|NAKAMURA KANZABURď XVII|
Real name: Namino Seiji
Line number: J█SHICHIDAIME (XVII)
Existence: 29 July 1909 ~ 16 April 1988
Grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Father: Nakamura Karoku III
Father-in-law: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI
November 1916: first stage appearance, at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Yonekichi III, playing in the drama "Hanakawado Uwasa no Manaita".
October 1927: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817; Yonekichi plays the role of Yoshida Matsuwaka [casting].
October 1929: Nakamura Yonekichi III takes the name of Nakamura Moshio IV at the Meijiza.
January 1950: Nakamura Moshio IV takes the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘. This prestigious Edo zamoto name has not been holden since 1875. The new Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I, Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari and the Nakamuraza's zamoto in "J˘ran Saruwaka-mai", "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari" and "Kaozoroi Yagura no Nigiwai". Kanzabur˘'s stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX, Morita Kan'ya XIV, Nakamura Shikan VI, Onoe Sh˘roku II, Onoe Baik˘ VII, ďtani Tomoemon VII, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII, Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII, Ichikawa Omez˘ IV, Sawamura Tossh˘ IV, Nakamura Matagor˘ II, Nakamura Fukusuke VII, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII, Ichimura Uzaemon XVI, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II and Ichikawa Sansh˘ V.
May 1950: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza with the troupe led by his brother Nakamura Kichiemon I; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Kasugaya Tokijir˘ in the drama "Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki" (the role of Urazato is played by Nakamura Shikan VI).
December 1950: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrates their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Toyotomi Hideyori, Hayano Kanpei, Omiwa and the tamaya Yonekichi in "Nij˘-j˘ no Kiyomasa", "Ochiudo" (the role of Okaru is played by Nakamura Shikan VI), "Mikasayama Goten" and "Tamaya".
October 1951: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrates their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Yogor˘/ch˘kichi, Shigaraki Tar˘, Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari, Togashi Saemon and Hayano Kanpei in "Sum˘ba", "Moritsuna Jin'ya", "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari", "Kanjinch˘" (the roles of Benkei and Yoshitsune are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III) and "Ochiudo" (the role of Okaru is played by Nakamura Utaemon VI).
July 1953: premiere at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ukifune"; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Niou-no-Miya [casting]. Revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Songokű [casting].
July 1954: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" as part of a regular Kabuki program; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Kawazu Sabur˘ Sukeyasu and the spirit of the male mandarin duck [more details].
June ~ July 1960: Kanzabur˘ takes part in the first Kabuki tour in the USA; He plays the roles of Togashi, Sawaichi, En'ya Hangan, Yamakage Uky˘, Tar˘kaja and Jirozaemon in the dramas "Kanjinch˘", "Tsubosaka Reigenki", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" "Migawari Zazen", "Takatsuki" and "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" [casting].
June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of Shuten D˘ji [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Kanzabur˘ plays the role of the playwright Namiki Sh˘z˘ [casting].
May 1964: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "Bukaku Setsugekka"; Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of the spirit of the cherry blossoms, the insect and the snowman [casting].
October 1965: first Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in West Berlin at the Der Freien VolksbŘhne (2~8 october), in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de l'OdÚon (15~24 october) and in Lisbonne at the Teatro SŃo Luis (29~31 october); Kanzabur˘ plays the roles of Shunkan, K˘ no Moron˘ and Yayoi in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and the dance "Kagami Jishi" [more details].
January 1988: Kanzabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, where he plays the role of Shunkan in the drama "Shunkan"; he falls ill and has to be replaced from the 9th of January by his son Nakamura Kankur˘.
16th April 1988: Kanzabur˘ dies in T˘ky˘.
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII's best roles: Shunkan ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari ("Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari"), the hairdresser Shinza ("Kamiyui Shinza"), Sodehagi ("Sodehagi Saimon"), Sawaichi ("Tsubosaka Reigenki").
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII was the first of this line to be an actor without being a zamoto.
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII playing the role of Tabakoya Genshichi in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"
The Nakamura Yonekichi line of actors
The Nakamura Moshio line of actors
The Nakamura Kanzabur˘ line of actors and theater managers
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