June ~ July 1960: first Kabuki tour in the USA, in New York at the City Center (2~22 June), in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre (27 June~10 July) and in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House (12~16 July). Here are the plays and the casting:

plays Roles Actors
Kanjinch˘ Benkei Onoe Sh˘roku II
  Yoshitsune Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV
  Togashi Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
Tsubosaka Reigenki Sawaichi Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
  Osato Nakamura Utaemon VI
Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame Jirozaemon Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
  Yatsuhashi Nakamura Utaemon VI
Musume D˘j˘ji Hanako Nakamura Utaemon VI
Kanadehon Chűshingura En'ya Hangan Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
(act I ~ act IV) Moron˘ Onoe Sh˘roku II
  Yuranosuke Onoe Sh˘roku II
  Kaoyo Gozen Nakamura Utaemon VI
Migawari Zazen Yamakage Uky˘ Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
  Tamanoi Onoe Sh˘roku II
Takatsuki Tar˘kaja Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
  The princess Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV

July ~ August 1985: special Kabuki tour in the USA, which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII; 38 performances in New York (Metropolitan Opera House, 8~20 July), Washington (Kennedy Center, 23 July~4 August) and Los Angeles (UCLA Royce Hall, 7~11 August). This is the first time in Kabuki history that a shűmei is staged abroad. The 22nd July, the troupe enters Washington by boat via the Potomac river and parades from the wharf to the theater in traditional ceremony costums. Here are the programs (program A includes a k˘j˘) and the casting:

Program Plays Roles Actors
A Shibaraku Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa Ichikawa Danjűr˘
    Kamo no Jir˘ Kataoka Takao
    Katsura-no-Mae Nakamura Shibajaku
    Kiyohara no Takehira Onoe Sh˘roku II
    The priest Shinsai Onoe Tatsunosuke I
    Teruha Band˘ Tamasabur˘
    Kamo no Sabur˘ Band˘ Yasosuke
    Narita Gor˘ Ichikawa Sadanji
  Tachi Nusubito The thief Onoe Tatsunosuke I
    The countryman Band˘ Yasosuke
    The magistrate Ichikawa Sadanji
    T˘nai Onoe Sh˘kaku
  Kasane Yoemon Kataoka Takao
    Kasane Band˘ Tamasabur˘
B Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘ Princess Sakura Band˘ Tamasabur˘
    Gonsuke, Seigen Kataoka Takao
    Zangetsu Ichikawa Sadanji
    Nagaura Nakamura Mannoj˘
    Akugor˘ Band˘ Yasosuke
    Iozaki Nakamura Shibajaku
  Tsuchi-gumo Priest Chichű (in reality the spirit of the ground spider) Onoe Sh˘roku II
    Hirai Yasumasa Onoe Tatsunosuke I
    Minamoto Raik˘ Ichikawa Danjűr˘
    Watanabe Tsuna Ichikawa Sadanji
    Usui Sadamitsu Onoe Sh˘kaku
    Sakata Kintoki Ichikawa Ginnosuke
    Urabe Suetake Ichikawa Unosuke
    The medium Sakaki Band˘ Yasosuke
    Koch˘ Nakamura Shibajaku

April 1986: tour in South America, in Rio de Janeiro (1~3 April, Municipal Theatre), Brasilia (7~8 April, National Theatre), Sao Paulo (11~14 April, Sergio Caldosso Theatre) and Buenos Aires (18~21 April, San Martin Theater). The program is made up of "Kenuki", "Tachi Nusubito" and "Ninokuchi-mura". The troupe includes Nakamura Matagor˘ II, Sawamura Tanosuke, Band˘ Yasosuke, Ichimura Manjir˘ and Nakamura Matagor˘.

June ~ July 1990: Kabuki tour in the USA, 26 performances in Columbus (Ohio), San Antonio (Texas), Atlanta (Georgia), Indianapolis (Indiana), Iowa City (Iowa), Lincoln (Nebraska), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Costa Mesa (California), Los Angeles (California), Berkeley (California), Portland (Oregon) and Seattle (Washington). Here are the plays and the casting:

Plays Roles Actors
Migawari Zazen Yamakage Uky˘ Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX
  Tamanoi Nakamura Kichiemon
  Tar˘kaja Nakamura Kash˘
Narukami Saint Narukami Nakamura Kichiemon
  Princess Taema Nakamura Kotar˘ V

