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OFFICIAL POST OF “GOONG” THE MUSICAL REVEALED

The official posters for musical “Goong” [Group 8]

Korean production company Group 8 unveiled the official poster for musical “Goong” on the musical’s official website today.

The poster shows actors (from left) RUN, U-Know Yunho and Kim Dong-ho, who will play the leading role of crown prince Lee Shin, with actress Gwak Sun-young in one version of the poster and Shin Eui-jung in the other version for the role of the tomboyish Chae-kyeong.

“Goong” is a story about an average high-school girl marrying a royal prince in 21st century Korea, which is in fiction a monarchical country.

Originally based on a best-selling comic series, “Goong” was adapted for the small screen in 2006 which also became a huge hit and turned its two lead actors, Yoon Eun-hye and Joo Ji-hoon, into household names.

Ticket for the musical will go on sale on Thursday and premiere on September 8 at the National Museum of Korea.

cre: asiae.co.kr

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[KPOP] IDOLS TAKES OVER MUSICALS

Idols take over musicals, for better or worse
‘If we can create pieces that are moving as well as original, we may be able to remove the idols from the stage.’
Jessica

The first Korean production of the musical “Miss Saigon” was a hit when it premiered in 2006 with more than 85 percent of seats sold. Confident that the show could repeat its successful run, another Korean production of the musical was staged here earlier this year. This time, however, ticket sales were at only 55 percent.

“The Phantom of the Opera” was one of the best-selling musicals here until May, but sales are less than stellar these days.

Korean productions of hit musicals have drawn audiences and re-shaped the landscape of the theater scene in recent years. But the industry that has proven so lucrative for the industry as a whole is experiencing a shift toward a new phenomena that critics say could change things – for better or for worse. While theater critics say recent productions are higher in quality than in the past, sluggish ticket sales in recent months have led the industry to refer to its current situation as musical theater’s “ice age.”

In the midst of the public’s indifference, the only performances that have been able to attract audiences are the ones that have members of Korea’s idol groups as part of their casts.

The musical “Mozart,” which stars Xiah Jun-su, a member of the disbanded group TVXQ, recorded average ticket sales of 99 percent when he was in the role. That figure dropped to just 74 percent when another actor was in the leading role. Similarly, the Korean production of “Legally Blonde” had its own idol star in Girls’ Generation member Jessica. Ticket sales surged to 90 percent when Jessica, who rotated the role with two other actresses, was on the boards, but plummeted to just 70 percent when she was not.

The most recent example of this phenomenon is the production of “Midnight Sun,” which also featured a member of Girls’ Generation, Taeyeon. Sales soared to a whopping 98 percent when she was on stage but fell to 78 percent when someone else was in the role.

“The Korean public tends to be stingy when it comes to paying their own money for cultural events,” pop culture critic Sung Gi-wan said. “The only ones who are willing to do that are fans who want to watch their favorite stars.”

The current trend is not the result of bad acting or a dearth of good musicals, critics say. Instead, it appears to be the simple fact that casting popular singers attracts fans and publicity. “A Chorus Line,” which opened last weekend, has Jung-ah, a member of girl group After School, and Soo-hyun, a member of U-Kiss, in the cast. The producers revealed that they did not want to cast celebrities because of their busy schedules but investors refused to support the production if the stars were not part of it.

“The public is sick of the surge of large-scale musicals from overseas that have arrived since 2001,” theater critic Cho Yong-sin said. “Musicals in the U.S. were also reliant on Hollywood stars until well-crafted musicals were made. If we can create pieces that are moving as well as original, we may be able to remove the idols from the stage.”

By Choi Min-woo [estyle@joongang.co.kr]


[HALLYU] KU HYE-SUN TO SHOOT FOR A TV SERIES “THE MUSICAL”

(From left) Korean actors Ku Hye-sun, Choi Daniel and Ock Ju-hyun

Korean actors Ku Hye-sun, Choi Daniel and Ock Ju-hyun have left for Broadway to start shooting upcoming TV series “The Musical.”

They will be filming their location shoots in Broadway of New York, which will show how the three characters first meet each other in the city.

