Our second trip to Takarazuka was for a play based off the classic “Beauty and the Beast”; seen here is Mr. Tiger (the parallel to Lumiere from the Disney movie) first appearing in front of Belle.
As a way to celebrate being able to stay in Japan, Nicky, Erin and I all went to Takarazuka a couple of weeks ago to see a rendition of Beauty and the Beast, with a theme of “One.” I think the play was alright. It could be because I really liked the Disney version of this story and was attached to the characters and the way they were presented in that version, but, in general, I think the translation of the plot was pretty weak, and there was literally no character development.
One of the things I found annoying was that Belle and the Beast just sort of... fell in love. There wasn’t any real trigger for it; they just did. In any case, the play was sort of weak, but it was made up for by a brilliant after show: the man attraction- flare and cancans, sparkles and sequins- in essence, the flamboyance that has made Takarazuka famous throughout the world. We got to see dancing unicorns in space, Uncle Sam whip women in cat suits, flamenco, down on their luck gamblers hitting the jackpot, among other wildly lit-up performances. It was a blast, and at one point, our row was laughing so hard that everyone else in the theatre could hear us.
I’m looking forward to going to see the Phantom of the Opera show later this year!