[T/N: The article is very critical of stars that did not perform well in musicals and theatre. Even one of the most popular idol singers was criticized quite harshly in this article. However, there was no negative evaluation of Junsu at all in the article. Because our Junsu is a real gem, not a pebble.]
Popular stars’ report cards of their stage performances, 2011 – survey of 118 people working in performing arts and twitter users
Among the popular stars that stood on the stage this year, Kim Junsu (left to right) who appeared in ‘Mozart!’ and Jo Seungwoo of ‘Zoro’ received evaluations that [they] possess both power that dominates the stage and high level of recognition [from the public].
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Just in the recent years, popular stars who work mainly in TV and movies are performing on the stage in theatre and musicals. There are conflicting opinions on positive and negative effects of so-called star marketing, but stars that perform regardless of what kind of stage do not seem to be a short-term trend any more. This means that it is time to distinguish real gems from pebbles by delivering a cool-headed judgment on their performance on stage regardless of their popularity among the public.
How did audiences and people working in the field of performing arts evaluate popular stars that stood on the stage in theatre and musical? Based on the survey filled out by 18 performing arts-related persons and 100 people who follow Interpark’s Twitter account (@InterparkTicket), [we] found out which stars performed impressively and which stars poorly.
Above all, many named JYJ’s member Kim Junsu of musical ‘Mozart!’ as a star who shined on the stage. Seven out of 18 performing art experts and 44 out of 100 audiences praised his acting on the stage. Kim Junsu appeared in Austrian musical ‘Mozart!’ in 2010 and also this year’s encore presentation.
Professor Lee Yuri of Chungkang College of Cultural Industries stated that Kim Junsu “possesses various conditions to be a musical star, such as his unique voice with especially attractive high-pitched tones, a sincere attitude, and the presence that dominates the stage. He would do well the role of Mark in ‘Rent’.” Also, Ku Jaheung, president of Myungdong Art Theatre evaluated that Kim Junsu “went above and beyond the star quality of an idol and presented acting of delicate emotions.”
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