Just watched Gypsy Baron. This starts out with THE BEST DUET DANCE EVER!!! This dance lasts a long time in Takarazuka time. A full 6:00 minutes.
It was a difficult dance full of spins and lifts. There was one spot near the end that I was wondering how many times did they kick each other in rehearsals.
Watching this I'm amazed on how much this combi has grown. I am now watching a pair of equals.
I was so afraid that Kiriya would just be totally dominant over her young partner but she has handled it very well and has allowed Aono to grow into their partnership.
I love their duets.
This production is full of large chorus singing which I love. The music is good. The little stuffed pigs are cute! Asumi was wonderful. she played a character that she is very good in, a young man in love with the boss's daughter.
I was a little disapointed in Masaki's part. She wasn't on stage enough. Her two solos were very nice and she makes a very cute gypsy. She also looks great in a soldier's uniform.
Overall very enjoyable and with the help of my very limited Japanese and Jen's summary/review I knew what was going.
Lots of energetic dancing.
Masaki was defiantly the nibante in this revue with Asumi coming in at a close 3rd.
Asumi did a scene wearing her Death wig. Tries to kill Kiriya with her sword but of course the sword is taken away from Asumi and killed by Kiriya.
Masaki get a big and long scene in the revue. she looks good in a suit. Good singing on the ginkyou with otokoyaku dancing in the background.
Loved the scene with every one in white suits with different color silk shirts. Very nice.
Why did they have Sonoka sing and not dance?????
Kiriya singing 'I will Survive' in her duet with Aono. This is not an easy song to sing and she did very well. The dancing was a another wonderful duet by this combi. When they retire Hankyu should put out a dvd collection of their duets.
The dvd as a whole was enjoyable. Most dvds I have I like either the musical OR the revue. Very rarely do I like both. This dvd I like both.