Korean Theater/Musicals

I know most of us can't go in person to Seoul, Korea (curses, airfare!), and watch theater or musical shows in person, but sometimes our favorite actors and celebrities like to do stage performances, and sometimes we cover them.
Archive for the ‘Theater/Musicals’ Category

Kim Ji-hoon takes on comedic stage role
by | April 29, 2010 | 13 Comments
Another actor goes from screen to the stage: Kim Ji-hoon, most recently of SBS’s drama series Wish Upon a Star, is making his theater debut with the play University of Laughs. Kim has mainly played nice guys in modern dramas — his cold lawyer in Wish Upon a Star marked a successful change for him... More »

Theatrical production of Attic Cat opens
by | April 10, 2010 | 15 Comments
In 2003, Kim Rae-won and Jung Da-bin (who passed away in 2007) starred in the MBC drama Attic Cat. The story has now been transferred to the stage, and the production held a press call on April 7. Two of the leads are actors you may have seen onscreen before: Hwang Bora (Love & Marriage,... More »

Jung Il-woo immerses himself in theater
by | March 14, 2010 | 32 Comments
Jung Il-woo is currently acting in a small stage play in Seoul, Beautiful Sunday, which has earned him critical and popular favor. In it, he plays a gay man with AIDS, but despite that grim-sounding setup his character is described as bright and lovable. Jung recently gave an interview about his role, working in theater... More »

Yoo Gun makes his theater debut
by | February 15, 2010 | 11 Comments
Jung Il-woo isn’t the only screen actor currently earning positive reviews through a theater role; add Yoo Gun to the list of celebs taking a crack at upgrading his acting skills through theater. He’s currently appearing in the stage production of Thief’s Diary. Thief’s Diary is a “comic and touching play” about the process of... More »

Jung Il-woo’s theatrical debut earns enthusiastic response
by | February 8, 2010 | 21 Comments
Jung Il-woo‘s theater debut project, the play Beautiful Sunday, looks poised for success a week into its run: its first show performed to a full house and Jung has earned praise for his lead role. The play opened on February 4, and a source with the theater production company said, “This is Jung Il-woo’s first... More »

Goong to be turned into a musical
by | February 2, 2010 | 34 Comments
Four years after it was a drama sensation, Goong (aka Princess Hours) is being turned into a musical. (That means that the franchise has a manhwa, a drama, a drama spinoff, and now a theater production.) Production company Group Eight announced on February 2 that the musical would open on September 3 at the Seoul... More »

Joint Security Area the musical
by | January 28, 2010 | 16 Comments
Ten years after director Park Chan-wook‘s film Joint Security Area made a splash as the highest-grossing Korean film at that time, a stage musical adaptation is being planned. A producer with the musical explained on the 28th that the stage version is being produced for a theatrical run later this year: “Although there have been... More »

Jeon Hye-bin leads stage production of Singles
by | January 21, 2010 | 9 Comments
Jeon Hye-bin is expanding her acting repertoire by taking a stab at musical theater with the stage version of Singles, the 2003 film starring now-deceased Jang Jin-young. The musical’s director, Jo Haeng-deok, said of his leading actress, “She is a multi-talented actress and as this is her first try at musicals, she is throwing herself... More »

Song Chang-eui returns as Hedwig
by | November 4, 2009 | 11 Comments
After a few years of film and drama projects, actor Song Chang-eui (Cinderella Man, Boys Don’t Cry, Scale of Providence) is keeping his promise to fans in returning to the title role of the musical Hedwig (aka Hedwig and the Angry Inch). He had originally taken the role of the transgender rocker back in 2006... More »

Hwarang warriors get their own musical
by | November 1, 2009 | 9 Comments
Queen Seon-deok‘s incredible success has raised the popularity of the group of men who play the Hwarang, or elite Silla warriors, within the drama. Now they’ can be seen onstage, as they are featured in a musical of their own called Hwarang, which follows their growth in a “lively, touching” story. In contrast to their... More »

Hwang Jung-min takes the lead in Wedding Singer
by | September 11, 2009 | 13 Comments
Aw, this is one project I wish I could see in person. (Often I read about theater productions and feel left out by being halfway around the world.) The always-wonderful film and theater actor Hwang Jung-min (Accidental Couple, Happiness) is taking on the lead role in the musical version of Wedding Singer, which is based... More »

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