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Hana Yori Dango (
The musical is comprised of two acts, lasting a total of two hours and thirty minutes. On June 29, 2019, theaters in Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong showed a live broadcast of the musical. The same broadcast was released on blu-ray on September 28 of the same year. Hana Yori Dango concluded on July 2 after twenty-four performances.
Tsukushi Makino (Shiroki), a girl from an average family, is a student at Eitoku Academy, where she meets the infamous F4. Her life becomes complicated when Tsukasa Domyoji (Yuzuka) falls for her. Though they eventually become close, she remains unsure of her feelings for him. Their love story culminates at the Teen of Japan contest.
The F4, Tsukasa Domyoji (Rei Yuzuka), Rui Hanazawa (Asuka Seino), Akira Mimasaka (Kei Yunami), and Sojiro Nishikado (Raito Kinami), open the musical ("Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—"). Tsukasa recounts meeting Tsukushi Makino (Mirei Shiroki) in the spring. The scene changes to Tsukushi entering Eitoku Academy. Being from a poor family, she has no interest in her classmates' obsession with brand names and only wants to go unnoticed until graduation ("Good Morning Eitoku Academy"). Transfer student Sakurako Sanjo (Kurisu Oto) introduces herself to Tsukushi, who informs her about the F4. They control the school and give red cards to those who defy them, resulting in the student being bullied. Everyone is frightened of the F4, while also admiring their good looks and wealth ("School Rulers—F4").
When the F4 enter the school, the students sing their praises. One student brings Kimoto's friend to Tsukasa, who threatens him with the same fate. He then beats him up. Tsukushi runs to the fire escape to yell her true feelings ("We Love F4"). At lunchtime, Sakurako walks into the cafeteria, where she is welcomed by a waiter (Mitsuki Haryu) ("Luxury Lunch Time"). Tsukushi arrives and invites Sakurako to eat with her. The two girls are just becoming friends when Sakurako bumps into Tsukasa and then pours water on him by accident. Though she apologizes, Tsukasa threatens her which leads to Tsukushi stepping in. He insults their friendship. Angry, Tsukushi declares war on the F4 and kicks Tsukasa, before storming off ("Declaration of War"). Tsukasa immediately begins plotting on how to get her expelled.
At work, Tsukushi laments that her being unnoticed will be impossible now. Her best friend and coworker, Yuki Matsuoka (Kotono Asanoha), asks questions about the F4 before being called to the back of the store. To herself, Tsukushi admits that she is scared but declares "I won't lose!" The next day, Tsukasa orders three male students to "drive out" Tsukushi. When she arrives, she finds a red card in her locker. The other students begin bullying her ruthlessly ("Kick Out—Banished"). Later at the fire escape, the three students attempt to assault Tsukushi. Rui makes them stop. When she thanks him, he replies "Don't get the wrong idea. I just don't like this sort of thing." Tsukushi, however, is not put-off by his gruff behavior and instead seems to have developed a crush on him ("Flowers—Love's Flower—").
Yuriko Asai (Yume Marika), Erika Ayuhara (Moeka Wakakusa), and Minako Yamano (Natsuki Suzumina) reveal to Tsukushi that Rui is in love with Shizuka Todo (Ririka Kaga) whom will be returning from France soon. Meanwhile, Rui stares at Shizuka's poster for a modelling campaign. Later, the students report back to Tsukasa. Tsukasa's irritation at Rui's interference dissipates as new feelings start to blossom ("Flower—Love's Flower—"). He subsequently has Tsukushi kidnapped and brought to his house. There she is given a makeover ("Metamorphoses"). She is then ushered into a room, where Tsukasa makes an offer to "keep [her] around." Tsukushi, feeling insulted, declares that she is not someone who can be bought. She then punches him, before leaving ("A Walking Brand Man and a No Brand Woman").
On her way from Tsukasa's house, Tsukushi meets Rui. She wonders what money cannot buy and realizes that his smile is one such thing. The following day, Shizuka surprises Rui when she shows up at Eitoku. She is then greeted by the rest of the F4. They are interrupted by Tsukushi accusing Tsukasa of writing rumors about her. Shizuka is amazed by her courage and convinces Tsukasa to rescind the red card, before inviting her to her birthday party. Once the others leave, Shizuka asks Rui if he likes Tsukushi. He answers "I don't," leading Shizuka to ask how much he likes her. Meanwhile, Sojiro and Akira tell Tsukushi about Rui's childhood with Shizuka. Yuriko and her friends shortly run up to her and encourage her to go to the party, claiming it will be casual. Tsukushi arrives, sticking out like a sore thumb ("Party Night").
