ÔSAKA KABUKIZA
   
Name Ôsaka Kabukiza
City Ôsaka
History

October 1932: opening of the Ôsaka Kabukiza in the district of Sennichimae.

January 1943: Bandô Tsurunosuke III took the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűrô IV at the Ôsaka Kabukiza.

January 1947: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" was revived at the Ôsaka Kabukiza, using a new script written by Kema Nanboku and entitled "Osaga Kaheiji"; it was staged in a special program commemorating the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Ganjirô I and celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Ganjirô II with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Hitotsuya Kaheiji Nakamura Baigyoku III
Kashiwaya Osaga Nakamura Ganjirô II
Hitotsuya Gohei Jitsukawa Enjaku II
Inden'ya Chôsaku Nakamura Komanosuke VII
Okiwa Nakamura Naritarô II

March 1951: Kataoka Gatô IV took the name of Kataoka Nizaemon XIII in Ôsaka at the Ôsaka Kabukiza. The kôjô was entitled "Eda-mo Sakaeru Midori no Matsushima". From the 15th of March, the matinée and evening programs were reversed. Below the details of the programs and the casting:

Programs Casting
Matinée:

(1) Ehon Taikôki
(2) Shigure no Kotatsu
(3) Gappô Anshitsu
(4) Gosho no Gorozô

Evening:

(1) Eda-mo Sakaeru Midori no Matsushima
(2) Akô Gishi Shinpan
(3) Yoshinogawa
(4) Ninokuchi-mura
Arashi Kichisaburô VII
Arashi Rikaku V
Arashi San'emon XI
Asao Okuyama VIII
Bandô Jusaburô III
Hayashi Mataichirô II
Ichikawa Jukai III
Ichikawa Kudanji III
Ichikawa Shinnosuke V
Ichikawa Sumizô VII
Jitsukawa Entarô IV
Kamimura Kichiya V
Kataoka Ainosuke V
Kataoka Hidekimi
Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Kataoka Roen V
Kataoka Takao
Kataoka Yoshihito
Matsumoto Kingo II
Nakamura Fukusuke V
Nakamura Ganjirô II
Nakamura Kasen II
Nakamura Naritarô II
Nakamura Tanetarô III
Nakamura Tokizô III
Nakamura Tomijűrô IV
Sawamura Tosshi VIII

July 1951: premiere at the Ôsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Minobe Iori Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Iori's wife Run Nakamura Ganjirô II
Iori's son Kyűya Bandô Tsurunosuke IV
Kyűya's wife Kiku Nakamura Senjaku II
Run's brother Kyűemon Nakamura Naritarô II
Shimojima Jin'emon Bandô Minosuke VI

("Jiisan Baasan" was also premiered in July 1951 in Tôkyô at the Kabukiza [casting])

October 1951: Matsumoto Kôshirô VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzaburô XVII celebrated their shűmei in Ôsaka at the Ôsaka Kabukiza.

May 1953: Nakamura Kashô II and Nakamura Shibajaku VI celebrated their shűmei in Ôsaka at the Ôsaka Kabukiza.

September 1953: premiere at the Ôsaka Kabukiza of the dance "Ryűko", starring Bandô Minosuke VI and Jitsukawa Enjirô II in the roles of the Dragon and the Tiger.

January 1955: premiere at the Ôsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Naniwa no Ashi", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Saemon Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Mayumi Nakamura Senjaku II
Yumihiko Jitsukawa Enjirô II
Fujiwara Yasukata Hayashi Mataichirô II
Maroya Arashi Kichisaburô VII

(a big thanks to Yoshiko-san, who has kindly provided us with the data)

November 1955: Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Bandô Yasosuke IV celebrated their shűmei in Ôsaka at the Ôsaka Kabukiza.

March 1956: Kataoka Gadô V and Kataoka Hidetarô II celebrated their shűmei in Ôsaka at the Ôsaka Kabukiza.

July 1956: premiere at the Ôsaka Kabukiza of the dance-drama "Uma Nusubito", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Akuta Bandô Minosuke VI
Rokubei Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Sunezô Jitsukawa Enjirô II

March 1958: last Kabuki program at the Ôsaka Kabukiza, made up of dramas like "Kirare Otomi", "Imayô Satsuma Uta", "Genta Kandô", "Ibaraki" and 1 act of "Genroku Chűshingura". The casting included the actors Ichikawa Jukai III, Kataoka Nizaemon XIII, Nakamura Tokizô III, Bandô Minosuke VI, Jitsukawa Enjirô II, Ôtani Tomoemon VII, Hayashi Mataichirô II, Bandô Kichiya II, Kataoka Takao, Kataoka Hidetarô II, Ichikawa Unosuke III, Kamimura Kichiya V, Nakamura Kasen II, Nakamura Naritarô II, Arashi Hinasuke X, Ichikawa Sumizô VII, Arashi Rikaku V, Arashi Kichisaburô VII, Onoe Kikujirô IV, Nakamura Kashô II, Arashi Minshi VI and Ichikawa Ichijűrô V.

April 1958: final performance at the Ôsaka Kabukiza (modern theatre). This theater definitively closed and its building became a department store.

The Ôsaka Kabukiza

 
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