MAY 2005

3 shows in T˘ky˘ (Kabukiza, National Theatre, NHK Hall) and 1 in ďsaka (Sh˘chikuza)!

Kabukiza (T˘ky˘)
Dates 3 ~ 27 May 2005 (Gogatsu ďkabuki)
MatinÚe

Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Kurumabiki)

Imohori Ch˘ja

Iyasakae Shibai no Nigiwai

Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘ (Kamiyui Shinza)

Evening

Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
(Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata)

Sagi Musume

Noda-ban Togitatsu no Utare

Casting

Nakamura Kanzabur˘, Band˘ Tamasabur˘, Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Jakuemon, Onoe Kikugor˘, Nakamura Shikan, Band˘ Mitsugor˘, Nakamura Hashinosuke, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Ebiz˘, Kataoka Hidetar˘, Sawamura Tanosuke, Ichikawa Danz˘, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Senjaku, Onoe Kikunosuke, Onoe Sh˘roku Nakamura Kantar˘, Nakamura Shichinosuke, Ichikawa Kamejir˘, Ichikawa Somegor˘, Band˘ Yajűr˘

Comments

This program celebrates the third month of Nakamura Kanzabur˘'s shűmei at the Kabukiza, who plays the roles of the Saruwakaza's zamoto, the hairdresser Shinza and Moriyama Tatsuji in "Iyasakae Shibai no Nigiwai", "Kamiyui Shinza" and "Noda-ban Togitatsu no Utare".

Sh˘chikuza (ďsaka)
Dates 4 ~ 26 May 2005
Program Yamato Takeru
Casting

Ichikawa Ukon, Ichikawa Danjir˘, Ichikawa Emiya, Ichikawa Monnosuke, Ichikawa Emisabur˘, Nakamura Karoku, 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! "Yamato Takeru" was the first SűpÔ Kabuki drama of the Omodakaya guild. For this revival, the leading role of Yamato Takeru is played by both Ichikawa Danjir˘ and Ichikawa Ukon.

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

National Theatre (T˘ky˘)
Dates 12 ~ 24 May 2005 (Zenshinza Gogatsu K˘en)
Program

Sakura Giminden

Gonza to Sukejű

Casting

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

NHK Hall (T˘ky˘)
Dates 29 May 2005 (Koten Gein˘ Kansh˘ Kai)
Program

Funa Benkei

Casting

Nakamura Tomijűr˘, Nakamura Kichiemon, Nakamura Baigyoku, Nakamura T˘z˘, Nakamura Kash˘, Nakamura Shinjir˘, Nakamura Tamatar˘, Band˘ Kamesabur˘, Nakamura Kichinosuke, Nakamura Tanetar˘, Nakamura Dai

Comments

32nd 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. This performance commemorates the 120th anniversary of the premiere of the dance-drama "Funa Benkei", which was staged for the first time in November 1885.

 
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