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ONGAKUZA MUSICAL

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Ongakuza Musical established in 1987, produced and performed “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” as the first production. We have produced “Tottemo Ghost” “Change” “Mademoiselle Mozart” “I Love Botchan” “the Little Prince” “Nakanaide” “Home” “Metro ni notte” “21C:Mademoiselle Mozart” “Love of Seven Dolls” “Love Letter” “Goodbye My Darling★” and “SUNDAY” so far.

Award-Winning Productions

These musicals are original. We won several well-known theater awards in Japan, such as the National Art Festival Award, the Kinokuniya Theater Award, or the Yomiuri Theater Award as our unique philosophy and originality which were in common in all productions had been supported.



Our Original Creation System

From the very beginning, our musicals have been created through our own original system which is called the “Wormhole Project.” It’s not too much said that the history of Ongakuza Musical is the history of the “Wormhole Project.”

The Wormhole Project has a double meaning. First, in a narrow sense what the Wormhole Project is constructed is by the producers who are responsible for each element such as book, direction, music, choreography, costume, and lighting. The core of our comprehensive products that includes the book and all elements of musical has been created here. Second, in a broad sense the Wormhole Project expresses it as a musical which consists of each planner and cast in the first definition.

The Biggest Feature of the Wormhole Project

We are not afraid to change, but try for anything making better the productions. Each member acts for not only their specialties but also the whole production. Some conflicts often happen as each idea is not always the same. That’s why the third option is created through many discussions instead of A or B.

Such a creating way takes a lot of time and effort doesn’t seem efficient, but Ongakuza Musical has chosen it on purpose. Inefficient, but never broken apart. We bring the gravity (philosophy = theme) to a core and hold the chaos of opposite arguments and conflicts. Such “a person who is honest to the theme” is necessary for creation. In the Wormhole Project, the president of Ongakuza Musical indicates the core of the production (philosophy) and takes all responsibility for all creative processes.

The founder

Reiko Aikawa

The founder Reiko Aikawa has been the leader of the Wormhole Project since 1987, but after she passed away in 2016, Taro Aikawa has inherited the position since March, 2016.

Musical Plays by Reiko Aikawa :

“Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” ”Tottemo Ghost” ”Change” “Mademoiselle Mozart” ”I Love BOTCHAN” ”The Little Prince” “Nakanaide” ”Home” ”Metro Ni Notte” ”21C: Mademoiselle Mozart” “Love of Seven Dolls” ”Love Letter"

Awards

  • ・1989 National Arts Festival Awards
  • ・1993 National Arts Festival Awards
  • ・1989 The Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, Best New Artist Award
  • ・The 25th Kinokuniya Theater Awards, Individual Award
  • ・The 28th Kinokuniya Theater Awards, Group Award
  • ・The 1 st Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Actress Award
  • ・The 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Play Award
  • ・The 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Best Staff Award
  • ・The 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Staff Award
  • ・The 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Actor Award
  • ・The 3rd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Actress Award
  • ・The 3rd Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Staff Award
  • ・The 4th Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Play Award
  • ・The 4th Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Staff Award
  • ・The 5th Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Actress Award
  • ・The 5th Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Staff Award
  • ・The 6th Yomiuri Theater Awards, Outstanding Staff Award

