Princess Turandot was based on Count Carlo Gozzi’s Turandot. The gist of the musical’s dramatic plot is that Prince Calaf, whose country has been destroyed, falls in love with Princess Turandot. He solves the three riddles necessary to win her hand, but Turandot is deeply scared of marriage. Prince Calaf offers Princess Turandot this chance: If she can guess his true name, he will not marry her.
Princess Turandot was the first of several other Takarazuka musicals, most post-war, that made use of Gozzi’s original Turandot as a production model.
This 1934 stage production by the revue’s Moon Troupe ran from 6/29-7/29 at the Takarazuka Theatre in Tokyo on a triple-bill with Soukai Hikyoku (“The Secret Song of the Blue Sea”) and Takeshiba Douchuuki (“Takeshiba Road Memoirs”). Olympic swimmer Yokota Misao (using the stage name “Mizuo Misao”) made her Takarazuka debut in this production of Princess Turandot.
Translated from the postcard reverse:
This performance of Princess Turandot [by the Moon troupe] is more gorgeous than the Flower Poem Anthology.
The performance is more colorful than the “Flower Poems” and is full of songs and dances.
In addition to the colorful music and dances there is also a special song, “The Secret of the Blue Sea”.
Plus, the plays Secret Songs of the Blue Sea and Takeshiba Road Memoirs will also be performed.