2014 / Los Angeles version of “Takarazuka” to be performed by East West Players, Nov. 6 – Dec. 7

East West Players Takarazuka

East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, continues its 50th Anniversary Season, Golden, with TAKARAZUKA!!!, by Susan Soon He Stanton, directed by Leslie Ishii and choreographed by Cindera Che.

This production is presented with community partners the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and AARP. The production features Fiona Cheung, Michael Hagiwara, Joseph Lim Kim, Klarissa Mesee, Joy Regullano, Janelle Toyomi-Dote, and Grace Yoo.

Yuko is the Top Star of the Takarazuka, an all-female Japanese performance troupe, that has put on lavishly staged spectacles for decades. Facing retirement, Yuko begins to be haunted by the ghost of a former top star. Mysterious events happen at the theater as Yuko’s sayonara performance looms and a new star is set to rise to the top in this thrilling and seductive new play.

The characters and story of this production are fictitious and is not affiliated with “The Takarazuka Revue Company” of Japan.

All performances will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Previews are Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday Nov. 8 at 8:00 pm and Sunday Nov. 9 at 2:00 pm. All preview seats are $23.

Opening Night for TAKARAZUKA!!! is Wednesday, Nov.12 at 8:00 pm and includes a 7:00 pm pre-performance cocktail reception, and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team.

Call theater for availability. “Pay-What-You-Can” Performance is on Wednesday, Nov.26 at 8:00 pm.

A special talkback with the cast and creative team is on Sunday, Nov.16 immediately following the performance.

The production runs until Dec. 7. Regular performances run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.eastwestplayers.org or by calling (213) 625-7000.

Regular tickets range from $28-$38. Student and Senior discounts available. Dates, prices and details are subject to change.