Popular stage performer Yuki Amami was rushed to the hospital after a performance at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on Monday and doctors said she suffered from a myocardial infarction, or a mild heart attack. The 45 year old actress was admitted to the hospital and will have to take a 7-10 day bed rest.
Amami, a former Takarazuka Revue star, was starring in “L’honneur de Napoleon” and after the show, she complained she was feeling sluggish and weak. She was rushed to the hospital where she received her prognosis after being examined by her doctors. She was scheduled to appear on stage until May 12 and wanted to continue on, despite her condition. However, she later relented and chose to prioritize her recuperation by resigning from the production. The performances on Wednesday and Thursday were canceled, but Rie Miyazawa will take over for the rest of the staging.
Amami was a member of the famed Takarazuka Revue, a Japanese all-female musical theater troupe. She joined as a 20 year old in 1987 and became the youngest actress in the company’s history to become an otokoyaku, or someone who takes on male roles. She played the role of Rhett Butler in the reveu’s staging of Gone With the Wind. After she left in 1995, she continued acting in TV shows and movies. Her most notable role was as the teacher Maya Akutsu, the main character in the hit TV drama The Queen’s Classroom.
[ via Tokyo Hive ]
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