July 2004: Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, the first tour for this troupe abroad, in Boston (8~10 July, Cutler Majestic Theatre), New York City (17~25 July, Lincoln Center) and Washington DC (28 July, Warner Theater). "Natsu Matsuri" is staged in New York City, while the dances "B˘ Shibari" and "Renjishi" are staged in Boston and Washington DC. Here are the plays and the casting:

Plays Roles Actors
Natsu Matsuri Danshichi Kurobŕ, Tokubŕ's wife Otatsu Nakamura Kankur˘
  Issun Tokubŕ Nakamura Hashinosuke
  Tsuribune Sabu Band˘ Yajűr˘
  Mikawaya Giheiji Sasano Takashi
  Danshichi's wife Okaji Nakamura Senjaku
  The keisei Kotoura Nakamura Shichinosuke
  ďshima Sagaemon Kataoka Kamez˘
  Tamashima Isonoj˘ Nakamura Shinobu
B˘ Shibari Jir˘kaja Nakamura Kanzabur˘
  Tar˘kaja Nakamura Hashinosuke
  The master Band˘ Yajűr˘
Renjishi Lion Father Nakamura Kanzabur˘
  Lion Cub Nakamura Shichinosuke
  A priest Nakamura Senjaku
  A priest Kataoka Kamez˘

June 2005: Chikamatsuza tour in the USA, in Seattle (Paramount Theater, 11~12 June), San Francisco (Berkeley Zellerbach Hall, 17~18 June) and Los Angeles (Cerritos Center, 21~24 June). Here are the plays and the casting:

Plays Roles Actors
B˘ Shibari Jir˘kaja Nakamura Kanjaku
  Tar˘kaja Nakamura Kikaku
Sonezaki Shinjű Hiranoya Tokubŕ Nakamura Kanjaku
  Tenmaya Ohatsu Nakamura Ganjir˘
  Aburaya Kuheiji Nakamura Kikaku

July 2007: second Heisei Nakamuraza tour in the USA, in New York (Lincoln Center, 16~22 July) and Washington (Warner Theatre, 26 July). Here are the plays and the casting:

Plays Roles Actors Day/Place
Renjishi Lion Father Nakamura Kanzabur˘ Lincoln Center 07/16
  Lion Cubs Nakamura Kantar˘
Nakamura Shichinosuke
H˘kaib˘ H˘kaib˘ Nakamura Kanzabur˘ Lincoln Center 07/17~22
  Okumi Nakamura Senjaku  
  Jinzabur˘ Nakamura Hashinosuke  
  Eirakuya Gonzaemon Band˘ Yajűr˘  
  Sh˘hachi Kataoka Kamez˘  
  Y˘suke Nakamura Kantar˘  
  Princess Nowake Nakamura Shichinosuke  
Kanjinch˘ Musashib˘ Benkei Nakamura Hashinosuke Warner Theatre 07/26
  Togashi Saemon Nakamura Kanzabur˘
  Yoshitsune Nakamura Senjaku
Migawari Zazen Uky˘ Nakamura Kanzabur˘
  Tamanoi Band˘ Yajűr˘
  Tar˘kaja Nakamura Kantar˘
Nakamura Shichinosuke

October 2010: Kabuki tour in Central America, to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Japan's Relations with Mexico [more details]. The tour goes through Monterrey (8th of Oct.) and Mexico City (12th and 13th), San Salvador (16th) and Santa Ana (18th) in Salvador and Tegucigalpa (21st) in Honduras. The program is made up of lectures about the art of Kabuki and two dance-dramas, "Sagi Musume" and "Shakky˘". The troupe is led by Nakamura Ky˘z˘, Nakamura Matanosuke and Ichikawa Kinosuke.

July 2014: third Heisei Nakamuraza performances in New York City. The summer kaidanmono "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki" is staged from the 7th to the 12th of July at the Rose Theater (in the Lincoln Center). Based on a rakugo story by Sanyűtei Ench˘, this is a showpiece for the zagashira (Nakamura Kankur˘) who will play multiple roles, culminating in a thrilling fight scene in a waterfall where he switches rapidly from one to another. An artist named Hishikawa Shigenobu (Nakamura Kankur˘) is killed by a handsome samurai named Isogai Namie (Nakamura Shid˘) who wants Shigenobu's wife Oseki (Nakamura Shichinosuke). He carries out the murder with the help of Shigenobu's honest, but simple minded, servant Sh˘suke (Nakamura Kankur˘) and the tattooed villain Uwabami no Sanji (Nakamura Kankur˘).

USA Kabuki Tour (1982)

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