Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1750-3159
  • E-ISSN: 1750-3167


The Takarazuka Revue, an all-female music theatre troupe founded in 1913 as the flagship of an elite performance academy, with its ultimate interest in Broadway musicals and western music, theatre and dance influences, is an unlikely foil for its male antecedent, . Like the ongoing revival of , there had been an ideological as well as entrepreneurial impetus behind the Revue's creation, which reflected changes in the nature of popular entertainment in Japan. Kobayashi Ichiz, the founder of the Takarazuka Revue, claimed that Japan needed a new form of national theatre that was based in popular culture or , an entertainment for the masses in the style of in that it was to feature dance and music. What Kobayashi could not foresee was that the Takarazuka Revue would grow into quite the opposite a cult-status entertainment for its enduring fandom of housewives and fanatical teenage girls.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): androgyny; gender; impersonation; Japan; musicals and opera; popular culture
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