JYJ’s Kim Junsu has decided to join the cast of the musical ‘Mozart!’ as the leading role.
This means that there are a total of four actors who will play Mozart, and they are Lim Tae Kyung, Park Eun Tae, Kim Junsu and Jeon Dong Seok.
Kim Junsu’s appearance in the production became a hot topic of debate amongst fans and representatives of the musical industry when it was announced that the musical would be having encore performances in 2011.
Kim Junsu debuted as a musical actor through the musical ‘Mozart!’ last January and was able to make a successful debut by sweeping up all Best Newcomer awards and Ticket Power awards in various musical awards ceremonies such as The Musical Awards, the Korean Musical Awards and the Interpark Golden Ticket Awards.
Afterwards, he stood on stage with world-renowned musical actor Brad Little in a new musical, working with Frank Wildhorn, the composer of ‘Monte Christo’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.
Kim Junsu stated, “Because ‘Mozart!’ was the first production since my debut that I participated in as Kim Junsu, I have a lot of affection for it and there is a feeling of longing that I have because it was my first musical,” and “But then I heard that most of the original cast of ‘Mozart!’ were getting together for an encore performance, and I knew that I had to stand on stage with them as Mozart again.”
Kim Junsu, who is currently participating in a variety of activities with his fellow band-mates Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong, recently finished the first leg of JYJ’s World Tour in Thailand with success. Though many were initially skeptical of his appearance in the musical due to his busy schedule as a singer, Kim Junsu’s agency and the production company were able to come to a compromise and set an appropriate schedule as Kim Junsu himself had a strong desire to return to the musical.
CEO Eom Hong Hyun of EMK Musical Company stated, “We are extremely happy to be able to work with Kim Junsu again. Because he is an actor who was able to incorporate his own style into Mozart’s rebellious and free-spirited character, we are excited to see how much he has grown in the past year,” and “Because he’s an artiste who is still young and full of potential, we hope he continues to try out various genres of music so that he can continue to be a leading example to other singers.”
Yoo Hui Sung, who has returned as the director for the musical, stated, “I’m highly anticipating working with Kim Junsu again and we will work hard to show the audience a great performance.”
The musical ‘Mozart!’ reinterprets the dynamic life of the musical genius Mozart with a variety of musical genres such as rock and jazz. With over 500 extravagant costumes and wigs, it is considered to be Europe’s greatest musical, enrapturing tens of millions of audience members with its content and visual intricacy.
It was first performed in Korea in 2010 at the Sejong Arts Center and broke records by bringing in over 100,000 audience members in just one month. The musical then proceeded to collect a total of 11 trophies in various musical awards ceremonies in 2010.
The encore performances of the musical ‘Mozart!’ will be held from May 24th to July 3rd at the Seongnam Arts Center and the cast will include actors from the original cast such as Lim Tae Kyung, Park Eun Tae, Seo Bum Seok, Min Young Gi, Lee Kyung Mi, Shin Youn Suk and Jung Seon Ah as well as some new faces such as Jeon Dong Seok, Lim Gang Hee, Jung Young Joo, Yoon Seung Wook and Enok.
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