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2012/11/09 TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート – 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)

Date: 2012/11/09
Title: TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート –
Troupe: 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)
Location: 東急シアターオーブ, JP

Main Cast
Elisabeth Hanafusa Mari
Der Tod Shizuki Asato
Luigi Lucheni Kozuki Wataru
Franz Joseph Suzumi Shio
Max Ritsu Tomomi
Rudolph Asami Hikaru
Young Rudolph Mochizuki Rise
Sophie Hatsukaze Jun
Ludovika Eri Chiaki
Madame Wolf Yoshizuki Eri
Esterhazy-Riechtenstein Akisono Mio
Windeic Minami Mari
Sztaray Mihou Aya
Helene Ootsuki Sayu
Count Grühne Ougi Megumu
Fürst Schwarzenberg Katsuragi Nanaho
Archbishop Rauscher (Emperor’s entourage) Kazari Jin
Hubner Natsuzora Momomi
Kempen Yuuzumi Shun
Elemer Batthyány Yumeki Noa
Stephan Ayami Haya
Condemned Man’s Mother Ayahoshi Rion
Szeps Misato Maya
Jula Oonagi Mao

2012/11/07 TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート – 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)

Date: 2012/11/07
Title: TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート –
Troupe: 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)
Location: 東急シアターオーブ, JP

Main Cast
Elisabeth Hanafusa Mari
Der Tod Ichiro Maki
Luigi Lucheni Todoroki Yuu
Franz Joseph Takane Fubuki
Max Oomine Mayu
Rudolph Kouju Tatsuki
Young Rudolph Hatsune Mayo
Sophie Shu Michiru
Ludovika Eri Chiaki
Madame Wolf Yoshizuki Eri
Esterhazy-Riechtenstein Akisono Mio
Windeic Minami Mari
Sztaray Mihou Aya
Helene Ootsuki Sayu
Count Grühne Ougi Megumu
Fürst Schwarzenberg Katsuragi Nanaho
Archbishop Rauscher (Emperor’s entourage) Kazari Jin
Hubner Natsuzora Momomi
Kempen Yuuzumi Shun
Elemer Batthyány Yumeki Noa
Stephan Ayami Haya
Condemned Man’s Mother Ayahoshi Rion
Szeps Misato Maya
Jula Oonagi Mao

2012/11/07 TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート – 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)

2012/11/07 TAKARAZUKA WAY TO 100th ANNIVERSARY vol.4 – エリザベート スペシャル ガラ・コンサート – 宝塚歌劇団OG (JP)

2012/10/31 – Elisabeth – Tokyu Theatre Orb, JP

Date: 2012/10/31
Title: Elisabeth
Location: Tokyu Theatre Orb, JP

Main Cast
Elisabeth Maya Hakvoort
Der Tod Máté Kamarás
Luigi Lucheni Bruno Grassini
Kaiser Franz Joseph André Bauer
Erzherzogin Sophie Gabriele Ramm
Kronprinz Rudolf Lukas Perman
Herzogin Ludovika / Frau Wolf Maike Katrin Merkel
Herzog Max in Bayern Thorsten Tinney

2012/10/30 – Elisabeth – Tokyu Theatre Orb, JP

Date: 2012/10/30
Title: Elisabeth
Location: Tokyu Theatre Orb, JP

Main Cast
Elisabeth Maya Hakvoort
Der Tod Máté Kamarás
Luigi Lucheni Bruno Grassini
Kaiser Franz Joseph André Bauer
Erzherzogin Sophie Gabriele Ramm
Kronprinz Rudolf Lukas Perman
Herzogin Ludovika / Frau Wolf Maike Katrin Merkel
Herzog Max in Bayern Thorsten Tinney

Musical Best Of

As I started visiting more musicals over the past two years, I thought it would be fun to write a Musical Best Of. Musicals I visited so far are listed here. In this post I will only talk about non-Takarazuka musicals as I’ll be giving Takarazuka its own post later.

Tanz der VampireTop 3 favourite musicals
01. Elisabeth. Forever my favourite musical. It’s perfection. I particularly liked the German version I saw, but all of them were brilliant.
02. Tanz der Vampire. Great music, and the musical is funny and touching at the same time.
03. Wicked. Love the story and the music, but especially the decors and costumes!

Most seen musicals
01. Tanz der Vampire. Seen the Antwerp production once, and the German production three times (Stuttgart twice and Berlin once, with a completely different cast every time).
02. Elisabeth. I’ve seen three different productions in three different countries in three different languages: Antwerp in 2009, Tokyo in 2010 and Cologne in 2011. And I am planning to see it many more times..!
03. Wicked and Soldaat van Oranje. I’ve seen two different productions of Wicked in London and the Netherlands, and went to Soldaat van Oranje twice.

