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Yūga Yamato (大和 悠河 Yamato Yūga ) is a former top star (otokoyaku) for Cosmos Troupe of Takarazuka Revue. She joined the company in 1995 and became the top star in February 2007 upon the resignation of Kei Takashiro, which made her the first otokoyaku to be top in her class. She resigned from the company in July, 2009, and is currently pursuing a stage career.
She is from Bunkyō, Tokyo; her birthday is August 4.
With her youthful appearance, she is considered as the Yūki Amami since she launched her career in Takarazuka in 1995. She was one of the promising young stars that were promoted by the company in 1999 (along with Sumire Haruno, the former top star for Flower Troupe and Hikaru Asami, the former top star for Snow Troupe). Before she was promoted to top star, she was considered as one of top-stars-in-waiting along with Kei Takashiro, the former top star for Cosmos Troupe, Kei Aran, the current top star for Star Troupe, Jun Sena, the current top star for Moon Troupe, and Natsuki Mizu, the current top star of Snow Troupe.
Even when she was in her underclassman years, she was already in some roles that were quite inside the nuclear cast of the regular cast production. Along with Yūhi Ōzora and Hiromu Kiriya, they were the major trio for the young batch in Moon Troupe. When the trio were still underclassmen, they were always cast in the title roles for the new actor production alternatively.
However, her career gained a boost when Jun Shibuki became the top star for Moon Troupe; while she became the second man for Shibuki. In 2003, she was transferred to Cosmos Troupe, rejoining Natsuki Mizu, former troupe mate from Moon Troupe. It seemed that she had been downgraded when she is in the role of Rolan Sabatier (considered a role for a third-tier actor) in Lightning in the Daytime. But it was proven wrong when she was in the role of Barak in Calaf & Turandot in the Hakataza Theater performance (replacing Mizu who had a Bow Hall performance at the same time). In the same year, she went on stage with Kei Aran of Star Troupe for Singin' in the Rain.
Same as Mizu, she had a special appearance in 2004 for the Star Troupe in A Love Story in 1914 and Ch'Ang-an: Full of Swirling Flowers (replacing Kei Aran in the Hakataza Theater performance). Also she got her solo lead performance The Last Party: S.Fitzgerald’s Last Day at Bow Hall.
In 2005, with the sudden troupe transfer for Mizu, she became the solo second man for Yōka Wao. With the resignment of Wao and her successor Kei Takashiro, she became the fourth top star for the youngest troupe of the company, and the youngest of the five.
Notable Performance and Role
Moon New Actor Era
- Me and My Girl - Gerald
- Descendant of Baron - Henry
- El Dorado - Ignacio (first lead role)
- West Side Story - Tony (lead role shared with Yūhi Ōzora, her role in regular cast is A-Rab)
- Dark Brown Eyes (An adaptation of The Captain's Daughter) - Nicolai (lead role)
- The Prisoner of Zenda - Count of Hentzau (her role in regular cast is Anthony)
- Great Pirates - Emilio (lead role; this is her final participation for new actor production)
- Fake Love - Michael (Bow Hall production starring Asato Shizuki)
- Twelfth Night - Duke Orsino (Bow Hall production)
- Practical Joke - David
- Great Pirates - Rockwell/Edgar (replacing Wataru Kozuki for the national tour)
- Guys and Dolls - Nathan Detroit
- At the End of a Long Spring - Brice
- Singin' in the Rain - Cosmo (Starring Kei Aran of Star Troupe, may consider as special appearance)
- Calaf & Turandot - Barak (replacing Natsuki Mizu in the Hakataza Theater performance)
- Lightning in the Daytime - Rolan Sabatier
- A Love Story in 1914 - Amedeo Modigliani (Special appearance for Star Troupe)
- Ch'ang-an, Full of Swirling Flowers - An Lu-shan (Special appearance; replacing Kei Aran in the Hakataza Theater performance)
- The Last Party: S.Fitzgerald’s Last Day - Scott Fitzgerald (Bow Hall Production)
- Hotel Stella Maris - Guy Prescott/Allen Kendall (National Tour)
- A Kiss to the Flame - Barria
- Never Says Goodbye - Vincent Romero
- Sketches from the Life of Ryoma Sakamoto - Shintaro Nakaoka
Cosmos Top Star Era
- A/L: The Youth of Phantom Thief Lupin - Arsène Lupin (Top Star Debut)
- Hot Flower of Valencia - Fernando Delvarez (Top Star Debut at Grand Theater)
- Dawn Wind - Douglas MacArthur
- Singin' in the Rain - Don Lockwood
- Paradise Prince - Stuart Green Menfield
- Gaiden - The Rose of Versailles: André - André Grandier
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- Wetmore, Kevin J. (2009-10-31). Portrayals of Americans on the world stage: critical essays. McFarland. pp. 193–. ISBN 978-0-7864-4419-9. Retrieved 5 May 2011.