A troupe from Japan's all-woman Takarazuka Revue arrived in Taiwan to perform for a third time on Wednesday.
The 39-member Star Troupe will stage 14 performances at the National Theater in Taipei from Saturday to Oct. 28, and six more at a venue in the southern city of Kaohsiung from Nov. 2 to 5.
Welcoming the troupe members at Japan's de facto embassy in Taipei, Japanese chief representative to Taiwan Mikio Numata called them a "driving force behind advancing country-to-country relations."
The Takarazuka Revue performed for the first time in Taiwan in April 2013 to rave reviews. Following its second visit in August 2015, also to sell-out crowds, it received many requests to come again.
The upcoming performance will consist of two parts.
The first part is a new production, Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers, a martial-arts musical based on a Japanese-Taiwanese glove puppetry television series that has aired on Japanese TV.
The second part is a standard Takarazuka musical number, Killer Rouge, where the troupe's top star Yuzuru Kurenai, who plays a male character, will take center stage.
The Star Troupe is one of five main troupes.
Its leader Yuzumi Mari said most of its members have never performed in Taiwan before. She said they hope that audiences here will like their performance and that they can help advance relations between Taiwan and Japan.
Takarazuka Revue President Tomotsugu Ogawa said the troupe's final performance in Taipei will be live-streamed to audiences back home.
The revue has been active for more than a century, having given its debut performance in 1914. It made its first overseas tour in 1938 and has since performed around the world.