Your humble blogmeister poses with the poster art for The Fantasticks in Nakatsugawa.
A photo from the 1971 production of The Fantasticks. Even 41 years later, Takarada-san was excellent as El Gallo!
Swag from the performance!
The play was an absolute delight. However, I must say that the absolute highlight was when Takarada-san called my name from the stage. After the performance wrapped, Takarada-san thanked the cast and crew and then introduced some folks from the audience, in whose company I was surprised to find myself! Once I stood up and waved to him, Takarada-san mentioned the school I work for (!) and, well, basically left me in amazement. As the theater was emptying, Mr. Takarada's assistant brought our group (including Michael Field) backstage for this meeting. Good times!
Yours truly, Michael Field, Mike's friend Tom, and Takarada-san pose backstage for the obligatory photos!
Although The Fantasticks was the first stage play I've seen in Japan, I certainly hope it isn't the last. And if it stars Akira Takarada, I'll do whatever necessary to attend. Arigato gozaimasu, Takarada-sama!