By Kwon Mee-yoo
Oscar Wilde’s 19th century philosophical novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is being adapted for a musical production starring K-pop’s Kim Jun-su in September.
Slated for opening on Sept. 3 at Seongnam Arts Center in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, the musical “Dorian Gray” is one of the most highly anticipated theatrical works in Korea this year.
Scripted by Cho Yong-shin, with music composed by Kim Moon-jeong, the musical is directed by Lee Gi-na, known for mega-productions such as “Seopyeonje” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
This is the first original production by CJeS Culture, a theater-related subsidiary of talent agency CJeS Entertainment. The production was originally developed for a small theater at a workshop in 2013.
Cho said the show went through major changes from its initial conception as it grew bigger. “Now the actors have to bring out more depth as new characters have been added, creating more dynamics in relationships,” Cho said at a press conference introducing the musical on July 11. “It’s a totally new show for a bigger theater.”