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Music Program TOKYO Young Theater-Goers Program Musical Drama: Mr.Simigdáli or the Gentleman Made of Groats (New Production)

Based on an old Greek folktale, this story tells about a princess who gets through hardships gracefully with the power of love.

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Date Sun, Aug 6, 2023 14:00 (Open 13:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions

Flyer (PDF)


There is an old Greek story about a princess called Ilia.

While she keeps her millions of suitors away, she makes a man of her own out of dough, mixing groats, sugar, and almonds.

Mr.Simigdáli! That is what he is called.

The rumor about this beautiful and kind gentleman goes around the world, reaching a queen far far away.

One day, Mr.Simigdáli is taken to the queen’s kingdom.

In search of her beloved, with iron shoes on, princess Ilia never gives up and sets off on a journey.

She goes to the mother moon and her child, then to the mother sun and her child, but no one knows where he is trapped.

When she visits the mother star, her children tell the princess where.

Princess Ilia, weary after the long quest, arrives in the faraway Kingdom of Gold.

Will this journey let her finally meet Mr.Simigdáli and bring them back home?


Based on a Greek folktale collected by Irene NAUMANN-MAVROGORDATO

in “Es war einmal: Neugriechische Volksmärchen”

Music Direction, Composition, and Arrangement


Adaptation and Direction


Music to be performed

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No.1 in E-flat major, Op.1-1

RAMEAU: Pièces de clavecin-Musette en rondeau, Tambourin from Suite in e minor

HAYDN: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:25 “Gypsy”-1st movement

NIIGAKI Takashi:

Prologue/Groats Song/My Fluttering Heart/Sorrow/Journeyer “The Moon”/Journeyer “The Sun”/Journeyer “The Stars”/Journeyer “Ilia”/Duet and Through the Window/Dream in the Goose Hut/One Piece of Almond/The Second Night/Sleeping Potion/The Third Night/Sleeping Potion (Reprise)/Pastiche/Epilogue

and more (all world premieres)


Princess Ilia: UMETSU Midori

Mr.Simigdáli: SUGAWARA Yohei

Queen of the Kingdom of Gold: TSUKIKAGE Hitomi


Piano: NIIGAKI Takashi

Violin: KISHIMOTO Honoka *1st prize of String section at the 9th Tokyo Music Competition

Cello: KATO Fumie *2nd prize of String section at the 7th & 8th Tokyo Music Competition


◇View artists profiles in flyer (PDF only in Japanese)


Set Design: MATSUO Hiroko

Costume Design: NISHIHARA Rie

Lighting Design: KASAHARA Toshiyuki

Sound Design: SUEHIRO Yuki (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)

Choreography and Assistant Stage Director: GOZU Naomi

Stage Manager: ITO Jun (The Stuff)


Read the full article of the interview with Artists

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)

PhotoNIIGAKI Takashi; Music Direction, Composition, Arrangement, and Piano
PhotoHISATSUNE Hidenori, Adaptation and Direction
PhotoUMETSU Midori, Soprano
PhotoSUGAWARA Yohei, Baritone
PhotoTSUKIKAGE Hitomi, Actor
PhotoKISHIMOTO Honoka, Violin
PhotoKATO Fumie, Cello


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Tickets not available.


S3,300yen A2,200yen Pre-sale sold out

Elementary/Middle School Students 1,100yen (The price applies to all seat categories.)

* Valid ID is required for elementary/middle school students for their age verification on the day of the performance.

Seating Chart of Recital Hall

View Seating Chart

On Sale Date

Sat, Apr 8, 2023

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Performance Invitation to Children

Eligibility: 4th grade elementary school students

Maximum number of invitees: 50 (Invitees will be determined by lot if the application number exceeds the limit.)

Application period: Mon, Apr 10, 10:00–Sun, May 14, 18:00, 2023

How to apply: Online application form must be submitted.

Application Form (The form is only in Japanese.)


Invitation notification: Invitation tickets will be sent to the invitees in the middle of May.

* Please bring your valid ID such as students handbook and health insurance card as we may verify your age on the day of the performance.

* Caregivers can purchase up to 1 ticket for the seat next to the invited child.

* If an applicant submits multiple times, only the first application will be valid.

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Other Information

* This production is performed only in Japanese.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother's 0120-788-222.
Reservation must be made by Fri, Jul 28, 17:00.


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