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

In August 2015, Ririka Kato was cast as Tsukushi Makino along with Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Ryuji Kamiyama, and Mackenyu Arata as the F4.[4] Further cast members, including Nami Tamaki and Nao Furuhata, were revealed in September.[5] A South Korean version premiered in 2017 featuring a rotating cast with Suzuki returning to direct.[6]

The musical follows Tsukushi (Kato), a regular student at Eitoku Academy. The school is controlled by the F4, a clique led by Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsushita). He quickly falls for Tsukushi, but she has feelings for Rui Hanazawa (Shirasu). She grows closer to Tsukasa after Rui leaves for France. Meanwhile, Junpei Oribe (Ryo Kimura) befriends Tsukushi.


Act 1[]

At Eitoku Academy, Tsukushi Makino (Ririka Kato) bumps into another student who quickly runs away in fear. He then gathers his things and leaves. Tsukushi is disgusted by her classmates whom either bully the student or do nothing to help him and only care about superficial things ("Good Morning"). The F4, whom have control of the school, arrive. Akira Mimasaka (Ryuji Kamiyama) enters first, followed by Sojiro Nishikado (Mackenyu Arata), Rui Hanazawa (Jin Shirasu), and Tsukasa Domyoji (Yuya Matsushita). Tsukushi, annoyed by them, runs to the emergency stairwell to yell her frustrations ("F4"). At lunchtime, the students eat their elegant lunch in the cafeteria ("Cafeteria"). Tsukushi walks in with her bento. A nervous Makiko Endo (Asami Ishii) asks to join her, which Tsukushi happily accepts.

Tsukushi and Makiko are having fun until the latter accidentally bumps into Tsukasa and pours water on him. He becomes angry and Tsukushi apologizes on behalf of her friend. Tsukasa insults her and her lunch, leading Tsukushi to stand up to him. She declares war on the F4 and, for a brief moment, feels elated. ("Declaration of War"). Before Tsukasa can hand her a red card, Tsukushi punches him. He is taken by surprised and actually smiles. Sojiro and Akira recall that he has only been treated this way by his sister. Akira eventually snaps Tsukasa out of his reverie. He then orders everyone to leave him alone with Tsukushi. Tsukasa attempts to impress Tsukushi with how great he is. She responds "Are you an idiot?" ("Me"). He is shocked by her reaction and calls back the F4 in order to give her the red card again.

As Tsukushi is wondering what to do, Junpei Oribe (Ryo Kimura) walks up and introduces himself. Though she finds him strange, there appears to be a budding friendship. Later, Yuriko Asai (Nami Tamaki), Erika Ayuhara (Momoko Otaishi), and Minako Yamano (Akiko Kimura) announce that it is time to "cut" down Tsukushi. The other students proceed to bully her, including Makiko. It ends in trash being thrown at her ("Cut Down Tsukushi"). In frustration, Tsukushi returns to the emergency stairwell where she meets Rui. He picks a piece of trash out of her hair and treats her with kindness, but leaves when she begins asking about the F4. Tsukushi finds herself thinking deeply about him, marking the beginning of her crush ("This Person Is Different"). Yuriko, Erika, and Minako overhear and are jealous.

Tsukasa orders some male students to scare Tsukushi. Sojiro and Akira then enter the room and begin teasing him about Tsukushi, comparing her to his sister ("Let's Fall in Love"). Later, the male students corner Tsukushi and get ready to shave her head. Rui orders them to leave her alone. She thanks him, but he only says that he does not like that sort of thing. Yuriko and her friends arrive to burst Tsukushi's bubble, revealing that Rui loves Shizuka Todo (Nao Furuhata) who will return soon. Somewhere else, Rui stares at Shizuka's poster for a campaign while Tsukushi remains in shock from the revelation ("You"). After school, Junpei visits Tsukushi's home and meets her parents, Chieko (Tomoko Ikuta) and Haruo Makino (Keigo Yoshino). When Tsukushi arrives, she quickly extricates Junpei from the apartment.

