This world-famous, all-female troupe stages elaborate musical revues with dancing, singing, and gorgeous costumes. Performances range from Japanese versions of Broadway hits to original Japanese works based on local legends. The first Takarazuka troupe, formed in 1914 at a resort near Osaka, gained instant notoriety because all its performers were women, in contrast to the all-male kabuki. When I went to see this troupe perform, I was surprised to find that the audience also consisted almost exclusively of women; indeed, the troupe, all unmarried, has an almost cultlike following. Posters outside the box office show what’s on and what’s coming. Performances, accompanied by live music and with story synopses available in English, are scheduled throughout the year. Tickets are available at the box office, online or through Ticket Pia. Same-day tickets, sold on a first-come, first-served basis, cost ¥2,500 for a seat and ¥1,500 for standing room only.
Tokyo Takarazuka Theater (Tokyo Takarazuka Kagekidan)
Station: Hibiya (1 min.). Down the street from the Imperial Hotel.Phone 03/5251-2001 Prices Cover ¥3,500–¥12,000. Web site Tokyo Takarazuka Theater (Tokyo Takarazuka Kagekidan)
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