It’s not new for Takarazuka to send a troupe abroad. They’ve done performances in Hong Kong, Seoul and have visited Europe and the US before. But it’s the first time that I’m aware of that they are coming all the way to New York City.
Takarazuka will be performing the musical Chicago at Lincoln Center in New York City in July 2016.
The performance will be in Japanese with English supertitles. This is an amazing opportunity to see the excess that is Takarazuka in a glitzy performance of a popular Broadway musical. I’m almost sorry it’s not something original, but this is way more likely to sell.
I’m really dying to see how full (or not) the theater will be. It’s such a weird low-culture mashup, it’ll be fun to see who turns up for it! Ticket packages go on sale to the public on January 28, and are on sale to members now. Individual tickets will open up for sale on April 11. (Call to buy, the online cart system is fubar and they’ll charge you fees whether you call or go online.)
This is too good a chance to pass up. Go see Takarazuka live!