Yuriko, Erika, and Minako proceed to bully Tsukushi, revealing that they actually wrote the rumors. Tsukasa forces them to leave her alone. Tsukushi rejects his help, informing him that it is his fault and that she hates everything about him. Shizuka then takes Tsukushi to her room to lend her a dress and fix her make-up and hair. Meanwhile, Tsukasa orders his hairdresser (Runa Saezuki) to straighten his hair. Returning to the party, Shizuka makes a huge announcement. She reveals that she will be returning to France and give up her family name, leaving Rui devastated. Tsukasa asks Tsukushi if she is happy about her rival leaving. Tsukushi is hurt and declares "I hate you!" Tsukasa laments why he cannot be honest about his feelings and eventually resolves to confess to Tsukushi ("Honest Man").
At the airport, Tsukushi begs Shizuka to remain in Japan for Rui's sake. Shizuka compares her decision to shopping overseas, telling Tsukushi that she does not want to have regrets. Tsukasa, Sojiro, and Akira arrive and Shizuka says goodbye. Rui shows up shortly, revealing he has been watching. Tsukushi yells at him to "go after her." Rui then says that he is on the next flight. After saying goodbye, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi on a date to an amusement park. That Sunday, it starts to rain while Tsukasa waits for her. She shows up four hours late. They decide to get on the Ferris wheel ("Flower Land"). It breaks down, resulting in them being stuck. Tsukasa has developed a fever, so Tsukushi takes care of him. In the morning, he leans in to kiss her, which a member of the Newspaper Club takes a photo of ("Rumors").
Later, Tsukushi is invited to a night club by some classmates. There she thinks she sees Sakurako dancing. A guy, whom resembles Rui, flirts with Tsukushi and gives her a drink ("Dangerous Night"). In the morning, she wakes up in a hotel room by herself. Tsukushi later calls Yuki, who tells her to be honest with Tsukasa. At school, photos of Tsukushi with the guy have been circulated. Tsukasa is devastated and leaves Tsukushi with the bullies, despite her pleas for him to believe her ("Kick Out—Banished"). Tsukushi runs to Sakurako, who instead of helping her, ties her up in the storeroom. She reveals that she was behind everything and wants revenge on Tsukasa. When he arrives, Sakurako orders her men to beat him. He fails to take notice of her, leading Sakurako to leave in misery ("Elegy of Beautiful Things").
Tsukushi questions why Tsukasa did not fight back. He then proclaims "I love you!" She apologizes for not telling him about going to the club. Tsukasa holds her, before questioning "how far" she want with the guy. Denying it, she asks if he is jealous. He confirms his jealousy and then kisses her. The next day, the Newspaper Club declares that Tsukushi and Tsukasa are a couple again ("Rumors"). Then Yuriko shows off Sakurako's old yearbook, revealing that she has had plastic surgery. Tsukushi stands up for her, though she admits that she has not forgiven her yet. Sakurako cries and runs off. Tsukasa arrives and gives Tsukushi's a phone to contact him with. Sojiro and Akira tease the two ("Good Morning Eitoku Academy"). Rui then surprisingly shows up, leading both Tsukushi and Tsukasa to wonder what will happen next.
Rui surprises his friends with his sudden return. After Rui greets Tsukushi, Tsukasa puts his arm around her and claims that they are now dating. Once the other three leave, Tsukasa informs Tsukushi that he wants to bring her to his family's vacation home. She protests that her parents would not approve, but Tsukasa promises to call them later. Later, the F4 and Tsukushi arrive at Tsukasa's family's private island ("Beach Summer Paradise"). Sojiro has brought along two girls, Hiroko (Kurara Kotomi) and Noriko (Koko Miyahime), whom Rui openly flirts with. Tsukushi is shocked by this new side of Rui, telling him "You seem different." He suggests that Tsukushi date him instead of Tsukasa, but then laughs it off as a joke. After Rui leaves, Sakurako greets Tsukushi. She thanks her for defending her and asks to stay friends.
Tsukasa shows Tsukushi her room, before hugging her and revealing that they will be sharing it. He promises to sleep on the sofa since she has not told him her feelings yet. Later that night, Sojiro and Akira learn about Shizuka's engagement and ask Rui if he is okay with it. Rui says it is "over" between him and Shizuka. After overhearing the news, Tsukushi finds Rui at the beach. He asks her to hold him and tells her about his time in France. He feels that he cannot do anything for Shizuka. Tsukushi sympathizes with him, leading Rui to wonder why he did not fall for a "woman like her" and kisses her. Tsukasa, witnessing the scene, and is shattered. Tsukushi tries to apologizes, but he tells her to "never speak to [him] again." Rui promises to be there for Tsukushi, leaving Tsukasa alone ("Flowers—Love's Flower—").
Back at home, Tsukushi is welcomed by her parents, Chieko (Rino Mihana) and Haruo (Mizuki Takasho), and her brother, Susumu (Tsukasa Aoki). They speculate about her marrying into wealth, but she says it is impossible. She then walks off to think by herself ("Flowers—Love's Flower—"). At school, Sojiro and Akira confront Rui about what happened. Tsukasa then banishes him from the F4. Tsukushi tries to talk to Tsukasa, but he ignores her. She apologizes to Rui, who insists that she is not at fault and invites her to go somewhere on Sunday. Later, Chieko informs Haruo and Susumu about Tsukushi's date with Rui. The family celebrates her marrying well no matter whom she chooses. Tsukasa, meanwhile, declares he will never forgive Tsukushi and Rui, and wants them to be expelled ("Kick Out—Banished").
Tsukushi and Rui arrive at a fancy restaurant. While enjoying their dinner, she nervously chats about both Tsukasa and Shizuka. Rui has to ask her to stop talking about them. Eventually, he becomes drunk and confesses to Tsukushi that he may have been using her to forget Shizuka. Tsukushi, however, feels no regrets. Later, Rui calls Tsukasa asking him to meet. He deliberately provokes Tsukasa by saying he could never be serious about Tsukushi. The two are fighting when Sojiro and Akira arrive. Their attempts to stop the fight only result in them also joining it ("Duel"). Finally, Tsukasa declares "I won't forgive anyone who messes with Makino!" Rui admits that what he said earlier was a lie and that he only wanted Tsukasa to be honest with his feelings. Tsukasa then receives an apologetic message from Tsukushi.
Chieko calls Tsukushi asking her to hurry home. There she finds the place in shambles. Haruo reveals that he borrowed three million yen from loan sharks and then lost it all betting at the horse tracks. Chieko demands a divorce, not finding another way out of their situation. Tsukushi promises to handle it. At Tsukasa's house, the F4 are celebrating being friends again when Tsukasa declares Tsukushi is "too poor" for him. He decides that she needs to be "crowned best woman." His butler then announces Tsukushi's arrival. She reveals her family's situation and Tsukasa readily agrees to lend her the three million yen. He promises that she will not have to pay him back if she enters Teen of Japan. The F4 begin training her, though it does not go so well ("TOJ 2019"). Tsukasa encourages her to just "be [her]self."
On December 24, Tsukushi goes to Teen of Japan with the other semi-finalists, including Ayano Kurimaki (Miyahime), Sonoko Maekawa (Kotomi), Kazuko Kubo (Reina Misato), and Sakurako ("TOJ 2019"). The first round calls for the competitors to put together an outfit. Judge Arthur Smith (Haryu) finds everyone boring except Tsukushi. As a result, she and Ayano pass to the final round. Some of the audience complains, but Tsukasa tells Tsukushi not to worry. For the final round, the contestants have to play with a group of children whom will determine the winner. Ayano wins them over early with music ("Jingle Bells"). But they soon warm to Tsukushi and everyone ends up playing together. The children ultimately refuse to choose just one girl, leading the judges to pick the winner based on overall performance.
