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The feminine `kabuki' alternative

AFP , TOKYO

"But the Takarazuka's success also owes to the success in

creating stars through The Rose of Versailles," he added.

Shinji Ueda, 73, legendary director of the Revue, who has written dozens of scripts for Takarazuka in the past fifty years, says performers have moved with the times.

"The change is rapid. Since abundant information has become available all over the world, the actresses clearly know what is good or bad and which role will bring benefit for them," he said.

"Ten, 20 years ago, they were simply working hard in practicing their art because there was not much news around," he added.

The actresses in the coveted roles are celebrities for the

hundreds of fans who waited outside the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater when The Rose of Versailles ended for the night.

The fan club members lined up in rows as they watched the actresses leave.

In a tacit rule, the fans never scream or get carried away with emotion. Instead, they quietly take photos or presents to the actresses.

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