MBC Newsdesk’s Entertainment Today
[by Park Seul Gi, translated by Sora Ghim]
Group JYJ’s member Kim Junsu ranked first as the best male musical actor of 2014.
On December 3, his agency C-JeS Entertainment announced, “A musical specialty magazine released a poll for the ‘Top Musical Male Actor’ which placed Kim Junsu in first place. He received over 50% of the votes and got a heated response from the audience this year.”
Starting in July until September, Kim Junsu was in ‘Dracula’ as the count himself. He showed an impressive performance that left an overwhelming presence, obtaining love in all dimensions.
A representative from The Musical stated, “Kim Junsu displays the greatest ticketing power. Playing the role of Dracula in the musical ‘Dracula,’ he continues to be fantasy characters since Todd from ‘Elizabeth.’ He enhances the mysterious aura of Dracula for a great visual and impactful portrayal.”
Meanwhile, Kim Junsu is preparing to greet the audience through the ‘2014 XIA Ballad&Musical Concert with Orchestra vol.3’ on December 30 and 31.
(photo by OD Musical Company)
[NEWS] Junsu nominated for best musical actor via KPOP Herald
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K-pop boy band JYJ members will focus on solo careers after wrapping up their group activities at the end of this year.
The boys — Yoochun, Jaejoong and Junsu — pursued musical career as a group since they released the second studio album “Just Us” on July 29.
The trio are gearing up to return to the drama, film and musical scene after ending their Japanese concert tour series in December.
[Parts unrelated to Junsu omitted]
Q: The most memorable musical performance in 2012 is?
If we were to choose the most successful performance among the musical performances this year, it would be Elisabeth and Wicked.
2 musicals. Our team has discussed, and we have decided to opt for Elisabeth. This is because the investment of the performance depends on the solid numbers.
No matter how good is the performance, if the breakeven point is more than 90%, it would be very difficult to decide, because even if it is profitable, the profit will not be more than 10%.
We started off by choosing Elisabeth, it is because idol Kim Junsu came for an audition. Because of Kim Junsu, just by selling out the tickets, it can exceed the breakeven point by 60%. Before the performance started, the sales of the other performances without Kim Junsu was not performing well.
Even when it was only a day before the official performance, we were worried whether it is going to be a success and we felt very depressed. These worries disappeared completely after we have seen the first performance. Everything fits well from the completeness of the performance to the performance arrangement/layout. Read More →
[Note: Only parts related to Kim Junsu are translated.]
(Takahara Yoko is curently an active Korean-Japanese performance coordinator.)
Reporter: Which actor has set the beginning of the Korean musicals trend?
Yoko: It can be seen as ‘Before Kim Junsu, After Kim Junsu’. Since ‘Mozart’ created a big impact in 2010, there was a big change in the industry.
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Reporter: Then which musical do Japanese audience want to see the most at the moment?
Yoko: The most anticipating musicals are musicals produced by EMK. ‘Mozart’ and ‘Elisabeth’ were already performed in Japan so the audience knew what these musicals are about. Above all, they are interested in whether Kim Junsu would participate in the performance or not. I think starting of like that, they gradually take interest in Korean musicals more and more. Now they even planned to go to Dae-hak street just to watch the musical ‘Washing’.
‘Wicked’ Lures More Men to Musical Theater
The Broadway hit “Wicked” is considered a quintessentially U.S. musical but is also proving a hit in Korea. As of Sunday, 92.3 percent of seats have sold out, excluding free seats reserved for invited guests, in the first 11 days of the show’s run.
This is the first time since the original cast of “Cats” visited Korea as part of its world tour in 2007 that the average occupancy rate of seats by spectators for a musical’s entire performance period has surpassed 90 percent.
Very few musicals have enjoyed sold-out performances here during their full run, although there have been a small number of exceptions featuring big-time actors like Cho Seung-woo or Kim Jun-su. Even “Cats,” Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical that made its global premier in 1981, only achieved an average seat occupancy rate of 90 percent halfway through its tour of Seoul.
(unrelated parts omitted)
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