MAY 2004

5 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, Shinbashi Enbuj˘, NHK Hall), 2 in Ky˘to (Minamiza) and 1 tour (Nakamuraya)!

Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ and Nakamura Shikan perform at the Kabukiza!

The Zenshinza troupe performs at the National Theatre!

Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe performs at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 May 2004 (Gogatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Shiki Sanbas˘

Shibaraku

Momijigari

Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba

Evening

Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi (Ageya)

K˘j˘

Kanjinch˘

Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa
(Sakanaya S˘gor˘)

Casting

Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Shikan, Nakamura Shibajaku, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Tokiz˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Kaishun, Ichikawa Sadanji, Sawamura Tanosuke, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Ichikawa Danshir˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘, Nakamura T˘z˘

Comments

This amazing program celebrates the first month of the shűmei of Ichikawa Ebiz˘.

Here is the casting for the main roles in the main plays:

plays Roles Actors
Shiki Sanbas˘ Okina Nakamura Baigyoku
  Sanbas˘ Onoe Sh˘roku
  Senzai Nakamura Shibajaku
Shibaraku Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa Ichikawa Ebiz˘
  Kiyohara no Takehira Nakamura Tomijűr˘
  Kamo Jir˘ Yoshitsuna Nakamura Shikan
  Kashima Nyűd˘ Shinsai Band˘ Mitsugor˘
  Katsura-no-Mae Nakamura Shibajaku
  Teruha Nakamura Tokiz˘
  Narita Gor˘ Ichikawa Sadanji
Momijigari Princess Sarashina / the ogress Onoe Kikugor˘
  The Mountain God Onoe Kikunosuke
  Taira no Koremochi Nakamura Baigyoku
Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba Fukuoka Mitsugi Ichikawa Danjűr˘ (replaced by Nakamura Baigyoku from the 10th)
  Manno Nakamura Shikan
  Okon Nakamura Kaishun
  Kisuke Ichikawa Ebiz˘
  Oshika Sawamura Tanosuke
Ageya Miyagino Nakamura Tokiz˘
  Shinobu Onoe Kikunosuke
  Daikokuya S˘roku Nakamura Tomijűr˘
Kanjinch˘ Benkei Ichikawa Danjűr˘ (replaced by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ from the 10th)
  Togashi Ichikawa Ebiz˘
  Yoshitsune Onoe Kikugor˘
Sakanaya S˘gor˘ S˘gor˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘
  Isobe Kazuenosuke Ichikawa Ebiz˘
  Ohama Nakamura Shibajaku
  Sankichi Onoe Sh˘roku
  Onagi Onoe Kikunosuke
  Urato Jűzaemon Band˘ Hikosabur˘
Minamiza (Ky˘to)
Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2004 (Minamiza Hanagata Kabuki)
MatinÚe

Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki (Kumagai Jin'ya)

Fuji Musume

Toribeyama Shinjű

Evening

Imay˘ Kasane Kesh˘ no Sugatami

Casting

Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukusuke, Kataoka Ainosuke, Ichikawa Kamejir˘

Comments

The 2 highlights are the third revival of the great ghost play "Imay˘ Kasane Kesh˘ no Sugatami", which was revived by Nakamura Hashinosuke and Nakamura Fukusuke for the first time in March 2001 at the National Theatre and for the second time at the Misonoza in April 2003, and Nakamura Hashinosuke's performance in the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane using the unusual kata created by Nakamura Shikan IV.

Shinbashi Enbuj˘ (T˘ky˘)
Dates 1 ~ 25 May 2004
Program Shin Sangokushi III
Casting

Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Shun'en, Ichikawa En'ya, Ichikawa Juen

Comments

Ichikawa Ennosuke's troupe of young and talented actors perform a modern style of theater, which they created a few years ago and called "Super Kabuki" (SűpÔ Kabuki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's lingo): it's spectacular (lots of chűnori), the costums are gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated, the music is modern, the texts are easy to understand and the plots are as twisted as a good Kabuki classic. Usually a big commercial success!

Ichikawa Ennosuke is on sick leave and does not perform in this production.

National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 13 ~ 23 May 2004 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
Program

Tsuma Moy˘ Okitsu Shiranami (Yakko no Koman)

Tomo Yakko

Casting

Nakamura Umenosuke, Arashi Keishi, Kawarazaki Kunitar˘, Nakamura Baijaku, Segawa Kikunoj˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Yamazaki Ky˘ka, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘

Comments

Rare revival by the Zenshinza troupe of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tsuma Moy˘ Okitsu Shiranami", commonly called "Yakko no Koman".

Nakamuraya Japan Tour
Dates 18 ~ 25 May 2004 (My˘seki Saigo no Shinroku Tokubetsu K˘en)
Program

Fuji Musume

Tomo Yakko

Sannin Renjishi

Casting

Nakamura Kankur˘, Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke

Comments

Short tour in several Japanese cities for the Nakamuraya guild, led by Nakamura Kankur˘ and his two sons Kantar˘ and Shichinosuke. The complicated tour title means "Special Public Performance for the last new green leaves of Spring under this Name", an allusion to the next year shűmei of Nakamura Kankur˘, who is expected to take the prestigious name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII. This special Spring tour is in fact his last performance in "Sannin Renjishi" under the Kankur˘ name.

NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
Dates 28 May 2004 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
Program

Kanadehon Chűshingura

  • Tepp˘ Watashi, Futatsudama
  • Kanpei Harakiri
  • Casting

    Onoe Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Sh˘roku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘, Onoe Matsusuke, Nakamura Kichinoj˘, Nakamura T˘z˘

    Comments

    31st edition of a yearly performance produced by the National TV network NHK. The program includes one ky˘gen, one Kabuki play, one traditional dance and traditional music.

     
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