Saw and read this article on Quainte501 translated by xiaochu. I think this article was from last Tuesday's presscon and press call. Much thanks xiaochu for doing the translation once again.
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Made into musical from popular drama, the musical started last year starring DongBangShinGi's Uknow Yunho and this musical which attracted lots of attention was launched for a second time in Korea after being performed in Japan recently, and it received good appraisals as being more refined than its first launch.
In this performance this time, SS501's Kim KyuJong took the role of Prince Lee Shin which he has also undertaken this role in the performances in Japan this year, Kang DongHo who has participated in the first launch returns as the role of Lee Shin. In rivalry for the throne, to be the Prince, and in love, the role of Lee Yul is shared among Jung DongHwa, Jang WooSoo and Jang YuJun. Lively high school student Shin ChaeKyung who is being loved by both princes is by Kwak SeonYoung and Choi YeSeul.
Song ByongJun who is in charge of the production and performance said "The musical also gained a lot of love in Japan because they are already familiar with the drama there. You will be able to see a even more upgraded performance as compared to the first launch in both the performances in Japan and in Korea."
He said regarding the casting of idol singers "Although there are many excellent actors in the musical industry, there aren't many idols in this musical industry. Because Prince Lee Shin in the musical is a national idol, he has to get into this role for 2 hours, so we need to cast someone similar to this role."
Kim KyuJong who finished the first performance in Korea successfully said "I felt the responsibility and feel nervous as it is the first musical performance in our country, but I worked hard to try to enjoy while doing it. Though I felt small in front of charisma of DongHo hyung who also acts in the same role, I am still learning."
Kang DongHo said showing his confidence "Even though there are some regrets during the first launch performances as an actor, we continuously worked on it and seems like we received good appraisals in the performance this time. I think it won't be long before it becomes Korea's representative creation musical."