Hong Kwang-ho First Korean to Step into Major West End Role 2014/02/02, Source,
Musical actor Hong Kwang-ho has been cast as Thuy in the West End production of "Miss Saigon". He is the first Korean to land a major role in London's equivalent of Broadway. Cameron Mackintosh Inc, the producer of "Miss Saigon" in the U.K., recently announced that Hong will play Thuy for the new production, which will return to the West End for the musical's 25th anniversary year at the Prince Edward Theatre on May 3,...More
Musical as next 'hallyu' 2012/09/19, Source,
A Korean production of the Czech musical "Jack the Ripper" in Tokyo, Sunday, was well received by the audience. / Courtesy of M Musical Company
By Kwon Mee-yoo A Korean production of musical "Jack the Ripper", successfully opened at the Aoyama Theater in Tokyo, Sunday. Despite the high price of 9,500-16,000 yen ($120-$200) a ticket, the first night starring Sungmin of Super Junior was sold out and some 1,200 audience members gave it a standing ovation. The show, revolving around a serial murder case in London in 1888, is originally a Czech musical, but Japan wanted to stage the Korean adaption. The Korean rendition has new characters and choreography, adding more of a spectacle to the show. "Hallyu", or Korean wave, stars such as Ahn Jae-wook and Sungmin attracted more than 40,000 foreigners to the show here following its Korean premiere in 2009,...More
Jo joins 'Doctor Zhivago' 2012/01/17, Source, By Kwon Mee-yoo
Top actor Jo Seung-woo will join the new musical "Doctor Zhivago" as a male lead.
Initially, model-turned-actor Joo Ji-hoon was cast for the role of Russian doctor Yuri Zhivago whose life is shaken by the Russian Revolution and Civil War in the early 20th century. However, he quit the position due to problems with his vocal chords, forcing OD Musical Company, the production firm, to look for a replacement two weeks before the opening.
"People might see me as a relief pitcher or replacement, but for now Yuri Zhivago is my role", Jo said at a press conference,...More
Joo Ji-hoon Pulls Out of Dr. Zhivago Musical 2012/01/11, Source,
Actor Joo Ji-hoon, who was to star in the musical "Dr. Zhivago", has pulled out just two weeks before the grand opening on Jan. 27 due to problems with his vocal chords.
"It's obviously disappointing because Joo has worked very hard for the musical and he became quite attached to the project as it was his first work since he concluded his [mandatory] military service", said the actor's agent,...More
Actor Joo Ji-hoon quits musical 'Doctor Zhivago' 2012/01/10, Source,
By Noh Hyun-gi
Actor Joo Ji-hoon has decided not to star in the musical "Doctor Zhivago", a work that was to be his comeback stage after some two year absence from the entertainment business.
Joo's agency said that the actor has damaged his vocal chords and that doctors have recommended that he stop practicing for the show that will go on stage at Charlotte Theater on Jan. 27,...More
What's up musicals? 2012/01/07, Source,
Few personal words first. I've been watching movies for well over 20 years now, and I believe I watched my first musical around the same time. I don't remember what it was. One thing I do remember is that I've been always enamored by musicals – be it as a movie or performed on the stage. It does not matter.
Korea is abundant with stage musicals, according to Won Jong-Won who wrote an article in "Koreana", there is around 180 musicals staged annually without those for children. This is probably more than the amount of movies made in my country per year,...More
Raising curtain to abundant year in musicals 2012/01/02, Source,
(Above picture:A scene from the Broadway hit "Wicked", which will come to Korea in May / Courtesy of Andrew Ritchie)
The year 2012 is going to be full of musical joy as a long list of touring, licensed and homegrown musical productions - from the longest-running musical in the world to a theater version of Korean wave drama - wait to be staged.
Touring productions coming to Korea
One of the musicals receiving the highest expectations for 2012 is "Wicked", which will come to Blue Square in Hannam-dong from May to October. The Broadway extravaganza explores what happened before Dorothy entered the Land of Oz and the relationships between the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good and the Wizard of Oz,...More
Japan wins Grand Prize at Seoul Int'l Drama Awards 2010/09/13, Source,
Poster of Japanese series "Shoe-Shine Boy" [TV Tokyo]
Japanese TV series "Shoe-Shine Boy" won the grand prize award at the fifth annual Seoul International Drama held last week, beating out over 170 works from a total 43 different countries.
"Shoe-Shine Boy", based on a novel about the life of a shoe shiner during the aftermath of World War II, began its run in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2009,...More
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