By Kwon Mee-yoo
The musical “Death Note,” one of the most highly anticipated theatrical spectacles of the year, has raised its curtain at the Opera House of Seongnam Arts Center in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul.
The show _ featuring music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Ivan Menchell _ is directed by Japanese director Tamiya Kuriyama. It premiered in Tokyo in April, before staging its first licensed production in Korea.
The musical is based on the internationally popular Japanese manga series of the same name, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It revolves around high school student Light Yagami, who picks up a “God of Death” notebook, which enables the user to kill anyone. As soon as he realizes the power of the “Death Note,” Light decides to build an ideal world by killing criminals based on his own justice.
In the Korean production, top musical actor Hong Kwang-ho, who just returned from a one-year stint as Thuy in “Miss Saigon” in London’s West End, takes the role of Light, while K-pop sensation Kim Jun-su of JYJ plays Light’s arch-rival, detective L, a genius who tries to put a stop to Light’s immature attempts.
With an outstanding charisma and clear voice, Jung Sunah captivated fans’ heart for each musical performance. Fans often say that she was born to be a musical actress. From sorrow to elegance, she plentifully expressed her diverse charms and the whole shooting was unrolled like a musical.
She is actually playing the role of Misa in ‘Death Note’ and is once again proving her awesome talents. At the beginning, she was quite worried about the musical since it was based on a Japanese cartoon but now she is completely pulling the character off.
Amid musical ‘Death Note’ raising its splendid curtain with a preview last June 19, there is great topic over fellow stars visiting its theater.
At the theater for musical ‘Death Note’ that’s receiving hot popularity after its opening, Sol Kyung-gu, Lee Jung-jae, Park Joo-mi, Kang Hye-jung, Kim Min-jae, Jung Suk-won, Han Sunchun, Oh Cho-hee, Shim Eun-kyung, Hani(EXID), Choi Yu-ra, Ryoo Ui-hyun, Choi Young-rak, and other top-notch stars lead the way for their fellow peers. Musical ‘Death Note’ is the first production by C-JeS Culture; and in particular, it is said that many family members who are under the same roof[T/N: management (C-JeS Entertainment)] were in attendance, conveying their messages of supports and showing a warm scenery.
The stars who watched the performance said, “It was a performance that I couldn’t only focus on the solid story up to the actors’ acting” at the astounding stage, “Each actors’ commitments to their characters were outstanding. I wasn’t able to take my eyes off the actors’ presences onstage.”; and were unsparing of their praises about the production and actors. They also said, “As much as the actors’ energies were astonishing, I hope everyone concludes with healthy, strong performances till the end” and had conveyed messages of supports for the starring actors.
Musical ‘Death Note’ is receiving attention as truly the best musical the summer; and its seats are overcrowded with every audience. There are reviews about it filling up Seongnam Arts Center’s Opera House with energy on an explosive stage that captivates its audiences with addictive numbers, and drawing hot responses.
After fans’ unfailing supports, musical ‘Death Note’ will extend its performance until August 15.
On June 20, the musical started its first performance and had a tremendous popularity. With its 2 strong main characters and overwhelming performances, the musical definitely captivated fans’ heart. Also it received a very favorable response from the public since actors showed a perfect synchronization with their characters. .
‘Death Note’ attracted lots of people’s attention and was a hot issue from the beginning. To repay fans’ love, some additional performances will be held until August 15.
All the tickets were sold out for the existing performances so fans are glad to hear the news.
Meanwhile, the tickets for ‘Death Note’s extra performances will be available through different tickets portals starting June 29 at 2:00 PM KST.
JYJ3 Note: Ivan Menchell is the scriptwriter for ‘Death Note’ the Musical.
Other works credited under him are: Bonnie & Clyde and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (musicals), Blended (movie), Phil of the Future and Jonas([Disney] TV shows)