New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

Stage Jul 7, 2015

New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future

by Shigeko Segawa

The new head of the Takarazuka Revue Company says he aims to lay the foundations for the musical theater troupe to continue to flourish long into the future, after the all-female company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. President Tomotsugu Ogawa, the 58-year-old former head ...

John Caird delivers home truths with 'Twelfth Night'

Stage Mar 4, 2015

John Caird delivers home truths with 'Twelfth Night'

by Nobuko Tanaka

As an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Caird may be one of the leading pillars of the English theater establishment, but in a recent interview with The Japan Times, this acclaimed director of plays, musicals and opera declared, "In a ...

Producers of musicals take shows overseas

National Sep 11, 2013

Producers of musicals take shows overseas

by Yuki Takahashi

As the population shrinks and competition from overseas stiffens, even the most popular local theater troupes are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new fans at home. So now they're taking their shows abroad. For example, in April, the all-female Takarazuka Revue Company performed in ...