"NEVER SAY GOODBYE" -The Footsteps of Lovers-Written and directed by Shuichiro Koike
"NEVER SAY GOODBYE" -The Footsteps of Lovers-
The musical "NEVER SAY GOODBYE" –The Footsteps of Lovers– premiered by Cosmos Troupe in 2006 as a collaboration between playwright-director Shuichiro Koike and world-renowned composer Frank Wildhorn. Wildhorn worked on global hit musicals such as "Jekyll & Hyde" and "THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL" among other popular titles. "NEVER SAY GOODBYE" was selected for the Excellent Work Award at the Yomiuri Theater Awards and Koike received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the script. Now, sixteen years after its initial premiere, "NEVER SAY GOODBYE" returns to the Takarazuka Revue's stage.
The current reigning top star of Cosmos Troupe, Suzuho Makaze, debuted in 2006 with the same musical. She will take on the leading role in this long-awaited revival.
In 1936, the Nazi regime organizes the Olympics in Berlin. At the same time, an anti-Nazi parallel event, the People’s Olympiad, is hosted in Barcelona. Renowned photographer, Georges, travels to Spain to cover the games. In Barcelona, he is reunited with liberal playwright Katherine by a twist of fate. The two fall in love, but they find themselves caught up in the Spanish Civil War.
"NEVER SAY GOODBYE" portrays the love and bravery of those who dared to fight against fascism, a moving story interwoven with musical masterpieces such as the unforgettable "ONE HEART".