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How about next-generation’s star Kim Junsu carrying on from Jo Seung-woo? Having shown his hot ticket power whenever on the stage, for him, his most special performance is ‘Mozart’ personally.
Kim Junsu had divulged in an interview with his latest musical ‘December’ back then: “‘Mozart’ is my most precious and most memorable work”.
He confessed, “Not once off the stage was I filled with fear only,” and, “Because the song lyrics was speaking for my mind, how I could summon courage. Wanting to speak out in a situation where I am unable to speak, ‘Golden Star’ was speaking for my mind indirectly. Whether it was my internal pressure or oppression, I freed my mind from having suppressed myself”.
Continuing, he said, “Though I was singing ‘Golden Star’ in a roundabout way; I was relieving stress, not stressing to express something. I always cried”. Why not see me as a human being, [instead of] considering me as TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu. On stage I obtained courage, shouting I am a human being.
Who are the best stars in this sector?
Although a lot of idols have deeply infiltrated popular culture, a few are considered undoubtedly triumphant in achieving popular success. With star quality and box-office potential, who are these all-rounder ‘must-have’ idols?
JYJ Park Yoochun has dominated television. Park Yoochun was introduced as an actor through the lead character Lee Sun Joon in 2010 hit drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’, and instantly penetrated into the small screen. With regards to Park Yoochun’s acting, Shin Kyung Soo PD of SBS Wed-Thu drama ‘Three Days’ that’s currently airing said, “He surprised me with each episode. The martial arts director also praised his action performance.”
Amongst idol-turned-actors, Park Yoochun’s unrivalled blockbuster power is something to be proud of. A look at the average viewer ratings of the dramas he has appeared in: ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ 10.1%, ‘Miss Ripley’ 15.4%, ‘Rooftop Prince’ 14.8%, ‘I Miss You’ 11.6%; and as expected, ‘Three Days’ has also been showing stable viewer ratings at above 10%. All five consecutive productions he has acted in have maintained double-digit viewer ratings.
As a Hallyu star, his blockbuster power overseas is also unquestionable. All the productions he has previously appeared in were broadcasted in Japan while the DVDs sold like hot cakes. ‘Three Days’ was exported to China for approx. $50,000 per episode, exceeding the previous record holder ‘My Love from the Stars’.
Another JYJ member Kim Junsu has established himself as ‘box-office guarantee’ in the musical scene. In 2010, he was cast in the musical ‘Mozart!’ which was held in the 3,000-seat main theatre of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; he made a splendid debut with tickets to 15 performances he appeared in all sold out. His performances in musicals ‘Tears of Heaven’ and later on ‘Mozart!’ encore stage were also sold out, showing off an unrivalled ‘ticket power’.
The production that gave Kim Junsu wings to fly is the 2012 musical ‘Elisabeth’. He won the Best Actor Award at ‘The 18th Korea Musical Awards’ for his role as ‘Death’, receiving recognition for his singing and acting abilities. Professor Lee Yoo Ri from the Department of Musical Theatre of Chungkang College of Cultural Industries commented, “It’s almost impossible to maintain ‘ticket power’ reputation for four consecutive years relying only on his title as an idol. The passion, sincerity, and his own acting style he has built in order to overcome the aspects he lacked in are what placed Kim Junsu in the best position.”
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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.
Pop singers in South Korea enjoy taking on new challenges to expand their careers in the entertainment industry into various fields. Musicals are one such avenue. The profession, which requires talent not only in singing but also in acting and dancing, is sometimes considered overly arduous for idols to manage. However, there are a few who overcame these underestimations of idols’ talents and successfully became competent musical actors.
1. Kim Jun-soo (JYJ)
A member of K-pop group JYJ and also known by his stage name Xia, Kim Jun-soo made his debut on the musical stage in 2010 with a leading role in “Mozart.”
Soon he was acknowledged for his skillful singing talent as well as his well-polished acting and dancing skills. He received the “Best New Actor” award at the Musical Awards and the Korea Musical Awards in 2010. Kim continued to perform on stage with “Tears of Heaven” and “Elizabeth.”
Recently, the hallyu star was voted the “idol singer with the most potential to become a musical actor” in an online community poll.
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JYJ is back with another special video for Valentine’s Day! The clip is sure to leave fans smiling and laughing as the boys reprise their roles from dramas or musicals to put on a hilarious impromptu skit.
Junsu starts off by greeting fans by singing his words as if he’s still in character for his musical, while Yoochun speaks to fans as if he is the characters from ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal‘, ‘Rooftop Prince‘, and ‘I Miss You‘, while Jaejoong does the same by talking as if he is once again acting as his characters from ‘Protect the Boss‘, and ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘. The boys all ask about whether fans have received sweets and chocolates, and their wish to receive chocolates for the special day.
The trio then come together for an impromptu skit in which they decide to play their respective characters (Jaejoong becoming his character in ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin’, and Yoochun becoming his king character in ‘Rooftop Prince’) as they talk to each other about eating chocolate. Since Junsu is not quite sure what to do, the members tell him he must sing everything he says like he is in his musical, bringing laughs.