Now outside, Junpei asks Tsukushi about her and Tsukasa. Tsukushi laughs, leading her and Junpei to chat happily together. ("Friend"). Sometime later, Shizuka returns from France. Rui is overjoyed to see her. Tsukushi enters shortly and demands to see Tsukasa. She tells him off, which impresses Shizuka whom then introduces herself to Tsukushi. After being asked by Shizuka, Tsukasa reluctantly revokes the red card. Shizuka invites Tsukushi to her birthday party. Tsukushi accepts and leaves before Tsukasa can say anything else. Shizuka then joins Akira and Sojiro in teasing Tsukasa about Tsukushi. The three guys eventually leave to give Rui and Shizuka some time alone. Sojiro and Akira run into Tsukushi and begin telling her of Rui's childhood with Shizuka. Tsukushi starts to feel inferior ("Aiming Too High").

Tsukasa goes the Makinos' home with presents. Her parents are impressed when they learn he is the heir to Domyoji Group. At Shizuka's birthday party, Tsukushi arrives wearing one of the dresses gifted by Tsukasa. Shizuka surprises everyone by revealing her plans to leave Japan and follow her dreams. Rui is devastated and rushes off. Once alone with Tsukushi, Tsukasa asks if she likes Rui. He can tell her answer from her reaction ("In the Season of Flowers"). Some time later, Tsukushi meets Shizuka at the airport and begs her to stay. Shizuka explains her reasons for leaving ("When Choosing a Path"). The F4 arrive soon after Shizuka's departure. Tsukushi shouts at Rui to go after her. He reveals that he already planned to and thanks Tsukushi before leaving. Afterwards, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi out on a date.

Act 2[]

Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on their first date to an amusement park. They are also joined by Sojiro, Akira, and their dates ("Wonderland"). The two enter the haunted house, where they are frightened by a guy playing a ghost. Another guy enters wearing a mask whom also appears to work there. He comes up to Tsukasa and stabs him in the leg. Tsukasa falls over and Tsukushi screams for help. Meanwhile in France, Rui feels neglected by Shizuka who is often busy. They argue and he makes some implications about someone named Mayol. The pair seem to have grown apart ("Two in Paris"). Later, Junpei visits Tsukushi's parents again. Haruo informs him about Tsukasa being stabbed. Junpei appears to be interested in Tsukushi, but her mother stubbornly insists on her potential to be with Tsukasa ("No Matter What").

At the hospital, Tsukushi visits Tsukasa and nags him about eating his food. She asks about his parents, whom he reveals are both in America. Tsukushi feels sympathy for him. Tsukasa confesses his feelings for her and then kisses her ("I Love You"). Tsukushi is nearly about to leave when Sojiro and Akira enter to announce Rui's arrival. Tsukasa notices Tsukushi staring at Rui. He puts his arm around her and claims that they are dating. The other three guys leave to celebrate Rui's return. Tsukushi quickly rushes out of the room shortly after them. That night, Rui visits the spot Shizuka's pictures used to be. Tsukushi happens by and he offers to walk her home. She asks after Shizuka, which he avoids answering. Concerned, Tsukushi asks if he is okay. Rui laughs it off and they continue walking.

Tsukushi arrives at home and says goodbye to Rui. Her parents asks if the guy was Tsukasa. She avoids answering, though her mother nags her until she reveals who it was. Chieko recognizes his name and cheers happily with husband. Tsukushi leaves in annoyance ("Happy, Right?"). The next day, Minako and Erika are talking about Rui's return when Yuriko runs up. She reveals that Shizuka is engaged to Jean P. Mayol. The girls excitedly speculate on their chances with Rui ("Chance"). Having overheard, Tsukushi rushes to the emergency exit where she finds a depressed Rui. He confirms the rumors about Mayol. Seeing Tsukushi's sympathy, he laments not falling for a girl like her. The two then hold each other ("Two People"). Tsukasa opens the door right at that moment. Rui lets go of Tsukushi upon noticing him.

Tsukasa attempts to leave, but Tsukushi asks him to wait. His feelings quickly turn to anger and he issues a warning to Tsukushi and Rui, before leaving ("Be Prepared"). Rui apologizes and then leaves as well. Tsukushi feels terrible about the situation. While grappling with her feelings, she wonders if she has acted selfishly ("As You Please"). Junpei then arrives, informing Tsukushi that she is in trouble. He reveals that Tsukasa has issued another red card and drags her away. The other students begin searching for Tsukushi. Sojiro and Akira are confused about what has happened and decide to look for Tsukasa ("Cut Down Tsukushi"). Meanwhile, Junpei has tied up Tsukushi in a storeroom behind the school. His accomplices arrive. Junpei then explains to Tsukushi that they are using her to get back at Tsukasa.

