Otokoyaku, who play male characters on stage, get a lot of positive attention.
What has made the Takarazuka Revue attractive to audiences for the past hundred years? From the shows they put on, to the beautiful sets and specialized theater buildings, there are a lot of unique aspects to Takarazuka.
But what really pulls audiences when it comes to Takarazuka is the dream world created by the all-female performers. The cool and stylish otokoyaku
complement the feminine musumeyaku
perfectly. Some believe that otokoyaku
are “cooler” than real men in many aspects, and their existence is unique to Takarazuka. When you watch a show, we recommend comparing and contrasting the expressions and movements of otokoyaku
. Looking closely at them, you will understand both the main characteristics of these two roles and the individual charm of each actress as well.
No matter where your eyes wander on stage, the exquisite details will take your breath away.
Moon Troupe, “THE GREAT GATSBY”(2022)
Flower Troupe, “Genroku Baroque Rock”(2021)
From flamboyant costumes through detailed props, the Takarazuka Revue offers countless things to marvel at. The Takarazuka Revue’s two main theaters (Takarazuka Grand Theater and Tokyo Takarazuka Theater) are specifically built for Takarazuka performances, in order to highlight the unique aspects of Takarazuka and maximize their impact on the audience.
, or the “silver bridge,” is the name of the apron stage that extends right before the audience. The ginkyō
is used in both plays and revues. Especially in revues, the ginkyō
makes it easier for the actresses to establish a closer connection with the audience.
As live music accompanies every production, the orchestra pit is set up between the main stage and the ginkyō
. The main stage is equipped with eight stage lifts
) in different sizes, and a turntable
) at the center. In addition to these, the 26-step tall grand staircase
) can be found at the back of the stage. This grand staircase also serves as a symbol of the revue.
Of course, this well-equipped stage would be nothing without the marvelous costumes, props, and the actresses themselves. As the pinnacle of the Takarazuka Revue’s aesthetics, they make the dream world come alive on stage.
Flower Troupe, “Years of Pilgrimage: The Wandering Soul of Franz Liszt”(2022)
Cosmos Troupe, “Capricciosa!!”(2022)