Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (
The musical was announced in Margaret in April 2015. Ririka Kato as Tsukushi Makino with Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, and Mackenyu as the F4 were cast on August 19, followed by Nami Tamaki, Nao Furuhata, Ryo Kimura, Tomoko Ikuta, and Keigo Yoshino on September 18. A South Korean version premiered in February 2017 featuring a brand new cast with Suzuki returning to direct.
Cast and characters
Other Eitoku students
- Script: Go Aoki
- Director: Yumi Suzuki
- Music: Akimitsu Honma
- Art: Shusaku Futamura
- Organizers: Toho, Cube, 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)|
ProductionHana Yori Dango: The Musical was announced in the tenth issue Margaret in April 2015. Auditions for a country-wide, 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 also 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 had Ririka Kato won the role of Tsukushi out of 3,000 participants. Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, and Ryuji Kamiyama were cast opposite Kato as the F4. On September 18, Ryo Kimura, Nao Furuhata, Nami Tamaki, Tomoko Ikuta, and Keigo Yoshino's roles were announced.
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. Daiy practice for the musical began on November 18, 2015 and concluded on December 30.The musical opened on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan. A press conference and public practice was held before the opening. For the lobby, Yoko Kamio drew a special illustration of Tsukushi and the F4. She was also present at the first performance, along with Naohito Fujiki, the first actor to play Rui Hanazawa. Saki Seto, Yuriko Asai in Hana Yori Dango, also saw one of the early shows.
The Tokyo performances of the musical were met with a warm response. The popularity allowed for two cast send-offs. Fans were allowed to take photos and shake hand with Matsushita, Shirasu, Kamiyama, Mackenyu, Kato, Kimura, and Tamaki on January 19 at the venue's front lobby. On January 21, Kato, the F4 actors, and Furuhata were available. The musical concluded its last performance in Tokyo on January 24. It ran for eight more performances in Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka, before coming to a close on February 14.
PromotionThe musical was first promoted by Margaret in their magazine. It was regularly featured in the magazine and on their website throughout the months before the release. Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, and Mackenyu made their official 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. Nami Tamaki also joined them for a short time at the venue.
Jin Shirasu and Ryuji 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. Many of the cast members, including Ririka Kato and Yuya Matsushita performed at the same venue for the Chanter Winter Fair on November 28. RiRiKA also moderated that event.
On November 27, Ririka Kato and others 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, special performances by Kato, Matsushita, and Mackenyu were available to the general public through the app Amesta (アメスタ).
Café Chapeau, located in the Hibiya Chanter building, provided a special menu related to Hana Yori Dango: The Musical. The menu consisted of four Marron Chantilly desserts, one for each member of the F4. The special items became unavailable after the last Tokyo performance.
The main cast of the musical did their first interview together for Margaret in the August 2015 issue. Ririka Kato returned to Margaret for the November issue, while the F4 actors did a follow-up interview released in Margaret 's twenty-fourth issue. Reportedly, someone won a front row ticket to one of the Tokyo performances through the magazine.
Several other interviews were published online and in print. Many were released mainly during December in magazines such as YOUPAPER Stage, WiNK Up, and with. Tomoko Ikuta as well as Ririka Kato and the F4 actors were also interviewed for television on various shows 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 26||Sankei Express||||Go Aoki|
|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 9||Sankei||||Go Aoki|
|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|||
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.
The musical was first released on DVD on July 10, 2016 and delivered to those who pre-ordered it at the venue. It was officially 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||
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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 University Daehakro Art Center Grand Theater. The musical ran for eighty-eight performances, before ending on May 7.