Kang Ji-hwan returns to musical roots
With the drama Coffee House out of the way, now Kang Ji-hwan is turning his attention to his next role, which comes in a musical called Caffeine (Cafe In). (The word is a pun on “caffeine,” although promos show the English word written as “Cafe In.”)
The story unfolds around a female barista who’s unsuccessful in dating and a playboy sommelier who coaches her in romance. It’s a pretty standard romantic-comedy setup, although I suppose the musical angle gives this one its own character. This is actually Season 2, after the initial musical performed strongly nearly two years ago.
Anticipation for the production jumped when Kang first announced his participation back in May, and he’ll serve both his Korean and Japanese fanbases — he produces the musical in Korea and stars in the production in Japan. (As far as I can tell, he won’t be acting in the Korean run.) The show will open at Seoul’s Daehakro Art One Center on August 4, then moves to Japan in October. Kang Ji-hwan launched right into rehearsals after Coffee House wrapped, and will take the stage in Tokyo on October 16.
Via Joy News