Shortly, Tsukasa arrives in the storeroom and confronts Junpei, whom wants revenge for his brother. Junpei and his accomplices each take turns hitting and kicking Tsukasa. He does not protect himself since they are threatening Tsukushi with a knife. Junpei ups the ante and nearly hits Tsukasa with a chair when Tsukushi throws herself in front of him ("Cut Down Tsukasa"). She attempts to appeal to his emotions. He does drop the chair, but punches Tsukasa one more time before collapsing in frustration. Rui, Akira, and Sojiro arrive at that moment. The three guys make quick work of Junpei's accomplices whom soon leave humiliated. Next, Sojiro and Akira grab Junpei and ask Tsukasa what to do with him. He surprisingly says to let him go. Junpei apologizes to Tsukushi, whom does not reply, before leaving.

Tsukushi asks Tsukasa why he did not fight back. He explains that he could not protect her if he did. She then hugs him. After the others leave, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi about her feelings. She avoids answering. Tsukasa leans in to kiss her and she then runs away ("Love Never Stops"). Meanwhile, Chieko daydreams about Tsukushi marrying rich. Haruo reminds his wife that her happiness is more important. Chieko contemplates it and agrees ("Let's Fall in Love"). Later, Tsukushi learns that Tsukasa has decided to go to New York. She slaps him and he realizes that she does not want him to go. Frustrated, Sojiro and Akira beg Tsukushi to accept her feelings. She remains stubborn ("This Is Love"). Tsukasa hugs her, but she punches him like she did when they first met. Everyone comes onstage for one final dance ("Let's Fall in Love").

Cast and characters[]





  • Ryo Kimura briefly portrays Kimoto in the song "Good Morning."
  • Nao Furuhata appears as an Eitoku student for part of Act 1.
  • Nami Tamaki portrays Akira's date in the song "Wonderland."
  • Ensemble plays a variety of roles, including Eitoku students, bellhops, park goers, Junpei's henchmen, etc.



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Original teaser poster


Promo photo of the cast

In April 2015, a musical adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was announced in Margaret.[17] An open casting call for the role of Tsukushi Makino was held for two months. Applications were open to amateurs and professionals with an age and singing voice requirement.[18] On August 19, it was announced that Ririka Kato had won the lead role out of 3,000 applicants. Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu Arata, and Ryuji Kamiyama were cast as the F4.[4] On September 18, the supporting cast was revealed.[19][5]

Daily practice for Hana Yori Dango: The Musical began on November 18[10] and concluded on December 30.[20] The musical opened on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan.[3] It concluded its last Tokyo performance on January 24 after a total of twenty-five performances.[21] The musical subsequently moved on to Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka. It came to a close on February 14 after eight additional performances.[2]



Cast at the press conference


Café Chapeau's menu


Cast on YOUPAPER Stage

Main article: Hana Yori Dango: The Musical/Promotion

On September 19, 2015, Matsushita, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Arata made their first appearance as the F4 at the Tokyo Game Show to cross-promote Voltage's mobile game Hana Yori Dango: F4 and First Kiss.[22][23] Nami Tamaki also joined them for a brief appearance.[24] A press conference took place on October 23 with the cast and director Yumi Suzuki. It was also broadcast live on the video hosting service, NicoNico.[25]

Several members of the cast, including Kato, Matsushita, Shirasu, and Kamiyama, performed at the Honma Festival on November 27. The event was held in honor of the musical's composer Akimitsu Honma.[26] The following day, Kato, Matsushita, Shirasu, and Kamiyama performed songs from the musical at the Hibiya Chanter.[27][28] On December 21, Kamiyama, Tamaki, Ryo Kimura, and Nao Furuhata had special performances broadcast live on the application, Amesta.[29]

On opening night, a press call for Hana Yori Dango: The Musical was held for the media.[3] During the Tokyo run, Café Chapeau in the Hibiya Chanter building provided a special menu inspired by the F4. It consisted of four marron chantilly deserts.[30][31] To celebrate the musical's success, two cast send-offs were organized for January 19 and 21, 2016. Fans were allowed to take photos and shake hands with the cast.[32]


