MBC’s La Dolce Vita turned into musical
Another drama is getting the stage musical treatment, and this is an interesting choice: 2008’s intense thriller series La Dolce Vita, which starred Lee Dong-wook and Oh Yeon-soo in an adulterous affair (with Park Shi-yeon and Jung Bo-seok playing the other two in the respective relationships).
The drama was praised for its strong acting and dark ambiance, as well as film-level production values. There have been a handful of other dramas that have been turned into stage musicals, which include show-biz-themed On Air, vampire comedy Hello, Franceska, a Seon-deok spinoff centered around the Hwarang soldiers, and fairy-tale romantic comedy Goong. A number of films have also made the transition. Still, I say this is an interesting choice because this doesn’t immediately seem like a natural fit for a musical treatment (unlike, say, 200 Pound Beauty, which makes the jump easily since the film already incorporated a music-related storyline), and I’m curious to know if the play will be able to convey the drama’s style and feel.
The production has cast its stars, and while the actors are mostly active in the musical world, some are branching out into screen roles as well. For instance, cast member Jung Min will also be seen in the upcoming Gong Yoo–Im Soo-jung movie Finding Kim Jong-wook (he plays the Kim Jong-wook of whom the others are in pursuit), while Kim Jin-woo will be seen in MBC’s war epic Road No. 1, which he is currently shooting.
The musical version of La Dolce Vita premieres on July 14, and tickets go on sale later this month.