just as impressive as hearing them.






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A little Haruno Sumire Love to-day.
 
Tap Dancing to Beethoven...'nough said.
 
Haruno with Ootori Rei, who also played Elisabeth.
 
A little traditional/period bit.
 
Haruno singing a song from Phantom!. She played Eric in the Flower Troupe version.
 
Playing Hikaru Genji. Quite a lovely performance.
 
Going on a bit of a "Western Asia" spree...expect some of that.
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Okay, I'm reviving this....and with another Japanese artist...I know, I know!

Minako Honda started out as an Idol singer (Think OLivia Newton John, Britney Spears, early Madonna, and similar. Sexy barely legal girls to sing fluff songs while looking pretty and being risque). She then moved onto theatre, staring in Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, etc. Finally, she made the foray into Opera. Sadly, she died from Leukemia at the very young age of 38.

Bits and pieces from all over her career.





Minako is in the white. Mao Daichi (Former Takarazuka 'male' actress) is in black, and the guy is Kei Kobayashi).









I always get emotional listening to her these days.
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