MARCH 2004

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre), 1 in Ky˘to (Minamiza), 1 in Komatsu (Komatsu Geijutsu Gekij˘), 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza) and 1 tour (Zenshinza)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 2 ~ 26 March 2004 (Sangatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Meiboku Sendai Hagi

  • Hanamizubashi
  • Take-no-Ma
  • Goten
  • Yukashita
  • Fuji Musume

    Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai (Ninokuchi-mura)

    Evening

    Genroku Chűshingura (ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi)

    Dattan

    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura

  • Ko-no-Mi
  • Kokingo Uchijini
  • Sushiya
  • Casting

    Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Kataoka Nizaemon, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘, Nakamura Kaishun, Nakamura Shikan, Ichikawa Sadanji, Kataoka Gat˘, Kataoka Takatar˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku, Kataoka Ainosuke, Band˘ Kichiya, Nakamura T˘z˘, Ichikawa Omez˘, Ichikawa Danz˘, Onoe Matsusuke, ďtani Tomoemon, Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘, Kataoka Kamez˘, Ichikawa Komaz˘, Matsumoto Kingo, Sawamura Tetsunosuke, Nakamura Tamatar˘

    Comments

    The 2 highlights of this program are the jidaimono "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", with the good nurse Masaoka (Onoe Kikugor˘) confronting the evil Yashio (Ichikawa Danshir˘), and the 3 scenes of the 3rd act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", with Kataoka Nizaemon in the role of Igami no Gonta. Here is the casting for the main roles in the main plays:

    plays Roles Actors
    Meiboku Sendai Hagi Masaoka Onoe Kikugor˘
      Yashio Ichikawa Danshir˘
      Nikki Danj˘ Matsumoto K˘shir˘
      Arajishi Otokonosuke Nakamura Tomijűr˘
      Yorikane Nakamura Kaishun
      Sakae Gozen Nakamura Shikan
      Okinoi Nakamura Tokiz˘
      Matsushima Onoe Kikunosuke
      Taniz˘ Onoe Sh˘roku
    Fuji Musume The wisteria maiden Nakamura Shikan
    Ninokuchi-mura Chűbŕ, Magoemon Kataoka Nizaemon
      Umegawa Nakamura Jakuemon
    Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura Igami no Gonta Kataoka Nizaemon
      Osato Kataoka Takatar˘
      Yasuke, Koremori Nakamura Baigyoku
      Kokingo Kataoka Ainosuke
      Kosen Kataoka Hidetar˘
      Yazaemon Band˘ Kichiya
      Kajiwara Ichikawa Sadanji
      Wakaba-no-Naishi Nakamura T˘z˘
    Minamiza (Ky˘to)
    Dates 8 ~ 21 March 2004 (Band˘ Tamasabur˘ Tokubetsu Buy˘ K˘en)
    Program

    Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura

    Kishű D˘j˘ji

    Casting

    Band˘ Tamasabur˘

    Comments

    A great dance program starring Band˘ Tamasabur˘ in two unusual d˘j˘jimono.

    National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
    Dates 4 ~ 26 March 2004
    Program

    Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie

    Casting

    Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku, Ichikawa Kamejir˘

    Comments

    A great women-only revenge play. The roles of Iwafuji, Onoe and Ohatsu are played by Nakamura Kanjaku, Nakamura Senjaku and Ichikawa Kamejir˘. This is the first time for these 3 young and talented actors to perform these important roles!

    Komatsu Geijutsu Gekij˘ (Komatsu)
    Dates 20 ~ 21 March 2004 (Sh˘chiku ďkabuki)
    Program

    Kotobuki Shiki Sanbas˘

    Kanjinch˘

    Casting

    Ichikawa Danjűr˘, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Shibajaku, Band˘ Shűch˘, Kataoka Ichiz˘, Ichikawa Unosuke, Ichimura Kakitsu

    Comments

    Prestigious opening ceremony for a new theater, which is located in the city of Komatsu in the prefecture of Ishikawa, close to the Ataka road-block, where the action of the drama "Kanjinch˘" takes place.

    Zenshinza Tour in Kyűshű
    Dates 10 ~ 31 March 2004
    Program

    Yuki Matsuri Gonin Sanbas˘

    Narukami

    Casting

    Arashi Keishi, Kawarasaki Kunitar˘, Fujikawa Yanosuke, Yamazaki Ryűnosuke, Yamazaki Tatsusabur˘

    Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
    Dates 6 ~ 29 March 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.

     
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