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27 April 2011 @ 10:47 am
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So just the other day a friend told me she'd given Ueda Keiko-sensei her last lesson at my old English school.

Among other things, they talked about play-writing of course (my friend is interested in script-writing) and Keiko-sensei said she was writing an original play for October.

I was like, what, she's doing Man in the Iron Mask, that's not original.

But now it turns out she's also writing the next Sora show -- which is immediately after Yukigumi o_O;;

I wonder what it's like to be a Takarazuka playwright? More specifically, I wonder what it's like with all of these revivals the company is doing? I assume that, like, the playwrights get paid less when they're just directing a not writing a new script, which is why the company is reviving so many shows...

And I mean, I know that many of them do work outside of Takarazuka too. I never did get to see that show Kodama-sensei gave me a chirashi for :\

But like, Koike-sensei for example seems to be doing big-name stuff on a constant basis... How long will his reign last, I wonder? It does seem like Ueda Shinji has mostly been phased out, thank god... *laughs* Wouldn't it be great if they just stopped doing Berubaras after he retired? (Yeah, right.)

Actually, I keep wondering about the 100th anniversary, too... Will it be a year of revivals, extravagant new shows, both -- some percentage of one more than the other?

Although I'll admit I'm curious as to how exactly Koike is going to pull off Ocean's 11, I'm already tired of stage & film adapting each other endlessly (I mean this in a general sense -- there are tons of movie-based musicals on Broadway as well). I'd much rather playwrights adapt under-appreciated novels than high-profile films.

...That, and I want my Princess Bride musical. >.> *contemplates fantasy cast*
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quinquinquinquin on April 27th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Finishing off that post with a wish for a musical adapted from a movie was a bit unexpected. ;-)

I'm sort of hoping that they will do the original Mon Paris for the 100th anniversary (as far as that would be possible to recreate.) Just for a chance to see how they have developed from there.
Juliewao_wao on April 27th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
I did tack it onto the end that way for humorous effect ;) But Princess Bride was a book first!! The book came long before the movie!! And actually, when I say "I want this musical" I mean "Adam Guettel was writing the musical and then there were differences of opinion between him and William Goldman and they axed the project" ;_______;

Hmm. I wonder what a 100th anniversary Mon Paris would be like...
Becca: Yumiko muffin_song on April 27th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)

It does seem like Ueda Shinji has mostly been phased out, thank god... *laughs* Wouldn't it be great if they just stopped doing Berubaras after he retired? (Yeah, right.)

Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing someone else trying to do BeruBara. I don't hate the concept, I just hate the way it's been executed endless numbers of times. I'm a little worried they're going to pull him out of retirement one last time for 2014 -_-

...That, and I want my Princess Bride musical. >.> *contemplates fantasy cast*

YES PLEASE. And in fact, it's really a good idea. (For some reason the first thing that sprang to mind was us playing Humperdinck ^^;;;) There are a ton of star track otokoyaku-esque roles in that show. I wonder though, how popular was The Princess Bride in Japan? Did all of the humor translate?

But now, the real question is...who would you get to play the priest and do the whole "Wuv" speech? XD
Juliewao_wao on April 27th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I just wish they would not do a single Berubara for a good, full 10 years before dragging it out again. But it's much more likely that they'll use the centennial to reinvent the masterpiece :P

I don't think people know Princess Bride in Japan, like when I told people it was my favorite movie no one knew what I was talking about. Not even everyone in America knows of it. But the downside is there are like *no* female roles other than the lead and, like, old ladies :\ In my head I started creating a lady-in-waiting role for Buttercup okay, I admit, I casted the whole thing out yesterday

*edits* So in answer to your question -- in my cast Chiya-nee is Vizzini, and since he dies halfway through, Chiya-nee can come back to play the priest :)

Edited at 2011-04-27 06:22 pm (UTC)
Becca: Kiriyan muffin_song on April 27th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Not even everyone in America knows of it.

I find this deeply disturbing. Are we just getting really old???? D:

And for Vizzini...hmm. Chiyane would be good. So would Susshii. And then there's the issue of who plays Miracle Max... Can I have your full cast list? :D

Juliewao_wao on April 27th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)

But Susshii = Miracle Max = yes. Argh I don't have time to post the full cast before I leave. I'll, uh, text you? >.>
rachpenarachpena on April 27th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Tellychan: lovesailortelevator on April 27th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've been throwing thoughts about this around in my head a lot lately too, I'm kinda looking forward to what kind of shows we'll get for 2014. ^___^ I hope they give us a good mix between old and new shows! :D It does feel like we'll get both Elisabeth and Berubara, or maybe some ScaPi or RomiJuri since they seem to be well on their way to becoming re-curring shows. ^__^
rachpenarachpena on April 27th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
OMG!!!! Princess Bride YES YES YES
happy_riceball on April 28th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I demand your fantasy cast for The Princess Bride musical.
gummicalgummical on April 28th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)

I want to know your fantasy cast :D