History of Ongakuza Musical

1987 Ongakuza Musical was founded.
1988 Launching play “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” was presented.
1989 First stage of “Tottemo Ghost” was presented.
1990 First sage of “Change” was presented.
“Tottemo Ghost” won Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival Award.
“Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” won Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Award Minister of Education Newcomer Award
1991 “Mademoiselle Mozart” was initially presented.
“Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” together with “Tottemo Ghost” won 25th Kinokuniya Theater Award.
1992 First stage of “I Love BOTCHAN” was played.
1993 First stage of “The Little Prince” was played.
1994 First stages of “Nakanaide” and “Home” were played.
1994 First stages of “Nakanaide” and “Home” were played.
“I Love BOTCHAN” along with three consecutive plays together won 28th Kinokuniya Theater Award.
“I Love BOTCHAN” won Excellent Artwork and Best Actress awards at Yomiuri Theater Awards.
1995 “Nakanaide” won Excellent Artwork, Excellent Actress and Best Staff Awards at 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards.
“Home” won Best Actor at 2nd Yomiuri Theater Awards.
First stage of “The Little Prince” was presented.
1996 “I Love BOTCHAN” along with “The Little Prince” together won Best Acress, Excellent Staff Awards at 3rd Yomiuri Theater Awards.
1997 “Mademoiselle Mozart” won Excellent Artwork, Excellent Actress and Excellent Staff Awards at 4th Yomiuri Theater Awards.
1998 “Nakanaide ‘97” won Excellent Artwork, Excellent Actress and Excellent Staff Awards at 5th Yomiuri Theater Awards.
1999 “The Little Prince ‘98” won Excellent Staff Award at 6th Yomiuri Theater Awards.
2000 First stage of “Metro Ni Notte” was presented.
2005 First stage of “21C Mademoiselle Mozart” was presented.
2006 “21C Mademoiselle Mozart” won 31st Kazuo Kikuta Theater Award.
2007 “The Little Prince” won 26th Japan Association of Lighting Engineers & Designers Award.
2008 First stage of “Love of Seven Dolls” was presented.
“The Little Prince” won Tokyo Metropolitan Theater Monthly Award.
"Metro ni notte" was screened as Sony Digital Cinema's "Live Spire" in theaters across Japan.
2009 Stages of “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” reopened first time in 14 years.
2010 Stages of “Home” reopened first time in 16 years, also played in elementary and junior high schools in Hyogo prefecture and Shikoku regions as a part of Agency for Cultural Affairs’ initiative: “Experiencing Excellent Theater Art Project for Children”.
2011 “The Little Prince 2011” and “I Love BOTCHAN 2011” were presented.
2012 Nationwide stage tour of “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” took place across Japan, including Hokkaido, Kyushu and Tokyo.
2013 “Love of Seven Dolls II” was initially played as a Laboratory Theater artwork at Serigaya Studio.
“21C Mademoiselle Mozart” was presented.
“Love Letter” was presented.
2014 Stages of “The Little Prince II”, “Nakanaide” and “Metro Ni notte” were presented.
2015 “Love of Seven Dolls II”, “Love Letter” and “The Little Prince II” were presented.
As a part of Child Development program by Agency for Cultural Affairs, “Love of Seven Dolls II” and “The Little Prince II” were played at elementary and junior high schools across Japan.
2016 “Nakanaide”, “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” and “The Little Prince” were presented.
As a part of Child Development program by Agency for Cultural Affairs, “The Little Prince” was played at elementary and junior high schools across Japan.
2017 30th anniversary of Ongakuza Musial.
As the world’s first VR musical play, “The Little Prince VR supported by VIVE” was released.
Initial stage of “Goodbye My Darling” took place.
2018 “The Little Prince ALPHA”, a collaborative work between musical, VR and IoT, took place as a part of beyond2020 program at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. It also won Good Practice Award by Advanced Imaging Society.
First stage of “SUNDAY” was presented in December.
2019 “Good-bye My Darling★” and “Love of Seven Dolls” were presented.
2020 Toho produced a musical play “Shabondama Tonda Soramade Tonda” (original story by Hiroshi Tsutsui “Visitors from Alpha Centauri”) was initially presented.
Stages of “SUNDAY” scheduled between May and July were postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. September – December stages won Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival Award.

Company overview

Company name :
Human Design Inc.
Established :
1987
CEO :
Taro Aikawa
Business overview :
・Planning and production of musical plays
・Operation of R Company, a production body of Ongakuza Musical
・Production of visual artworks as well as music
・Talent development & trainings
Address :
12-6 Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 102-0085
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TEL : 03-3222-1177
FAX : 03-3222-1178
Serigaya Studio :
4-24-29, Haramachida, Machida-shi,
Tokyo 194-0013
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TEL : 042-722-3385
FAX : 042-722-7323