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by singleton
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

I Dreamed a Dream - On My Own combo, with Rina Chinen/Seiko Niizuma (both were on the 2003 Japanese cast recordings).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMOcoQRCQe4
by singleton
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Stage
Topic: Upcoming Alumni Projects
Replies: 59
Views: 6991

Re: Upcoming Alumni Projects

Found this whilst googling for stuff. Kojiro Oka (former Enjolras) will be doing a concert with guests, who include Hiromi Iwasaki (former Fantine) and Kazutaka Ishii (former Marius). They will be performing some numbers from Les Mis. http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuspo/article/release/CK20170905020002...
by singleton
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48059
Views: 1981510

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

As far as actors who've played both Valjean and Javert, the Japanese production apparently cast actors to switch places regularly for those roles when they started in 1987. Edward Behr's book on the history of the show said that there was a big conflict with the original stars since both wanted to ...
by singleton
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

Another clip. Honoka Suzuki talks near the middle. I don't understand Japanese, but from what I can make out I assume she's saying that the only role she's not done is Éponine. Some anecdotes at the end from (I think) Boublil and Schonberg. On the left of the first line are the Fantines of the origi...
by singleton
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

30th anniversary of the Japanese production of Les Mis. Get together with historical casts. Of particular note is Honoka Suzuki, who was second Cosette in the original production, Fantine in the late 90s (in the cast featuring Takeshi Kaga, Kaho Shimada and Haruhiko Saito from the OJC), and is now M...
by singleton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

An clip of the original Japanese production of LM. It mainly follows Gavroche around, as he gets collared by various cast members (starting with Goro Noguchi's Marius). I think that's Takeshi Kaga practicing his scales. Also speaking are Ran Otori (Mdm Thenardier), Sakae Takita (the other Valjean/Ja...
by singleton
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Stage
Topic: Upcoming Alumni Projects
Replies: 59
Views: 6991

Re: Upcoming Alumni Projects

Though I'm not too keen on what I've heard from the English soundtrack for Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake (ugh, autotune), I've been eagerly snapping up clips and info from the foreign-language dubs. Thus, I've found a couple of LM alumni who are in the Japanese dub. Kaho Shimada (Éponine on ...
by singleton
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: The influence of original cast and one's first experience on preferences
Replies: 16
Views: 3315

Re: The influence of original cast and one's first experience on preferences

This is quite an interesting topic that I've been meaning to reply to for ages, but never quite got around to it. I think we all are, to some extent, shaped by our earliest experiences of the show, whether it's from a cast recording, seeing the show live, watching one of the televised anniversary c...
by singleton
Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:34 am
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

Another video, and it's not from any Les Mis performances, but it's the only clip I've seen of Hiromi Iwasaki (OJC Fantine) and Kaho Shimada (OJC Éponine). Stick Sakae Takita between them and you'd have the Finale. They're singing Dancing Queen. Hiromi is in black, Kaho in red, and it looks like it'...
by singleton
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

Here is that music show clip I mentioned. The segment is 12:40 in. Kaho Shimada (島田歌穂) sings the main line, Yuki Saito (斉藤由貴) the higher line. Incidentally, that's Goro Noguchi (野口五郎) at 2:58, who played Marius in 1987-91, another of the OJC warhorses who doesn't appear on any of the cast albums, un...
by singleton
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

Ooh, that's a really awesome find! I've been looking for stuff from the early performances in Japan for a while, but sadly without much success. Looking at the video of "I Dreamed a Dream" (as well as the 1987 cast album that just included "On My Own" and DYHTPS from the origina...
by singleton
Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Les Misérables
Topic: YouTube links
Replies: 548
Views: 47618

Re: YouTube links

What I'd really like to see is a video of Hiromi Iwasaki (岩崎宏美) in performance as Fantine. She's a famous Japanese singer, and a mainstay of the Japanese Les Mis scene. However, she's managed to miss out on every cast album despite the multitude produced in Japan. Her husband, Takuya Kon, who isn't ...
by singleton
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Movies
Topic: 1971 Spain TV adaptation Los Misérables
Replies: 11
Views: 2819

Re: 1971 Spain TV adaptation Los Misérables

-2007 Japan TV animated series (23 hours) (Very long and my favorite adaptation. However it is too light in tone and commits some critically bad changes to the story. Available on Italy Amazon. Here is a torrent with English subtitles http://wasurenai-subs.com/2011/03/les-miserables-shoujo-cosette-...

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