Ayano is crowned winner of Teen of Japan. However, the judges decides to grant Tsukushi one million yen as a special prize. The F4 and her family each congratulate and praise her. Eventually, Tsukushi and Tsukasa are alone. He asks to buy her Christmas for two million yen, promising to meet at the amusement park where their first date was. However, instead of Tsukasa, Rui arrives to meet Tsukushi. He gives her a letter from Tsukasa, informing her that he will be going to New York where his father will have him train to run a business. Rui repeats Tsukushi's words from when she encouraged him to go after Shizuka. Tsukushi runs off to meet Tsukasa. Meanwhile, everyone is enjoying Christmas around town. Shizuka arrives and tells Rui that she loves him ("Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—").
At the airport, Tsukushi catches Tsukasa before he has left. She reveals that she has "something important to tell [him]." First, she says that though she initially hated him for being arrogant, he helped stop her being a coward. She then thanks him for caring about her. Tsukasa declares that he will return after completing his studies and asks her to wait. She answers "Of course I will!" He wishes her a "Merry Christmas" and then kisses her ("Flowers—Love's Flower—"). In the finale, Akira and Sojiro perform "Santa's Comin' to Town," followed by Rui with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Next, Tsukasa dances to "Let It Snow!" with all the male performers. In the last part of the finale, Tsukasa and Tsukushi dance to a duet of "White Christmas." Every performer takes a final bow at the end as the opening song plays.
Cast and characters
Teen of Japan participants
Eitoku Academy students
- Nearly all of the cast members play various background roles, including party guests, park goers, club dancers, etc.
- Yume Marika voices Proprietress offscreen during one scene.
- Towa Mineka, Anju Tsubasa, Rinka Miku, and Noa Ozuki play members of the Newspaper Club and perform "Rumors."
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Script / Director: Kosaku Noguchi
- Composition / Songs: Tomoko Aoki, Masahiro Hasegawa, Makoto Miyazaki
- Conductor / Music performance: Makoto Miyazaki
- Choreography: Rino Masaki, Satoshi Mitsui, Oguri, Akihiko Nagano
- Fight choreography: Kazuto Seike
|Akasaka ACT Theater (Tokyo, Japan)|
On January 11, 2019, a Boys Over Flowers musical staged by the Takarazuka Revue's Flower Troupe (
A production presentation was held on May 10, 2019 in Tokyo. Yuzuka, Shiroki, Yunami, Seino, and Kinami performed a song dressed as their respective characters. Boys Over Flowers creator Yoko Kamio also attended.
On June 29, 2019, a live broadcast of Hana Yori Dango was streamed across theaters in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. It was broadcast on the cable channel, Takarazuka Sky Stage, in March 2020. Hana Yori Dango was broadcast by Wowow on September 26, 2020 as a part of their "Invitation to Takarazuka" line-up.
In August 2020, the musical became available on the streaming service, U-Next. It was one of fifty Takarazuka musicals selected for the platform at the time. As of April 2022, Hana Yori Dango is available to rent on Amazon Prime in Japan.
On May 25, 2019, a television special promoting the musical was shown on BS-TBS. The program featured a variety of behind-the-scenes footage, including rehearsal scenes and interviews with the director and stars. The next day, a special hour-long program featuring Yuzuka, Shiroki, and Noguchi was broadcast on TBS Radio. It was hosted by announcer Reina Minagawa (
The cast was interviewed for the June 2019 issue of Margaret, the magazine that serialized the original manga. Yuzuka was featured on the cover of Kageki's June issue. Also in June, the main cast, Kurisu Oto, and Ririka Kaga were featured on Takarazuka Cafe Break. The cast was also interviewed after one of the performances for Takarazuka News Pick Up.
Hana Yori Dango was released on blu-ray by Takarazuka Creative Arts (TCA) on September 28, 2019. The performance featured was the June 29 showing and it runs for 172 minutes.
|September 28, 2019||
In April 2019, a card of Hana Yori Dango's poster was published. A performance program, still photos, as well as a postcard of Yuzuka and Shiroki, were released to coincide with the premiere of the musical. Several stills of the actual performances were released following the musical's conclusion. Some of the items are still available for purchase at Quatre Rêves Online.
