ďSAKA KABUKIZA
   
Name ďsaka Kabukiza
City ďsaka
History

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

January 1943: Band˘ Tsurunosuke III took the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

January 1946: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the Gidayű-based version of the dance-drama "Sh˘j˘", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
A sh˘j˘ Band˘ Minosuke VI
The sake peddler K˘fű Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II

January 1947: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" was revived at the ďsaka 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 Ganjir˘ I and celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Ganjir˘ II with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Hitotsuya Kaheiji Nakamura Baigyoku III
Kashiwaya Osaga Nakamura Ganjir˘ II
Hitotsuya Gohei Jitsukawa Enjaku II
Inden'ya Ch˘saku Nakamura Komanosuke VII
Okiwa Nakamura Naritar˘ II

March 1951: Kataoka Gat˘ IV took the name of Kataoka Nizaemon XIII in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza. The k˘j˘ was entitled "Eda-mo Sakaeru Midori no Matsushima". From the 15th of March, the matinÚe and evening programs were reversed. Below the details of the programs and the casting:

Programs Casting
MatinÚe:

(1) Ehon Taik˘ki
(2) Shigure no Kotatsu
(3) Gapp˘ Anshitsu
(4) Gosho no Goroz˘

Evening:

(1) Eda-mo Sakaeru Midori no Matsushima
(2) Ak˘ Gishi Shinpan
(3) Yoshinogawa
(4) Ninokuchi-mura
Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII
Arashi Rikaku V
Arashi San'emon XI
Asao Okuyama VIII
Band˘ Jusabur˘ III
Hayashi Mataichir˘ II
Ichikawa Jukai III
Ichikawa Kudanji III
Ichikawa Shinnosuke V
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
Jitsukawa Entar˘ 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 Ganjir˘ II
Nakamura Kasen II
Nakamura Naritar˘ II
Nakamura Tanetar˘ III
Nakamura Tokiz˘ III
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV
Sawamura Tosshi VIII

July 1951: premiere at the ďsaka 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 Ganjir˘ II
Iori's son Kyűya Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV
Kyűya's wife Kiku Nakamura Senjaku II
Run's brother Kyűemon Nakamura Naritar˘ II
Shimojima Jin'emon Band˘ Minosuke VI

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

October 1951: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

May 1953: Nakamura Kash˘ II and Nakamura Shibajaku VI celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

September 1953: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of the dance "Ryűko", starring Band˘ Minosuke VI and Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II in the roles of the Dragon and the Tiger.

January 1955: premiere at the ďsaka 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 Enjir˘ II
Fujiwara Yasukata Hayashi Mataichir˘ II
Maroya Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII

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

November 1955: Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Band˘ Yasosuke IV celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

March 1956: Kataoka Gad˘ V and Kataoka Hidetar˘ II celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

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

Roles Actors
Akuta Band˘ Minosuke VI
Rokubei Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Sunez˘ Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II

March 1958: last Kabuki program at the ďsaka Kabukiza, made up of dramas like "Kirare Otomi", "Imay˘ Satsuma Uta", "Genta Kand˘", "Ibaraki" and 1 act of "Genroku Chűshingura". The casting included the actors Ichikawa Jukai III, Kataoka Nizaemon XIII, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Band˘ Minosuke VI, Jitsukawa Enjir˘ II, ďtani Tomoemon VII, Hayashi Mataichir˘ II, Band˘ Kichiya II, Kataoka Takao, Kataoka Hidetar˘ II, Ichikawa Unosuke III, Kamimura Kichiya V, Nakamura Kasen II, Nakamura Naritar˘ II, Arashi Hinasuke X, Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII, Arashi Rikaku V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII, Onoe Kikujir˘ IV, Nakamura Kash˘ II, Arashi Minshi VI and Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ V.

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

The ďsaka Kabukiza

 
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