Imagine, if you will, a version of the classic movie Casablanca, executed by an all female cast, in Japanese, as a musical.
The Takarazuka Casablanca was pretty much exactly what you’d expect. ^_^
I’m not saying that Oozora Yuuhi was bad as Rick, or that Nono Sumihana was a bad Ilsa, just that if ever there was a story that really did not need to be turned into a Takarazuka musical, this was it. Okay, yes, I’m saying that Oozora and Nono had nothing at all on Bogart and Bergman. Sorry ladies, but you did not sell them as former lovers at all.
I picked this DVD up in 2010 or ’11 and have just had a chance to finish it. Interestingly, I had just recently re-watched the movie Casablanca, because it was on TV and I have crush on Claude Rains. Which is why I was most disappointed with Hokushou Kairi as Renault. She had none of his good-natured, resigned corruption and her body language was all wrong. I really wouldn’t mind, but Rains was genius in that role. Boo hoo…
So, yeah, this was not my fave Takarazuka musical ever. I did think the music was interestingly “western” sounding.
Overall – 5
Now I’m out of review material, I’ll have to get some new Takarazuka DVDs – any suggestions?