- 演劇学論集 日本演劇学会紀要 (ISSN:13482815)
- vol.75, pp.1-19, 2022-12-15 (Released:2023-01-07)
This paper aims to demonstrate the relationship between Broadway revues and Japanese entertainment stages in the 1920s by examining one specific production. The revue style gained popularity on Japanese stages around 1930, but the influence of Broadway revues on performances on Japanese stages has not been discussed in Japanese theatre history studies. However, there were some Japanese people engaged in theatre productions who had contemporaneously watched Broadway revues in New York in the 1920s. Among such people, a female magician, Syokyokusai Tenkatsu, and her troupe performed some Broadway revues at Teigeki Theatre, Tokyo, in 1925. They did not advertise the details, but their “Jazz” songs, “Jazz Dances,” and “Sungeki” sketches at the Teigeki stage were programs picked up from some Broadway revues performed in 1924. A year before the Teigeki production, Tenkatsu's troupe performed in a vaudeville show at Hippodrome Theatre, New York, and got the opportunity to experience the popularity of those programs at the local level and judge their potential for Japanese audiences in the future. Understanding the relationship between Broadway revues of 1924 and Tenkatsu's Teigeki production can facilitate a comparison of other Japanese entertainment stages of the 1920s to Broadway revues of the same time. Tenkatsu's “Broadway revue” at Teigeki in 1925 is the key production to observe an untold aspect of Japanese theatre history in the 1920s.