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  • Former Takarazuka Revue top star Takashiro Kei & Kabuki actor Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II announce their marriage

    January 31, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    On January 30, it was announced that Kabuki actor Ichikawa Tsukinosuke II (44) and actress Takashiro Kei (38) married on January 27.  The pair first met when they appeared on stage together for the first time 6 years ago and began dating last fall when they met each other again.  They have not yet set the dates for their official wedding ceremony and reception. On the day they got married, they wrote in their joint names, “We have noticed

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  • Takarazuka Revue's Tsukigumi members appear as guests of French cast of 'Romeo and Juliet'

    May 25, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    On May 23, Takarazuka Revue’s Tsukigumi (Moon Troupe) top star Ryu Masaki and top musumeyaku Manaki Reika appeared at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka as guests at an event celebrating the arrival of the main cast of the French musical “Romeo and Juliet”. A Takarazuka version of the same musical will begin on June 22 at the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Hyogo. Ryu, who will play Romeo, spoke enthusiastically about seeing Cyril Niccolai’s per

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  • Former Takarazuka top star, Matobu Sei, to debut as an actress in new drama

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    On March 26th, it was announced that former Takarazuka Revue top star, Matobu Sei (35), will be debuting as an actress in the upcoming Fuji TV drama '37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku', starring SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. The drama is inspired by a true story and portrays the hard struggles of the 37-year-old 'Konno Yuta', who decided to quit his job as a salaryman at a food company and now works as a medical intern at a university hospital. Ma

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  • Cosmos Troupe's Musumeyaku top star Nono Sumika to leave Takarazuka Revue

    January 7, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    Cosmos Troupe's Musumeyaku top star, Nono Sumika, has announced that she will leave Takarazuka Revue in July. The star held a press conference on January 6th, where she revealed that she's decided to leave after her partner, Ozora Yuuhi, announced that she would depart from the Takarazuka. "I've always had the thought that I wanted to graduate with Ozora-san," said Nono. "I have been happy everyday that I was able to stand on the stage I dr

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  • Cosmos troupe's Ozora Yuuhi to leave Takarazuka Revue

    December 28, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    On December 27th, top star of Cosmos troupe, Ozora Yuuhi held press conference regarding her departure from Takarazuka Revue. Ozora made her stage debut in 1992, and has been the top star of Cosmos troupe since in 2009.  Ozora said that, because she was able to prove herself as "Otokoyaku, Ozora Yuuhi" with her previous stage "Classico Italiano", she decided to leave the revue.  Ozora revealed that she told the fellow members about leaving

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  • Moon Troupe's Aono Yuki to leave Takarazuka Revue

    November 1, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    On October 31st, Takarazuka Revue (an all-female musical troupe based in Hyogo prefecture) announced that Moon Troupe's Musumeyaku top star, Aono Yuki, will leave the company in April. The announcement came as a shock to Moon Troupe's fans, especially since the Otokoyaku top star, Kiriya Hiromu, also announced her retirement in April. Consequently, the top pair will leave the company at the same time. Aono made her stage debut in 2004 with

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  • Top star of Moon Troupe Kiriya Hiromu to leave Takarazuka Revue

    October 26, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Kiriya Hiromu, the Otokoyaku top star of Moon Troupe has announced that she will be leaving Takarazuka Revue in April 2012. The star held a press conference in Osaka on October 25th where she commented with a little strained face, "I've decided to end (my career as Otokoyaku) next spring, approximately 18 years since I began Takarazuka Revue." Takarazuka Revue is all-female musical theater troupe based in Hyogo prefecture.  There's five tr

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  • Nishida Hikaru holds a top-star stage with former Takarazuka Revue members at Fuji TV event

    August 10, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    On August 9th, talent Nishida Hikaru (38) appeared in Daiba, Tokyo for the Fuji TV event “Odaiba Gasshuugoku.” With actress Makoto Tsubasa (46), who served as MC, Shizuki Asato (41), and Takashiro Kei (37), all of whom were originally part of the Takarazuka Revue, Nishida held a top star stage and performed her songs for the first time in 10 years.  They sang her hit songs “Jinsei Kaechau Natsu ka mo ne” and “Kitto Ai ga Aru” with the char

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  • Ex-Takarazuka top star, Wao Youka, to challenge herself through "Dracula"

    December 14, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    Takarazuka Otokoyaku's former top star (from the Cosmos Troupe), Wao Youka has been chosen to play Count Dracula for the musical "Dracula", scheduled to begin in August 2011.  This will be the first time for Wao to play a male role after she left the Takarazuka Revue in 2006, and she will be the first woman to play this role. The musical "Dracula" premiered on Broadway back in 2004, and it's based off Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel. Wao

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  • 'Takarazuka Revue' bids farewell to top star of "Snow Troupe"

    September 15, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    Natsuki Mizu, top star of 'Takarazuka Revue'  (a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe),  held the stage for the very last time on September 12th. Natsuki has performed with 'Takarazuka Revue' for 18 years, and has been a top star since 2007. Natsuki's popularity is extremely vast, as demonstrated by the 8,000 fans who rushed to the last farewell promenade. With Natsuki's exit from the stage, Otozuki Kei has been chosen as the new t

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