NAKAMURA GENZAEMON II

Stage names:

Nakamura Genzaemon II
Nakamura Sukegor˘ IV
Nakamura Sanzaemon V
Nakamura Nakasuke IV

Real name: Morinaga Renma

Guilds:

Nakamuraya
Sengokuya (during the Sukegor˘ years)

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 11 April 1934 ~ 20 October 2006

Connections:

Masters: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Career:

March 1955: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and makes his first stage appearance, at the Meijiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Nakasuke IV.

July 1964: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Sanzaemon V at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Narita Fusamoto in the drama "Onna Shibaraku".

April 1976: Nakamura Sanzaemon V takes the long-forgotten name of Nakamura Sukegor˘ IV at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of a palanquin-bearer and a taiko mochi in "Suzu-ga-Mori" and "Iyasakae Shibai no Nigiwai".

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Sukegor˘ plays the role of Kitahachi [casting].

16 April 1988: his master Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII dies.

March 2005: he joins the first league of Kabuki actors ("kanbu sh˘shin") and takes the name of Nakamura Genzaemon II [1] at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Yatsurugi Kageyu in the drama "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari".

April 2006: Genzaemon appears on stage for the last time, in Shibuya (T˘ky˘) at the Theatre Cocoon, playing the roles of Yotsuya Samon, Osen and Akagaki Denz˘ in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

20 October 2006: Genzaemon dies, victim of a cancer of the esophagus.

Comments:

Nakamura Genzaemon II [1] was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor. His most notable roles were Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" and Takuetsu in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan". He often performed supporting roles in duo with Nakamura Shirogor˘ VII.

[1] This was a long-forgotten name, which was first used by the Kamigata actor Nakamura Genzaemon I, who started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I's disciple Nakamura Sen'ya I and became a playwright named Takagi Richű. He had an adopted son, Nakamura Genjűr˘, who was the master of Nakamura Utaemon I.

The Nakamura Nakasuke line of actors

The Nakamura Sukegor˘ line of actors

 
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