Musical disappointment: Rocky over the Rainbow. From what I had heard about this Rocky Horror/Wizard of Oz crossover musical was that it was most of all very funny. Unfortunately, on the day I went to see it there was a snowstorm going on and all traffic and public transport was delayed. Thus, no more than about 30-40 people managed to get to the theatre and it seemed the cast also wasn’t into it at all. A few weeks ago I saw an amateur performance of the same concept, a mix between Rocky Horror and Chicago, and it was infinitely funnier and better performed!

Soldaat van OranjeUnexpectedly Impressive musical: Soldaat van Oranje (‘Soldier of Orange’). This Dutch musical is based on the book (and movie) with the same title. The story is very touching, but more than that: The technique they’ve used for this musical is incredible. The stage was especially designed for this musical, in an old airplane hangar. The stage is circular, and the round block the audience sits turns to reveal different parts of the stage. Also, there is a sea and a beach, with actual sand and water. The actors ride around on old motorbikes, and at the end of the musical the doors of the hangar open and they involve the outside in the musical with a real Dakota airplane! At first I was afraid all of these special effects would be overdoing it, but it worked really well and was very impressive.

Top 3 best music
01. Elisabeth. I can’t stop listening to the music of this musical, in any language.
02. Romeo & Juliette, and I can’t decide if I like the French or… the Russian! version better.
03. Tanz der Vampire.

Top 3 best actors/actresses
01. Annemieke van Dam as Elisabeth in the German production. That voice, that acting! I was really very pleasantly surprised by her, she was a perfect Elisabeth.
02. Yamaguchi Yuichiro. I unfortunately have never seen him in real life, although I had the chance (and now regret I didn’t take it). But this man’s voice is amazing. I love him in Elisabeth, Phantom of the Opera, Tanz der Vampire.. everything. His acting style is very particular, inspired by kabuki and may therefore appear a bit stiff, but amazing nonetheless.
03. Willemijn Verkaik in the Dutch production of Wicked. Love her as Elphaba!

2012/05/02 – Dying Message World Tour 2012 – Europe – D (JP)

Date: 2012/05/02
Title: Dying Message World Tour 2012 – Europe
Band: D (JP)
Location: Melkweg, NL

Setlist

  1. Der konig der Dunkelheit
  2. In the name of justice
  3. Huang di ~yami ni umareta mukui~
  4. -MC-
  5. Yami yori kurai doukoku no acappella to bara yori akai jounetsu no aria
  6. Hana madoi
  7. Sleeper
  8. -Drum solo & session-
  9. Desert warrior
  10. -MC-
  11. Night-ship “D”
  12. Yami no kuni no alice
  13. Dying message
  14. Torikago goten ~L’Oiseau bleu~
  15. 7th Rose
  16. Guardian
    Encore:
  17. Day by Day

2012/04/14 – Theater tour 2012 – Within Temptation (NL)

Date: 2012/04/14
Title: Theater tour 2012
Band: Within Temptation (NL)
Location: Carré Amsterdam, NL

Setlist
First part

  1. The Last Dance (Acoustic)
  2. Bittersweet (Acoustic)
  3. Overcome (Acoustic)
  4. Restless
  5. Sounds of Freedom
  6. Our Farewell (Semi-Acoustic)
  7. The Swan Song (Acoustic)
  8. Say My Name (Semi-Acoustic)
  9. Never-Ending Story (Acoustic)
  10. Second part

  11. The Promise
  12. Ice Queen
  13. Caged
  14. Iron
  15. Lost
  16. Faster
  17. Stand My Ground
  18. Mother Earth
  19. Encore:

  20. Sinéad
  21. Stairway to the Skies

2012/04/14 - Theater tour 2012 - Within Temptation (NL)

2012/04/14 - Theater tour 2012 - Within Temptation (NL)

2012/04/11 – 20th L’Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 – L’Arc~en~Ciel (JP)

Date: 2012/04/11
Title: 20th L’Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012
Band: L’Arc~en~Ciel (JP)
Location: Indigo O2, UK

Setlist

  1. いばらの涙
  2. CHASE -english ver-
  3. GOOD LUCK MY WAY
  4. HONEY
  5. DRINK IT DOWN
  6. REVELATION
  7. 瞳の住人
  8. XXX -english ver-
  9. DAYBREAK’S BELL
  10. forbidden lover
  11. MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM
  12. -ken’s MC-

  13. SEVENTH HEAVEN
  14. Driver’s High
  15. STAY AWAY
  16. READY STEADY GO
  17. Encore:

  18. あなた
  19. winter fall
  20. Link
  21. -hyde’s MC-

2012/04/11 - 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 - L'Arc~en~Ciel (JP)

2012/04/11 - 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 - L'Arc~en~Ciel (JP)

2012/04/11 - 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 - L'Arc~en~Ciel (JP)

2012/04/11 - 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 - L'Arc~en~Ciel (JP)

2012/04/11 - 20th L'Anniversary WORLD TOUR 2012 - L'Arc~en~Ciel (JP)