Backstage at the Takarazuka Revue
AKA The story of how a skinny white American dude, got to meet a gaggle of mythical, beautiful, incredibly tall Japanese actresses.

These are pics from my second time attending Takarazuka at the Grand Theatre.

Through my internship, I was able to go backstage and meet the famous Otokoyaku (actresses specializing in Male lead roles) and Musumeyaku (actresses specializing in female roles).

UPDATE (5/08): I've just gotten back from seeing my 3rd show, during my April 2008 vacation to Japan. Those pics coming soon!

UPDATE (1/10): I've written about my fascination with the theater, and my experiences backstage at the Takarazuka Revue for my zine, Electric Ant #2. Now, the complete article is online here:

I've also posted a second feature from the issue, an in-depth interview with actress/playwright/researcher Zehra Fazal, who spent an entire summer working backstage at the revue and then later translated and staged Rose of Versailles at Wellesley for her senior thesis:
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