- "Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—" (
花より男子—BOYS OVER FLOWERS—) — Rei Yuzuka, Kei Yunami, Asuka Seino, Raito Kinami
Composition: Masahiro Hasegawa
- "Good Morning Eitoku Academy" — Mirei Shiroki, students
- "School Rulers—F4" (
学園の支配者・F4) — Shiroki, students
- "We Love F4" — Yuzuka, Yunami, Seino, Kinami, students
- "Luxury Lunch Time—Elegant Lunch" (
LUXURY LUNCH TIME 優雅な昼食) — Mitsuki Haryu
- "Declaration of War" (
宣戦布告) — Shiroki
- "Kick Out—Banished" (
KICK OUT 追放しろ) — Yuzuka, students
- "Flowers—Love's Flower—" (
FLOWERS—恋の花—) — Shiroki, Seino, Yuzuka
- "Metamorphoses" — Yuzuka, others
- "A Walking Brand Man and a No Brand Woman" (
歩くブランド男とノーブランドの女) — Yuzuka, Shiroki
- "Party Night" — Dancers
- "Flowers—Love's Flower—" (Reprisal 1) — Shiroki
- "Honest Man" (
まっすぐなあいつ) — Yuzuka
- "Flower Land" (
フラワー・ランド) — Park visitors
- "Rumors" (
噂) — Towa Mineka, Noa Ozuki, Anju Tsubasa, Rinka Miku
- "Dangerous Night" — Kurisu Oto, dancers
Composition: Masahiro Hasegawa
- "Kick Out—Banished" (Reprisal 1) — Yume Marika, Moeka Wakakusa, Natsuki Suzumina, students
- "Elegy of Beautiful Things" (
美しきものの哀歌) — Oto
- "Rumors"/"Good Morning Eitoku Academy" (Reprisal) — Yuzuka, Shiroku, students
- "Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—" (Reprisal 1) — Everyone
- "Beach Summer Paradise" — Yuzuka, Yunami, Kinami
Compostion: Makoto Miyazaki
- "Flowers—Love's Flower—" (Reprisal 2) — Yuzuka, Shiroki
- "Kick Out—Banished" (Reprisal 2) — Yuzuka, Mizuki Takasho, Rino Mihana, Tsukasa Aoki
- "Duel" (
Duel—決闘—) — Yuzuka, Seino
- "TOJ (Teen of Japan) 2019" — Yuzuka, Yunami, Seino, Kinami, others
- "Jingle Bells" — Koko Miyahime, children
Composition: James Pierpont / Japanese Lyrics: Shoji Miyazawa
- "Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—" (Reprisal 2) — Yunami, Kinami, Seino, others
- "Flowers—Love's Flower—" (Reprisal 3) — Yuzuka, Shiroki
- "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" — Yunami, Kinami
Lyrics: Haven Gillespie / Composition: J. Fred Coots / Japanese Lyrics: Takao Kanbe
- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" — Seino
Lyrics / Composition: Thomas Patrick Connor / Japanese Lyrics: Kenji Sazanami
- "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Instrumental)
Lyrics: Sammy Cahn / Composition: Jule Styne
- "White Christmas" — Mineka, Oto (offscreen)
Lyrics / Composition: Irving Berlin
- "Hana Yori Dango—Boys Over Flowers—" (Reprisal 2) — Everyone
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango (2019 musical soundtrack)
A soundtrack for the production's music was made available for purchase online on January 16, 2020. Nine songs from the musical are omitted from the digital album.
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- Hana Yori Dango primarily covers volumes one, two, four, five, six, seven, and eleven.
- The musical takes inspiration from the 2005 Japanese drama, of which writer and director Kosaku Noguchi is a fan of. It particularly borrows plot points from episodes five, seven, and nine.
- It pays homage to the Japanese drama with a set piece that resembles the statue from Yebisu Garden Place as well as the design for the red card.
- To celebrate the musical, the first fifty chapters of Boys Over Flowers were available to read for free on Shonen Jump+. One chapter was released per day until July 2, 2019.
- Creator Yoko Kamio went to see the first performance of the musical on June 15, 2019. She later went to see it again with her mother.
- Saki, who played Yuriko Asai in Hana Yori Dango (2005), saw the musical on June 18, 2019.
- The finale, featuring a medley of Christmas songs, is omitted from the streaming version of the musical due to copyright reasons.
- In late 2019, Mirei Shiroki was the first person from the production to retire from the Takarazuka Revue. She was followed by Rino Mihana and Runa Saezuki in 2021, Kei Yunami, Yume Marika, and Noa Ozuki in 2022. Kurisu Oto and Moeka Wakakusa will follow in September 2022.
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