"The Pleiades in the Blue"Adapted from "The Pleiades in the Blue" by Jiro Asada (published by Kodansha Ltd.)
"The Pleiades in the Blue"
Jiro Asada’s bestselling novel, "The Pleiades in the Blue," is set in the Forbidden City of China during the final days of the Qing Dynasty at the end of the nineteenth century. Takarazuka Revue Company will be the first to take up the challenge of adapting this novel into a musical.
Liang Wenxiu, the second son of a landowner in Liangjiatun village, suddenly recalls the words of a prophecy uttered by an old Tartar fortune teller. "Thou shalt engage in learning, spread knowledge, and bear the heavy destiny of rendering service to the Emperor." However, he is unsure if he is truly capable of fulfilling that destiny. Not long after, Wenxiu, who passed the rigorous imperial examination at the top of his class, takes up a position in the hub of the Qing government in spite of his feelings on the matter. As Wenxiu serves the Guenxu Emperor, he begins gaining fame as a talented reformist. The destitute young boy called Li Chun'er that Wenxiu had once made a pledge of brotherhood makes an appearance as well. Li Chun'er wants to believe the words spoken by the old fortune teller, who said "you shall gain treasure beyond your wildest dreams," so he leaves his younger sister Lingling in their hometown and heads for the capital. Before long, Chun’er, who has become a eunuch, rises to service as the attendant of Empress Dowager Cixi, who holds sway over the Forbidden City. These are the final days of the Qing Dynasty. As the great powers of the West keep a vigilant eye on the fracturing country, Wenxiu and company are at the mercy of the storm of ambition for power and intense patriotism buffeting the Forbidden City.
There is no destiny that cannot be changed by the force of human will. This is a story of human bravery and hope in a desperate struggle against fate in the midst of turmoil. Enjoy this epic historical musical that paints a vivid picture of the striking life of Wenxiu, expressed with the dramatic flair that is the hallmark of Takarazuka Revue productions.
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