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Performance Date(s): Nov. 10, 2005

Playwright/Director: Yokozawa Hideo
Japanese Dance Choreographers: Asuka Mineo, Asuka Sakon
Western Dance Choreographers: Okuyama Kazuko, Rei Mika

Cast

Daiki Makoto, Wakaki Shiho, Kitahara Saori, Takase Mao

Also: Asaka Sakurako, Minazuki Jun, Hinami Aki, Moegi Kawana, Morino Konoka, Kiryuu Asaya, Ryou Chihaya, Orihara Arisa, Harusaki Tomoka, Misago Mari, Takashiro Yuuki, Sawaka Rin, Makina Kotori, Kaai Kokoro, Hiramatsu Sari, Katsuragi Keito, Aoto Jun, Otozumi Keshiki, Kotono Mairi, Suzumine Yui, Ayazuki Ayaka

Summary

Act 1: From the North, From the South ... Festival Fantasy

The Japanese-style half of the performance. Featuring dance skits based on two tales from Yoshitsune's life, and a variety of matsuri festival-style dances.

Scene 1: Prologue
Scene 2: Benkei and Ushiwakamaru
Scene 3: Yoshitsune and Shizuka
Scene 4: Festival Fantasy A "Echu-ohara-bushi"
Scene 5: Festival Fantasy B "Akita Ondo"
Scene 6: Festival Fantasy C "Hyousumi Uta"
Scene 7: Festival Fantasy D "Matsuri no Uta"
Scene 8: Festival Fantasy E "Tenjin Matsuri"
Scene 9: Autumn For Two
Scene 10: Sakura Bolero

Act 2: Jumping in the Autumn Sky!

The Western-style half of the performance.

Scene 1: Dancing in Autumn
Scene 2: Jumping in the Autumn Sky!
Scene 3: Dream of the Jazzmen
Scene 4: Voodoo
Scene 5: Samba
Scene 6: Black and White (A)
Scene 7: Black and White (B)
Scene 8: Singing New York
Scene 9: White Line
Scene 10: New York Lovers
Scene 11: New York Guys
Scene 12: Dancing (A)
Scene 13: Dancing (B)
Scene 14: Sing Sing Sing
Scene 15: Finale (Parade)

Review

I really enjoyed both acts of this show. I think it's rather cool that a musumeyaku got to play Ushiwaka, and dancing with swords and things is always fun. All of the festival fantasy numbers were colorful and upbeat and fun -- it's hard to pick a favorite. Though I loved B & C for their energy and fun songs, and I thought D was very sweet. I loved the costumes for the Sakura Bolero number.

The Voodoo dance in the second act was really fun -- I wish it had been longer. The Black and White dance in pinstripe suits was just cool. Takase Mao's version of "New York State of Mind" during scene 8 was lovely, and the line dance that followed it is one of my favorite line dances ever.

One problem I did have with the second act of this show was that the singing was rather... bad. But the dancing more than made up for that!



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