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Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (花より男子 The Musical () ) is a musical based on a manga by Yoko Kamio. The musical opened on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan and ran for over two weeks.[1] It concluded on February 14, after additional performances in Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka.[2][3] Yumi Suzuki was the director with Go Aoki as scriptwriter and Akimitsu Honma as composer.

Ririka Kato as Tsukushi Makino with Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, and Mackenyu as the F4 were cast on August 2015.[4] The supporting cast, including Nami Tamaki and Nao Furuhata, were announced in late September.[5] A South Korean version premiered in February 2017 featuring a brand new cast with Suzuki returning to direct.[6]

The musical follows Tsukushi (Kato), a "commoner" at Eitoku Academy. There she meets the F4, a clique led by Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsushita) who has taken over the school.

Cast and characters

Akira MimasakaRyuji KamiyamaSojiro NishikadoMackenyuRui HanazawaJin ShirasuTsukasa DomyojiYuya MatsushitaTsukushi MakinoRirika KatoMusical-cast
Ryo KimuraJunpei OribeNao FuruhataShizuka TodoNami TamakiYuriko AsaiKenichiro TeramotoRyotaro SakaguchiDai IwahashiAkiko KimuraMinako YamanoMomoko OtaishiErika AyuharaAsami IshiiMakiko EndoShiina IshimaruTomoko IkutaChieko MakinoKeigo YoshinoHaruo MakinoMusical-cast2

Cast and characters of Hana Yori Dango: The Musical
(click picture for the character and name for the actor)

Starring

Costarring

Ensemble

Staff

Performances

Theatre Creation (Tokyo, Japan)
1/5
(Tue)
1/6
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1/7
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1/8
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1/9
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1/10
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1/11
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1/13
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1/14
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2:00PM 2:00PM 1:00PM 1:00PM 1:00PM 2:00PM 2:00PM
7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6:00PM 7:00PM
1/15
(Fri)
1/16
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1/17
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1/19
(Tue)
1/20
(Wed)
1/21
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1/22
(Fri)
1/23
(Sat)
1/24
(Sun)
2:00PM 1:00PM 1:00PM 2:00PM 2:00PM 2:00PM 1:00PM 1:00PM
6:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 6:00PM
Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel Hall (Fukuoka, Japan)
1/28
(Thu)
7:00PM
Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Great Hall (Nagoya, Japan)
2/6
(Sat)
2/7
(Sun)
1:00PM
4:00PM
Sankei Hall Breeze (Osaka, Japan)
2/11
(Thu)
2/12
(Fri)
2/13
(Sat)
2/14
(Sun)
12:00PM 12:00PM 12:00PM
7:00PM 5:00PM

Production

Musical-poster

Original teaser poster

Hanadan-cast

Cast photo for the musical

Theatre-Creation

Theatre Creation in Tokyo

A musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was first announced in Margaret in April 2015.[16] Auditions for an open casting call for the role of Tsukushi Makino were held throughout April and May 2015. Applicants were required to be within the ages of 15 to 25, and have a good singing voice. Applications were open to both amateurs and professionals. Furthermore, applications were to include a resume, photos, and a CD of the applicant singing Ikimono-gakari's "Koi Suru Otome" and "Bluebird".[17]

On August 19, it was announced that Ririka Kato had won the lead role out of 3,000 participants. Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, and Ryuji Kamiyama were cast opposite Kato as the F4.[4] On September 18, the supporting cast, namely Ryo Kimura, Nao Furuhata, Nami Tamaki, Tomoko Ikuta, and Keigo Yoshino, were revealed.[18][5]

On October 23, 2015, a press conference was broadcast live on the streaming service, NicoNico. The main and supporting cast as well as composer Akimitsu Honma, and director Yumi Suzuki were present at the conference.[19][20][21] Daily practice for the musical began on November 18[10] and concluded on December 30.[22] It opened on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan. A press conference[23] and public practice was held before the opening.[3]

The Tokyo performances of the musical were met with a warm response.[24] The popularity allowed for two cast send-offs on January 19 and 21, 2016. Fans were allowed to take photos and shake hands with Matsushita, Shirasu, Kamiyama, Mackenyu, Kato, Kimura, Tamaki, and Furuhata.[25] The musical concluded its last Tokyo performance on January 24.[26] It ran for eight more performances in Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka, before coming to a close on February 14.[2][3]

Promotion

F4-TGS2

F4 at the Tokyo Game Show

Musical-cafe

F4 menu at Café Chapeau

Margaret, the manga magazine that published Boys Over Flowers, regularly promoted the musical during the months before its premiere.[27] Matsushita, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Mackenyu had their first appearance as the F4 at the Tokyo Game Show on September 19, 2015 to cross-promote Voltage's mobile game, Hana Yori Dango: F4 and First Kiss.[28][29] Tamaki also joined them for a short time at the venue.[30]

Shirasu and Kamiyama made a special appearance at the Hibiya Chanter lighting ceremony on November 21. The ceremony was presented by RiRiKA and MARiE of Phantas Magoric with the stage actor, Kenji Urai.[31][32] Many of the cast members, including Kato and Matsushita, performed at the same venue for the Chanter Winter Fair on November 28.[33][34] RiRiKA also moderated that event.[35]

