Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (
Ririka Kato as Tsukushi Makino with Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, and Mackenyu as the F4 were cast on August 2015. The supporting cast, including Nami Tamaki and Nao Furuhata, were announced in late September. A South Korean version premiered in February 2017 featuring a brand new cast with Suzuki returning to direct.
Cast and characters
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Script: Go Aoki
- Director: Yumi Suzuki
- Music: Akimitsu Honma
- Art: Shusaku Futamura
- Organizers: Toho, Cube, Inc., Nelke Planning
- Planning and cooperation: Shueisha Margaret editorial department
- Band: Tatsuya (piano and keyboard),, Kazuya Yamaguchi (guitar), Itsuma Takano (bass guitar), Akira Koinuma (drums and percussion), Mizuka Fujii (keyboard)
|Theatre Creation (Tokyo, Japan)|
|Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel Hall (Fukuoka, Japan)|
|Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Great Hall (Nagoya, Japan)|
|Sankei Hall Breeze (Osaka, Japan)|
ProductionA musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was first announced in Margaret in April 2015. 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".
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. On September 18, the supporting cast, namely Ryo Kimura, Nao Furuhata, Nami Tamaki, Tomoko Ikuta, and Keigo Yoshino, were revealed.
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. Daily practice for the musical began on November 18 and concluded on December 30. It opened on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan. A press conference and public practice was held before the opening.
The Tokyo performances of the musical were met with a warm response. 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. The musical concluded its last Tokyo performance on January 24. It ran for eight more performances in Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka, before coming to a close on February 14.
PromotionMargaret, the manga magazine that published Boys Over Flowers, regularly promoted the musical during the months before its premiere. 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. Tamaki also joined them for a short time at the venue.
Shirasu and Kamiyama made a special appearance at the Hibiya Chanter lighting ceremony on November 21. It was presented by RiRiKA and MARiE of Phantas Magoric with the stage actor, Kenji Urai. Many of the cast members, including Kato and Matsushita, performed at the same venue for the Chanter Winter Fair on November 28. RiRiKA also moderated that event.
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, well known for his work with bands Porno Graffitti and Ikimono-gakari, who also played at the festival. The Honma Festival aired as a television special on BS SKY PerfecTV! on December 26. On December 21, Amesta (アメスタ), an app, broadcasted special performances by Kato, Matsushita, and Mackenyu for the general public.
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.
Kato, Matsushima, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Mackenyu did their first interview together for Margaret's August 2015 issue. They did follow-up interviews with Margaret in November and December. A front row ticket was awarded to one of the magazine's readers.
The cast continued giving interviews, mainly during December, in magazines such as YOUPAPER Stage, WiNK Up, and with. Tomoko Ikuta, Kato, Matsushima, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Mackenyu also appeared on television to promote the musical in December.
|Aug 20||Margaret||No.18||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Oct 27||BEST STAGE||Dec||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Oct 30||AJ||Vol.09||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Nov 5||Musical||Vol.341||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Nov 7||WiNK UP||Dec||Mackenyu|||
|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|||
|Dec 7||WiNK UP||Jan||Jin Shirasu|||
|Dec 8||Fujinkoron||Jan 4||Mackenyu|||
|Dec 10||YOUPAPER Stage||Vol.19||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Dec 12||+act.||Jan||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Dec 19||BARFOUT!||Vol.244||Jin Shirasu|||
|Dec 22||Junon||Feb||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Dec 24||Stage PASH!||Vol.06||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Dec 25||anan||No.1985||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu|||
|Dec 26||STAGE SQUARE||Vol.18||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu|||
|Dec 29||audition||Feb||Ririka Kato|||
|Theater Guide||Vol.288||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Jan 5||Musical||Vol.343||Ryuji Kamiyama|||
|Oct 16||eTheatrix||||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Oct 23||Yahoo! Japan||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|
|Nov 15||Monthly Lawson Ticket||||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|
|Dec 9||Deview||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, Ryuji Kamiyama|
|Dec 16||Enter Stage||||Ryuji Kamiyama|
|Dec 18||Crea Web||||Jin Shirasu|
|Dec 21||Mainichi||||Yumi Suzuki|
|Dec 22||Enter Stage||||Mackenyu|
|Dec 24||Omoshii||||Yuya Matsushita, Yumi Suzuki|
|Dec 25||Pia]||||Ririka Kato|||
|Dec 28||Enter Stage||||Jin Shirasu|
|All About||||Yuya Matsushita|
|Dec 30||Model Press||||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|
|Enter Stage||||Yuya Matsushita|
|Jan 1||Crea Web||||Mackenyu|
|Jan 2||The TV||||Jin Shirasu|
|Jan 3||The TV||||Jin Shirasu|
|Jan 7||The Japan Times||||Yumi Suzuki|
|Theater Forecast||||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|
|Jan 12||OZ Mall||||Yuya Matsushita|
|Dec 12||Pi-ticke Plus||Tomoko Ikuta|||
|Dec 16||Piko & Hyodo of Pichike-Pachike||Tomoko Ikuta|||
|Dec 17||Saijiki||Tomoko Ikuta|||
|Dec 22||Fondue!||Ririka Kato, Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
|Dec 25||PON!||Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, Mackenyu|||
The musical was released on DVD on July 10, 2016 to those who pre-ordered it at the venue. It was released to the public on September 21, 2016 by Pony Canyon. The set contains two discs with "Act 1" being on the first and "Act 2" on the second, both lasting around eighty-four minutes.
|September 21, 2016||
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. Merchandise sales had different guidelines in each city.
- Main article: Boys Over Flowers: The Musical
A Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango: The Musical was announced in November 2016. 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 Daehangno Art Center. The musical ran for eighty-eight performances, before ending on May 7.
- Boys Over Flowers creator Yoko Kamio drew an illustration of Tsukushi and the F4 that was placed in the lobby of the venue during the musical's duration. She was present at the premiere and attended a total of five times. During the run, she presented several drawings to cast members, including Ririka Kato.
- Naohito Fujiki, who was the first actor to play Rui Hanazawa, attended the premiere and posed for a photo with Jin Shirasu.
- Saki Seto, Yuriko Asai in Hana Yori Dango (2005), saw an early January performance. She posed for a photo with Kato and Nami Tamaki.
- Tanaka, Nobuko (January 7, 2016). "'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage". The Japan Times.