JYJ’s Junsu explains what drew him to ‘Dracula’ musical
At the January 26th press conference for ‘Dracula’, Junsu commented on the titular character, which he plays. He said, “Even the word Dracula as well as the character Dracula are things that people know. Though the character is a little frightful at first as a monster that drinks blood, it’s a character that thirsts for love more than anyone.”
He added, “It’s a very innocent character. That’s why he’s only longed for one woman for 400 years. I think the biggest charm of the musical ‘Dracula’ is that it tells the story of a Dracula we don’t know and his sad story.”
Junsu is reprising his role as Dracula for just two weeks. He initially starred in the musical in 2014.
JYJ’s Junsu Talks About His Love for the Musical “Dracula”
JYJ’s Junsu appeared along with his “Dracula” co-stars at a press conference for the show on January 26, where he had the chance to share how much he loves the musical.
Junsu, who is one of the actors taking the role of Dracula in this production, says, “Since the first production of ‘Dracula’ ended, I’ve thought that I wanted to do it again, whenever it was put on another time. It’s a work that has made me feel a lot of things, helped me to improve, and taught me a lot.”
“I have an attachment to this work more than anything else,” he says. “In the first production, I was working with great actors, but I wanted to show a more mature performance this time around, as well as include parts of the story I wasn’t able to convey last time. ‘Dracula’ is a work that I really love, and although it’s just starting, I want to do it again at any time in the future. I’m truly happy in this moment.”
Junsu goes on to say, “I didn’t know that I would be back on the ‘Dracula’ stage again so soon. Although it’s not for a long time, I’m grateful, and totally focused on the work.”
Junsu took the same role in Korea’s first production of “Dracula” back in 2014. The second production of the show began on January 23, and is running until February 9 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.
Kim Jun-su’s voice stands out in ‘Dracula’
Some might say that JYJ member Kim Jun-su’s voice does not lend itself well to the musical “Dracula,” but Kim begs to differ. He spoke out against criticism about his voice in the musical performance at a press conference on Tuesday.
Kim’s voice is different from those commonly heard in musical roles. His throaty vibratos, sharp tone and breathy voice is expressive. However, the unique nature of his voice has sometimes drawn criticism that it lacks clarity, making it uncomfortable for listeners.
In a press promotion of “Dracula” in Sejong Center in Seoul on Tuesday, the 29-year-old musician Kim, who plays “Count Dracula” shared thoughts about such comments.
“That was my foremost concern,” Kim said. “Initially I tried to pursue a classical voice or opera tone. At one point I got lost.”
However, advice from a senior actor helped him get over this problem and gave him confidence about what kind of voice to use in musicals.
“I was advised not to shift my voice, since (the senior) was concerned that it might get rid of my originality,” Kim said. “(The senior) stressed that it is unnecessary to emulate other performers’ voice. Then it coursed through my mind that keeping my voice unique could become an attraction to the show one day.”
It was demanding for Kim to strike a balance between the voice of a musical performer and a member of JYJ, but he managed to achieve this.
Shin Chun-soo, co-producer of “Dracula,” praised Kim’s voice.
“His voice perfectly suits the role. Each of the four musical actors playing ‘Dracula’ have their own style and interpretations of their roles,” he said.
The “Dracula” performance, which began last Saturday will end on Feb. 9. It is the second run of the musical in Korea. The first run in 2014 also featured Kim as the protagonist.
Kim’s first performance in a musical was in “Mozart,” a year after he nullified his contract with his former agency SM Entertainment.
Since then, Kim has acted in “Jun” in “Tears in Heaven,” (2011), “Death” in “Elisabeth” (2012), “Yoon Ji-wook” in “December” (2013, 2014), “Count Dracula” in “Dracula” (2014) and “L” in “Death Note” (2015).
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