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Posted: Thursday May10, 2012 @2:55 p.m. PST
It was revealed that JYJ’s member Junsu is nominated for the Best Male Lead category for the “The Musical Awards” that will be held for the sixth time.
As reported on Dkpopnews, on 9 May, a press conference for the awards event was held at the Korea Press Centre in Seoul and the nominees were revealed then.
It was during this time that Kim Jun-su, who played the role of Death in the musical “Elisabeth”, was announced to be among the nominees. Meanwhile, the musical itself received nominations for 12 categories.
The 6th “The Musical Awards” will be held at the National Theatre of Korea on 4 June.
JYJ’s Kim Junsu plays Tod in the musical “Elizabeth” which is based on a real story.
This role is challenging for Kim said of his role, “Doing something that I want to do and something that I can do is another story. I thought that ‘Death’ has to be grave and dignified, and the actor who plays this role has to have enough acting experience. I agonized greatly whether I could successfully play the role. But I realized that ‘death’ does not exist and there will be no correct answer.”
He made the decision to play this role of death and how he would make the character his own, Kim explained, “The head of our agency asked me, ‘Why do you think that the character should be dignified even though it does not exist?’ After I listened to his question, I realized that it could be young or innocent, and I decided to present ‘Death’ my own way, according to how I think.”
Kim asked himself questions on how to approach his difficult role, Kim said, “What is after death?” and “Do I really die someday?” and he further explained his definition of death to be, “Death is something that makes people feel that they are only human who inevitably die, which makes people feel miserable.”
Kim put a lot of thought and feelings into the entire play including the thoughts and feelings of Elizabeth, how she felt and thought before death. He said, “Death asked Elizabeth what ‘death’ meant to her, and she answered that she, who had been dreaming of free life, felt pessimistic when she became the empress. I thought that ‘death’ might have brought her a kind of freedom, comfort, and peace.”
Kim will be playing the role Tod which death in twenties and two other actors will take over the role in their thirties and forties, Kim said, “Watching different acting by different actors who play the same character is a very exciting element and the power of the musical.”
The singer expressed he wants his critics to see him as a musical lover not just a pop idol, “I knew that some people criticized me that I had been cast as the protagonist only because I came from a star idol group, and I had been very cautious. I did not know about musicals at all when I appeared in the musical ‘Mozart’ as the protagonist, but musicals gave me strength and hope when I had gone through a very difficult situation, so I do not want to give up appearing in musicals. Now I only think that I have to repay the audience and the producer who have shown trust to me. It is true that I come from an idol group, and I am trying my best to change people’s prejudice about me. I want to be regarded as a musical actor who really loves musicals.”
Kim is the third member of the music group JYJ which is working on a new album set to release in 2012 and one of the original members of the super group TVXQ, the most talked about groups from fans to reunite.
According to KBS and history, this is what the play is about:The musical “Elizabeth” is based on a true life story of Austria’s Empress Elizabeth, and the other protagonist besides Elizabeth is Tod, which is the personified character of death. “Tod,” who met Elizabeth when she was young, fell in love with her and came to stay right beside her during her lifetime while tempting her. Elizabeth, who came to be destined to live in the cage of the palace even though she had been pursuing her free life and love, became weakened by Tod’s temptations.
The musical will run for three months February to May 2012.
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Posted: Wednesday August 2, 2011 @ 12:01 am PST
Topic: Bharati – The Musical
Bharati is a music and dance show about India that features 100 actors, dancers, martial artists, acrobats, singers, and musicians which illustrates India’s art and culture. The musical is presented by Sahara India which originated in Paris.
According to Wikipedia, Baharti “Tells the story of Siddhartha, the young engineer from the U.S. back to his native India to improve the water quality of the Ganges.
Although her father has already chosen a husband for her, Siddharta is in love
with the beguiling Bharati – and in India. “Bharati” is the name of India is to Hindi.”
The cast stars Actress and Dancer Bhavana Pani, Dancer Vjay and Mangesh Nikam to name a few.
Blog Source: New York Times – Lawrence K. Ho – Culture Monster
Posted: Saturday July 16, 2011 @ 3:42 pm PST
Topic: Shrek The Musical – David Petersen – David F.M. Vaughn
According to Culture Monster the tale revolves around Shrek ( Eric Petersen) whose swamp has been invaded by fairy tale characters, exiled by decree of despotic, diminutive Lord Farquaad (David F.M. Vaughn). In order to rid himself of his unwanted visitors, Shrek agrees to rescue Farquaad’s intended bride, Princess Fiona (Haven Burton) from a castle surrounded by lava and guarded by a lovelorn lady dragon (spectacularly voiced by Carrie Compere).
“Shrek: The Musical,” now at the Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Ends July 31. $25-$90. (800) 982-2787. www.BroadwayLA.org. Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.