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Kim Junsu, a member of group JYJ, is chosen as a main character of the Broadway musical Dracula, laying sound foundation as a musical actor.
His success in musicals like Mozart, Tears of Heaven, Elizabeth, and December, has raised him to the rank of a musical actor whom the audience can go see on faith, and now, he is considered as a irreplaceable actor in the musical field.
No one can confine Kim Junsu any more to just a musical actor with the origin of an idol star. In the musical community, Kim Junsu himself is very meaningful in light of breaking this prejudice. Still now, not only the general public but also people in the musical community usually look on an actor with idol origin with a jaundiced eye. Yet, Kim Junsu is the textbook example of an actor who has already overcome all this.
It is because of his irreplaceable ability. His overwhelming power on the stage, his powerful energy as a musical actor, and his ticket power make him be cast in significant musical works one after another.
Official poster of Korean musical “Elisabeth,” starring K-pop idol Xia Junsu of JYJ (EMK Musical Company)
Whether it’s Girls’ Generation’s Jessica in “Legally Blonde,” 2PM’s Jun.K and SHINee’s Key in the “Three Musketeers” or JYJ’s Xia Junsu in “Elisabeth,” K-pop stars have been flooding the Korean musical scene for the past few years, and it appears to be a trend that is not going to die out anytime soon.
Although many musical production companies seem to be banking on K-pop’s tremendous fandom in hopes of boosting ticket sales, a night starring a K-pop idol heavyweight does not necessarily guarantee a musical’s success. Many K-pop stars have been criticized for their lack of acting ability and skills in live musical singing, which is a far cry from the pre-recordings and partial lip-synching of K-pop concerts.
“Musical productions are continuously going on these star hunts because they think they need these big names to promote their show,” said music critic Im Jin-mo. “But as we all know, singing these sort of ‘hook’ K-pop songs and singing in a live musical are two very different things.”
“I think with Xia Junsu as the exception, these K-pop stars do not thrive as well in musicals,” Im continued. “Sure they are big stars and they draw in a lot of their K-pop fan base, but until they learn the true vocabulary of musicals, the quality of the production itself will just lack in quality.”
K-pop is infamous for having passionately dedicated fans and this often means that certain musicals are able to reach and appeal to a much wider, younger audience ― both international fans and those not originally interested in musicals.
Note: <GOOD-BYE 2013 – BIG 30> is a survey from entertainment authorities concerned with Korean pop culture
27. Kim Junsu = JYJ’s member Kim Junsu is now officially a musical actor. He is the best ticket-power blue chip as well. He made his musical debut in 2010 with ‘Mozart’ and showed off his power by making the last round of 3000 seats in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts theater sell out. From the original musical ‘Tears of Heaven’’s National Theatre to ‘Elisabeth’’s Seoul Arts Center he achieved the ‘Triple Crown’ by selling out all the national and public theatres.
Kikwang: “When I went to see JYJ’s Junsu’s musical, I got goosebumps as everyone in the audience, including myself, gave a standing ovation during the curtain call. I also want to experience the feelings of the cast on the stage at that moment.”
T/N: Kikwang previously tweeted about getting ‘shot’ by Junsu during a part in Elizabeth as well. See HERE.