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Rei Yuzuka (柚香 光 (ゆずか れい) Yuzuka Rei, born March 5 in Suginami, Japan) is an actress formerly belonging to the Takarazuka Revue. She starred as Tsukasa Domyoji in Hana Yori Dango, a 2019 musical. Yuzuka became the Flower Troupe's top star in November 2019 and retired from the Revue in March 2024.

Biography[]

Early life[]

Yuzuka was born on March 5 in the Suginami ward of Tokyo.[1] She is the third of five siblings and the only girl.

After graduating from middle school, Yuzuka's mother found information about the Takarazuka Music School at a bookstore. Yuzuka passed the school's exam and subsequently began the two-year program.[2][3]

Career[]

In 2009, Yuzuka entered the Takarazuka Revue in the 95th class.[2] She had her official debut with the rest of her class in the Cosmos Troupe's Amour Soreha.[1] Yuzuka was placed in the Flower Troupe (花組 () ) afterwards.[4] Small roles for Yuzuka in main productions and newcomer productions (新人公演 () shinjin kouen)[5] followed, including The Rose of Versailles: Andre (2009),[6] Gubijin (2010),[7] Prelude to Love (2011),[8] and Ocean's Eleven (2013).[9] Her first starring role was in the newcomer production of The Love of the Last Tycoon (2014).[10] The same year, Yuzuka had her first starring role in a main production, Nocturne.[11] She went on to star as Der Tod in the newcomer version of Elisabeth (2014).[12] Yuzuka's last newcomer role was as the title character in 2015's The New Tale of Genji.[13]

In 2017, Yuzuka was cast as Shinobu Ijuuin, the lead role, in Haikara-san ga Toru opposite Yuki Hana.[14] She had major supporting roles in The Poe Clan,[15] Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino,[16] and Messiah in 2018.[17] The same year, she also starred in Melancholic Gigolo.[18] She appeared in a production of Casanova starring Rio Asumi in early 2019. [19] In January, it was revealed that Yuzuka would be starring in a musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers which premiered in June.[20] Her final supporting role was in A Fairy Tale.[21] Following Rio Asumi's retirement in late November 2019, Yuzuka officially became the Flower Troupe's top star. She made her debut as top star in Dance Olympia in early 2020.[22] In mid and late 2020, Yuzuka reprised her role as Shinobu Ijuuin in Haikara-san ga Toru with Yuki Hana again.[23]

In early 2021, Yuzuka starred in Nice Work If You Can Get It[24] and Augustus: The Illustrious One,[25] She starred alongside Madoka Hoshikaze for the first time in Sorrowful Cordoba later that year.[26] Yuzuka finished 2021 with Genroku Baroque Rock. The production was suspended mid-run due to COVID-19.[27] In early 2022, she starred in Top Hat as Jerry Travers.[28] Her other productions for 2022 were Years of Pilgrimage[29] and Burning in Firenze.[30] For the first half of 2023, Yuzuka starred in Mayerling[31] and A Battlefield for the Two of Us.[32] Her next performance was in the musical version of Singing Lovebirds.[33] On August 15, Yuzuka and Hoshikaze announced their plans to retire from the Takarazuka Revue.[34] Her final performance was starring in Arc-en-ciel, which ran until May 26, 2024.[35]

Filmography[]