Ku, who plays the role a medical student dreaming of becoming a musical actor, will be making her much-awaited comeback to the small screen since starring in last year’s smash hit TV series “Boys Over Flowers.”

Choi, who rose to stardom after appearing in the popular sitcom “High Kick Through The Roof” (MBC, 2009-2010) has been cast as a genius composer while singer and actor Ock will portray a diva in the musical world named Bae Gang-hee.

“Musical,” a story about the passion and romance among the producers, songwriters and actors in a musical production, will shed light on the world of musicals.

The show will be written by noted writer Kim Hee-jae who penned the hit films “Silmido” and “Another Public Enemy.”

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[100624/HALLYU] LEE JUN-KI TO STAR IN A MUSICAL

Official poster for military musical production “Voyage of Life” [tentative title] starring Lee Jun-ki. [Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association]

Korean actor Lee Jun-ki, who is currently serving in the military, has been cast in an upcoming musical production tentatively titled “Voyage of Life,” according to a press release by the show’s PR manager on Thursday.

“Life,” co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association, is a special production commemorating the Korean War.

Cast members include current military officers and several Korean actors serving in the army including Lee, Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Da-hyun.

The story was inspired by two real-life incidents that occurred during the Korean War — the Jangjin battle, considered one of the most horrific defeats during the War, and Heungnam Evacuation Operation, where 14,000 refugees were rescued by a cargo ship.

“Life” will be helmed by noted musical director Kwon Ho-sung with legendary musical producer Yun Ho-jin as chief executive director.

Lee Jun-ki, who shot to fame after starring in the 2005 hit film “The King and the Clown,” entered the military on May 3 after he was notified by the government to report to the military.

At the time, he tried to defer his entrance date in order to finish up shooting for film “Grand Prix” and upcoming blockbuster TV series “Faith,” but eventually pulled out from both projects when he was unable to do so.

He has been serving his mandatory two-year military duties at Korea’s Defense Media Agency.

“Life” will run at the National Theater of Korea from August 21 to August 29.

source: asiae.co.kr


[KPOP] SNSD’S TAEYEON TO MAKE MUSICAL DEBUT

Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon [SM Entertainment]

Female idol group Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon will be making a musical debut in May through “Midnight Sun,” according to the Seoul Metropolitan Musical Theater on Tuesday.

A press release by the troupe announced that Taeyeon has been cast to play the lead female character named Kaoru in the musical based on Japanese writer Bandou Kenji’s novel of the same name.

“Sun” is about a girl and a surfer who fall in love with each other, yet the girl suffers from a rare disease in which her skin cannot be exposed to the sun.

Taeyeon, 21, is the leader and main vocalist of her popular nine-member girl group. She has also appeared in several variety shows including MBC’s reality show “We Got Married” and is currently a supporting host on talk show “Win Win.”

“Sun” is set to run from May 7 to 29 at the Sejong M Theatre in Seoul.

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[SJ] SUPER JUNIOR MEMBERS ATTENDS MUSICAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Super Junior members Yesung and Sungmin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From left, boy band Super Junior members Yesung and Sungmin pose during a photo session of a press conference for musical “Hong Gil-dong” held at the Press Center in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. “Hong Gil-dong,” about Korea’s Robin Hood during the Joseon Dynasty, is based on the country’s first-ever novel of the same name by writer Heo Gyun.

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[SJ] SUPER JUNIOR YESUNG SPEAKS AT THE MUSICAL PRESS CON.

Super Junior member Yesung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band Super Junior member Yesung speaks during a press conference for musical “Hong Gil-dong” held at the Press Center in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. “Hong Gil-dong,” about Korea’s Robin Hood during the Joseon Dynasty, is based on the country’s first-ever novel of the same name by writer Heo Gyun.

Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk eleven@10asia.co.kr
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr
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[SJ] SUPER JUNIOR SUNGMIN ATTENDS MUSICAL PRESS CON.

Super Junior member Sungmin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band Super Junior member Sungmin attends a press conference for musical “Hong Gil-dong” held at the Press Center in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2010. “Hong Gil-dong,” about Korea’s Robin Hood during the Joseon Dynasty, is based on the country’s first-ever novel of the same name by writer Heo Gyun.

Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk eleven@10asia.co.kr
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr
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