Today, an acquaintance linked to this video from the stage production of The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway. I ADORED this musical, I saw it four times when it was playing (twice the original version, which was better, and twice the re-launch, which is what this is from.
When I’m not watching baseball I will have to troll YouTube for more videos. I miss this show so much. I wish there was a full video of it available, I’d totally by that.
- fallenwithstyle said: The entire Takarazuka production (Japanese all-female company) is on youtube, but it doesn’t have English subtitles.
OMG THAT’S AMAZING. I saw a Takarazuka production (of other stuff) when I was in Japan and it was amazing…and I know the plot and speak a little Japanese, I could probably manage it. Adding to my “MUST WATCH” list. :)
Watch it now. I’m sure it won’t be up for long.
“It was terrible to see a young and beautiful women - a girl in all but a name - still standing almost at the threshold of her life, yet bereft of hope, bereft of illusions, bereft of those golden and fantastic dreams which should have made her youth one long, perpetual holiday.”The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy (via whitechickdancing)
Reasons I love the Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy was hardcore:
- He practically raised himself after his mother got dementia and his father took them away to Europe to look after her privately. Also, his father loved his mother more than Percy loves Marguerite. That’s saying something.
- He ran around Europe and learned ALL THE THINGS to the extent that he can pass himself off as French so convincingly that he fools even his own men.
- He will NOT leave anyone behind even to save his own skin.
- He saw his wife briefly when he was in Paris. two years later, he came back, still in love with her, wooed her, married her, and is so passionately in love with her that he would bend over backwards, sideways and every other way to make her happy.
- He will fight for freedom and justice and liberty and equality in ways the Revolution failed to do.
- He is the Fashion Icon for all of London.
- He lets himself be beaten senseless - while in disguise - just so he can make sure his wife is not harmed, and when they are freed, he carries her for miles, despite barely being able to walk himself.
- He will sass his jailers, especially M’sieur Chaumbertin.
- He is also the richest man in London and best friend of the future King.
- He will get arrested and plan a cunning escape which involves the spies and emissaries of 3 countries being played against one another with no idea they’re being played, because even his men don’t know the spies are being played until Percy strolls into their safehouse and goes “whatup dudes?”
- He is a master swordsman
- He speaks several languages fluently
- He is described as tall, blond, handsome and dashing.
- He is seen as the King of all the Fops, and worse because he knows people see his mentally-ill mother, and his soft father in him and don’t look beyond it.
- He was the prototype for Bond and Batman.
- He can tie a perfect cravat.
- HE. IS. AWESOME.
Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy Blakeney Bart.
Anyone who has not seen this film should see this film. Anthony Andrews is perfection. The way he flips between Frippery-draped Fop and Action Hero Vigilante in the blink of an eye is incredible. He’s fashing, debonair, cunning, witty, and when betrayed, he is absolutely and completely shattered. Really, putting three fangirls in a room together to watch this film, resulted in shrieking and flailing and fanning and swooning of selves. Plus, this film contains one of the best proposals known to mankind.
Common Scarlet or Red Pimpernel. Anagallis Arvensis from ‘by Charles F. Millspaugh (1892).
“The poor, weary woman, broken in spirit, and half frantic with the bitterness of her disappointment, receiving on her knees the banal gallantries of her deadly enemy.”I just think it’s funny that Marguerite has been captured and thinks she’s going to die but is more irritated that Chauvelin is so dull and unoriginal in how he greets her. Like “ugh can you just guillotine me already? This is boring” (via istoledabowl)
Touko Appreciation Post
(Sorry about the external images, the gifs were too big)
Aran Kei (Touko) being silly in Takarazuka Revue’s production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”
I love how this musical has a pretty serious theme, but then Percy/Touko just goes and does silly things here and there…
But then near the end there’s this super intense stage-sword fight and she gets really serious…
(I’m probably going to make more of these Takarazuka appreciation posts in the future xD)