Kato, Matsushima, Shirasu, Kamiyama, and Arata did their first interview together for Margaret's August 2015 issue.[33] They did follow-up interviews with Margaret in November and December. A front row ticket for the musical was also awarded to one of the magazine's readers.[34][35] The cast continued giving interviews, mainly during December, in magazines such as YOUPAPER Stage, WiNK Up, and with.[36] Some of the cast also appeared on television to promote the musical.[37]

Home media[]

The January 19, 2016 showing[38] of the musical was released on DVD on July 10, 2016 to those who pre-ordered it at the venue.[39] It was released to the public on September 21, 2016 by Pony Canyon.[40][41] The set contains two discs with "Act 1" being on the first and "Act 2" on the second, both lasting around eighty-four minutes.[42]


Main article: Hana Yori Dango: The Musical/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.[44]



Hana Yori Dango The Musical - I Love You


Hana Yori Dango The Musical - Love Never Stops


Hana Yori Dango The Musical - This Is Love

Act 1[45]

  • "Good Morning" (おはよう () ) – Tsukushi & Ensemble
  • "F4" – Ensemble
  • "Cafeteria" (カフェテリア () ) – Ensemble
  • "Declaration of War" (宣戦布告 () ) – Tsukushi
  • "Me" (俺様 () ) – Tsukasa
  • "Cut Down Tsukushi" (つくしを刈れ () ) – Yuriko, Erika & Minako
  • "That Person Is Different" (あの人は違う () ) – Tsukushi
  • "Cut Down Tsukushi" (Reprisal 1) – Yuriko, Erika & Minako
  • "Let's Fall in Love" (恋をしよう () )[46] – Sojiro & Akira
  • "You" (あなた () ) – Rui
  • "Friend" (ともだち () ) – Tsukushi & Junpei
  • "Aiming Too High" (高望み () )[47] – Tsukushi
  • "In the Season of Flowers" (花の季節に () ) – Tsukasa & Tsukushi
  • "When Choosing a Path" (道を選ぶときは () ) – Shizuka
  • "In the Season of Flowers" (Reprisal 1) – Tsukushi

Act 2

  • "Wonderland" – Tsukasa, Sojiro, Akira, Tsukushi, Chieko, Haruo
  • "Two in Paris" (パリの二人 () ) – Shizuka & Rui
  • "No Matter What" (何がなくても () ) – Junpei, Chieko & Haruo
  • "I Love You" – Tsukasa
  • "In the Season of Flowers" (Reprisal 2) – Tsukushi
  • "You" (Reprisal) – Rui
  • "Happy, Right?" (うれしいね () ) – Chieko & Haruo
  • "Chance" (チャンス () ) – Yuriko, Erika & Minako
  • "Two People" (ふたりは () ) – Rui & Tsukushi
  • "Be Prepared" (覚悟を決める () ) – Tsukasa, Tsukushi & Rui
  • "As You Please" (心のままに () ) – Tsukushi
  • "Cut Down Tsukushi" (Reprisal 2) – Yuriko, Erika & Minako
  • "Cut Down Tsukasa" (司を刈れ () ) – Junpei
  • "Love Never Stops" (恋は止まらない () ) – Tsukasa & Tsukushi
  • "Let's Fall in Love" (Reprisal 1) – Chieko & Haruo
  • "This Is Love" (これが愛 () ) – Sojiro & Akira
  • "Let's Fall in Love" (Reprisal 2) – Everyone


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Kamio's illustration

  • 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.[48] She was present at the premiere[49] and attended a total of five times. During the run, she presented several drawings to cast members, including Ririka Kato.[50]

  • Naohito Fujiki, who was the first actor to play Rui Hanazawa, attended the premiere and posed for a photo with Jin Shirasu.[51]
  • Saki, Yuriko Asai in Hana Yori Dango (2005), saw an early January performance. She posed for a photo with Kato and Nami Tamaki.[52]

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    See also[]

    Boys Over Flowers adaptations
    Television series

    Boys Over Flowers (1996-1997) | Meteor Garden (2001) | Meteor Rain (2001) | Meteor Garden II (2002)
    Hana Yori Dango (2005) | Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) | Boys Over Flowers (2009) | Meteor Garden (2018)
    F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers (2021-2022)


    Hana Yori Dango (1995) | Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997) | Hana Yori Dango Final (2008)


    Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016) | Boys Over Flowers: The Musical (2017) | Hana Yori Dango (2019)

    Audio drama

    Hana Yori Dango (1993-1994)

    See also

    Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (2018)

    Further reading[]

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