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Amour Soreha
The Rose of Versailles: Andre / Exciter!! Villager / Guardsmen
2010 Gubijin Sosan
Uruwashi no Sabrina / Exciter!! Frank / Andrew
Melancholic Gigolo / Love Symphony
2011 Prelude to Love / Le Paradis!! Dewey Stein
Phantom Sergio / Follower
Canaria Young Demon
2012 Resurrection / Canon Simonson
Chikamatsu Koi no Michiyuki Tokubei
Saint-Exupéry / Conga!! Holst
Victorian Jazz Prince Edward
The Odd Couple Roy
2013 Ocean's Eleven Terry Benedict / Turk Malloy
Forever Gershwin Fred Astaire
The Poem of Love and Revolution / Mr. Swing Carlo Gérard / Angel Black
New Wave: Flower
2014 The Love of the Last Tycoon / Dazzling Dreams Monroe Stahr / Isaac
Nocturne Vladimir
Elisabeth Der Tod / Rudolph
2015 Jirokichi of the Wind Yuto
Embraced by the Seas of Calista /
Takarazuka Fantasia
Marius Beltrame de Shalette /
Napoléon Bonaparte
The Rose of Versailles / Takarazuka Fantasia Oscar
The New Tale of Genji / Melodia Hikaru Genji / Lady Rokujō /
Kashiwagi
2016 For the People Frederick Douglass
Me and My Girl Jacqueline Carlton / Parchester Shared roles
Snowflake Anthology / Golden Desert Theodoros
2017 Romanesque Mask / Exciter!! 2017 Chevalier Danceney
Wind Over Yamataikoku / Santé!! Furudori
Haikara-san ga Toru Shinobu Ijuuin
2018 The Poe Clan Allan Twilight
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Santé!! Amehiko / Oama no Miko Shared roles
Messiah / Beautiful Garden Emosaku Yamada
Melancholic Gigolo / Exciter!! 2018 Daniel
2019 Casanova Antonio Condulmer di Pietro
Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Domyoji
A Fairy Tale / Charm! Harvey Rockwood
2020 Dance Olympia Herself
Haikara-san ga Toru Shinobu Ijuuin
2021 Nice Work If You Can Get It Jimmy Winter
Augustus: The Illustrious One / Cool Beast!! Gaius Octavius
Sorrowful Cordoba / Cool Beast!! Elio Salvador
Genroku Baroque Rock / The Fascination! Kuronosuke
2022 Top Hat Jerry Travers
Years of Pilgrimage / Fashionable Empire Franz Liszt
Burning in Firenze / Fashionable Empire Antonio
2023 Mayerling / Enchantement Rudolf
A Battlefield for the Two of Us Thierry Sinclair
Singing Lovebirds / Grand Mirage! Asai Reisaburou
Be Shining!! Herself
2024 Arc-en-ciel Marcel Dorin

Notes[]

  • Yoko Kamio tweeted her congratulations to Yuzuka after learning she was becoming the top star of the Flower Troupe.[36] Kamio has also watched Yuzuka's performances in Casanova in April 2019,[37] Haikara-san ga Toru in October 2020,[38] and August: The Illustrious One in June 2021.[39]

  • Starred in the newcomer version of The Love of the Last Tycoon (2014) with Ririka Kaga.

  • References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/star/yuzuka_rei.html (Japanese)
    2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.zakzak.co.jp/entertainment/ent-news/news/20141115/enn1411151000006-n1.htm (Japanese)
    3. http://www.tms.ac.jp/english/
    4. https://www.sankei.com/west/amp/181120/wst1811200031-a.html (Japanese)
    5. http://www.takawiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=shinjin+kouen
    6. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/09/flower_takarazuka_gaidenverbara/cast.html (Japanese)
    7. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/10/flower_takarazuka_gubijin/cast.html (Japanese)
    8. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/11/flower_takarazuka_prelude/cast.html (Japanese)
    9. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/13/flower_takarazuka_oceans11/cast.html (Japanese)
    10. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2014/lasttycoon/cast.html#cast (Japanese)
    11. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2014/nocturne/cast.html (Japanese)
    12. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2014/elisabeth/cast.html (Japanese)
    13. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2015/genji/cast.html (Japanese)
    14. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/228844 (Japanese)
    15. https://natalie.mu/stage/news/266897 (Japanese)
    16. https://natalie.mu/stage/news/275235 (Japanese)
    17. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2018/messiah/cast.html (Japanese)
    18. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2018/melancholicgigolo/cast.html (Japanese)
    19. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2019/casanova/cast.html (Japanese)
    20. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/315777 (Japanese)
    21. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2019/afairytale/cast.html (Japanese)
    22. https://natalie.mu/stage/news/339332 (Japanese)
    23. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2020/haikarasangatooru/index.html (Japanese)
    24. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2021/niceworkifyoucangetit/cast.html (Japanese)
    25. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2021/augustus/cast.html (Japanese)
    26. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2021/cordoba/cast.html#cast (Japanese)
    27. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2021/baroquerock/cast.html (Japanese)
    28. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2022/tophat/cast.html (Japanese)
    29. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/news/20211026_001.html (Japanese)
    30. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2022/firenze/index.html (Japanese)
    31. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2023/utakatanokoi/index.html (Japanese)
    32. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2023/futaridakenosenjou/index.html (Japanese)
    33. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2023/oshidori/index.html (Japanese)
    34. https://hochi.news/articles/20230815-OHT1T51124.html (Japanese)
    35. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/news/20240527_001.html (Japanese)
    36. https://twitter.com/yokokamioo/status/1149226272679051264 (Japanese)
    37. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwT1w-NAX1c/ (Japanese)
    38. https://twitter.com/yokokamioo/status/1317829448528326656 (Japanese)
    39. https://twitter.com/yokokamioo/status/1406599951367294991 (Japanese)

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