On November 27, Kato and several cast members performed at NHK Hall for the "Honma Festival 2015". The event was held in honor of the musical's composer, Akimitsu Honma,[36] well known for his work with bands Porno Graffitti and Ikimono-gakari,[17] who also played at the festival.[37] The Honma Festival aired as a television special on BS SKY PerfecTV! on December 26.[38] On December 21, Amesta (アメスタ), an app, broadcasted special performances by Kato, Matsushita, and Mackenyu for the general public.[39]

Café Chapeau, located in the Hibiya Chanter building, provided a special menu related to the musical. It consisted of four marron chantilly desserts, each modeled after a member of the F4. The special desserts were only available during the musical's run in Tokyo.[40][41][42]

Interviews

  • Margaret No.18 (August 20)
  • BEST STAGE (October 27)
  • AJ Vol.09 (October 30)
  • Musical (November 5)
  • Margaret No.23 (November 5)
  • Monthly Lawson Ticket (November 15)
  • Margaret No.24 (November 20)
  • YOUPAPER Stage (December 10)
  • Junon (December 22)
  • Musical (January 5)

Kato, Matsushima, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Mackenyu did their first interview together for Margaret's August 2015 issue.[27] They did follow-up interviews with Margaret in November and December. A front row ticket was awarded to one of the magazine's readers.[43][44]

The cast continued giving interviews, mainly during December, in magazines such as YOUPAPER Stage, WiNK Up, and with.[45] Tomoko Ikuta, Kato, Matsushima, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Mackenyu also appeared on television to promote the musical in December.[46]

Print interviews
Date Magazine Issue Interviewees Notes
Aug 20 Margaret No.18 Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [27]
Oct 27 BEST STAGE Dec Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [47]
Oct 30 AJ Vol.09 Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [47]
Nov 5 Musical Vol.341 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [47]
Margaret No.23 Ririka Kato [44]
Nov 7 WiNK UP Dec Mackenyu [48]
Nov 15 Monthly Lawson Ticket No.101 Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu
Nov 20 Margaret No.24 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [44]
Dec 7 WiNK UP Jan Jin Shirasu [49]
Dec 8 Fujinkoron Jan 4 Mackenyu [45]
Dec 10 YOUPAPER Stage Vol.19 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [50]
Dec 12 +act. Jan Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [45]
Dec 19 BARFOUT! Vol.244 Jin Shirasu [45]
Dec 22 Junon Feb Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [45]
Dec 24 Stage PASH! Vol.06 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama [51]
Dec 25 anan No.1985 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu [45]
Dec 26 STAGE SQUARE Vol.18 Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu [45]
Dec 28 with 2 Mackenyu [52]
Dec 29 audition Feb Ririka Kato [53]
Theater Guide Vol.288 Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [54][55]
Jan 5 Musical Vol.343 Ryuji Kamiyama [56]
Online interviews
Date Website Link Interviewees Notes
Oct 16 eTheatrix [1] Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [57]
Oct 23 Yahoo! Japan Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu
Nov 15 Monthly Lawson Ticket [2] Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu
Dec 9 Deview Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama
Dec 16 Enter Stage [3] Ryuji Kamiyama
Dec 18 Crea Web [4] Jin Shirasu
Dec 21 Mainichi [5] Yumi Suzuki
Dec 22 Enter Stage [6] Mackenyu
Dec 24 Omoshii [7] Yuya Matsushita, Yumi Suzuki
Dec 25 Pia] [8] Ririka Kato [58]
Dec 28 Enter Stage [9] Jin Shirasu
All About [10] Yuya Matsushita
Dec 30 Model Press [11] Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu
Enter Stage [12] Yuya Matsushita
Jan 1 Crea Web [13] Mackenyu
Jan 2 The TV [14] Jin Shirasu
Jan 3 The TV [15] Jin Shirasu
Crank-In! [16] Makenyu
Jan 7 The Japan Times [17] Yumi Suzuki
Theater Forecast [18] Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu
Jan 12 OZ Mall [19] Yuya Matsushita
TV interviews
Date Show Interviewees Notes
Dec 12 Pi-ticke Plus Tomoko Ikuta [46]
Dec 16 Piko & Hyodo of Pichike-Pachike Tomoko Ikuta [46]
Dec 17 Saijiki Tomoko Ikuta [46]
Dec 22 Fondue! Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [59]
Dec 25 PON! Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu [60]

Merchandise

Several items related to Hana Yori Dango: The Musical were available for purchase at the venue, including performance programs (with or without a postcard), autograph posters, etc. Regarding the autograph posters, only ten will be sold per performance.[61][62] Merchandise sales had different guidelines in each city.[63][64]

DVD release

The musical was released on DVD on July 10, 2016 to those who pre-ordered it at the venue.[65] It was released to the public on September 21, 2016 by Pony Canyon.[66][67] The set contains two discs with "Act 1" being on the first and "Act 2" on the second, both lasting around eighty-four minutes.[68]

Adaptation

Main article: Boys Over Flowers: The Musical

A Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango: The Musical was announced in November 2016.[70] Yumi Suzuki returned to direct, along with Go Aoki as scriptwriter and Akimitsu Honma as composer. It premiered on February 24, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea at Hongik University Daehakro Art Center Grand Theater.[71] The musical ran for eighty-eight performances, before ending on May 7.

Videos

Notes

Yoko-Kamio-Theatre-illustration

Kamio's drawing for Theatre Creation

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