Song Chang-eui joins You’ve Fallen For Me
Drama and musical actor Song Chang-eui is joining You’re Beautiful duo Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa in their upcoming drama, You’ve Fallen For Me, which was formerly called Festival. Yay!
I’m happy about this, because he’s a solid dramatic actor, and he’s definitely got the chops to take on a role in a music-themed drama that’s basically a university version of Dream High. You’ve Fallen For Me is described as a youth melodrama set at a performing arts university; Park and Jung, along with their early-twentysomething classmates, dream big dreams and harbor hopes of becoming successful actors, singers, and performers. Song plays a much-lauded director whose success producing original musicals on Broadway has made him a famous figure back home.
Another reason I’m pleased: As much as I enjoyed Park and Jung being cute together in You’re Beautiful, they aren’t the most…dramatically weighty pair of actors. The youngsters will give the drama its youthful energy, while Song will hopefully add some dramatic heft. He’s basically fulfilling Eom Ki-joon‘s role in Dream High, as the musical veteran amongst rookie young’uns. (Okay, Park’s no rookie. But I bet many of the other members of the student cast will be pretty green.)
Although, it’s worth noting that You’ve Fallen For Me seems to be positioning itself as more serious than Dream High; the term “youth melodrama” suggests it’s not aiming for comedy or lighthearted fluff. Not gonna lie; I’m a little nervous about that.
In addition to film and dramas (notably, he played one-half of a gay couple in last year’s Life Is Beautiful) Song has a number of musical theater roles to his name, including Hedwig (for which he was quite popular) and, more recently, The Sorrows of Young Werther.
Check out those pipes; here Song Chang-eui sings “발길을뗄수없으면” (If you can’t turn away) from The Sorrows of Young Werther:
And here he sings “우리는” (Us) with Im Hye-young, also from Werther: