Most of the actors in the Kdrama industry also have a history in musical theater. Besides having a soaring career in the industry, they also have a background or continue to rule the world of musical theater. Through this article, we talk of those stars. Stars who are jack of all trades.
Kdrama Actors who also Ace in Musical Theatre Industry
1. Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook completed his education in performing arts at Dankook University. Soon after he graduated, he started his career in musical theatre. He found his way into the Kdrama industry in 2016 with “Days.” However, he continues to be a part of musical theater while doing his best through his skills in the Korean entertainment industry. He was also a part of the production team in Military, 2017.
In 2022, Ji Chang Wook made a comeback in musical industry after starring action and romantic dramas. He plays the innocent magician, Rieul, in “The Sound of Magic,” together with Choi Sung Eun and Hwang In Youp. Ji Chang Wook once again proves that he is one of the prominent Kdrama actors who also ace in the musical industry.
2. Joo Won
For Joo Won, his love for music and singing got him to audition for the popular musical “Altar Boyz.” His musical career began with this, and he slowly got a couple of chances to be a part of famous roles such as the musical “Spring Awakening.” He was then selected to be a part of Kdrama, “Bread, Love, and Dreams.” The success he achieved with this helped him take upon many other roles.
3. Kang Ha Neul
Kang Ha Neul‘s singing comes from the semblance of his dad, who is a notable folk artist. He grew up learning the guitar and singing, so it was normal for him to get into musicals! His most outstanding appearances were in the musicals “Prince Puzzle,” “Assassins,” and “Thrill Me.” Somewhere along the line, he chose to make the shift into Kdrama, and it was pretty easy because of his unbelievable acting ability. Despite this, he could not move away from the musicals and is still a part of the musical industry.
4. Uhm Ki Joon
Uhm Ki Joon‘s noteworthy melodic vocation took off when he featured in a few hits, including “Singing in the Rain,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Grease,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and a lot of others. His great setup of featuring in such mainstream titles and roles made him an extremely pursued and regarded entertainer in the world of Kdrama.
With this certified notoriety, he started his profession on-screen and demonstrated no halting his street to progress. He still continues to act in musicals and features in the play “Werther.” Uhm Ki Joon is notably one of the Kdrama actors with excellent musical experience we shouldn’t ignore.
5. Jo Jung Suk
Jo Jung Suk went to the Seoul Institute of the Arts for theater yet needed to exit because of his dad’s illness, and he needed to take care of him financially. He then went on to do musicals and make a living out of it. His debut in the musicals was with “The Nutcracker” in 2004, and he continued with the same, participating in more than 25 musicals. However, one of his most noteworthy performances was his role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
6. Park Hae Soo
Park Hae Soo has become famous in the world of Kdrama. However, he began his profession in musicals. He first appeared in the creation “Mr. Lobby” in 2007 and proceeded to show up in a few others, including “Annapurna” and “Angel Called Desire.” He was first identified by Prison Playbook‘s director, taking a gander at the entertainer’s in musical theater precisely, and had his heart set on Hae Soo to be the lead. It was his musical career that helped him land on this role.
7. Lee Kyu Hyung
Many know Lee Kyu Hyung from his part as Looney in “Prison Playbook,” however you might be amazed to know that besides his popularity in Kdrama, he is also a very notable name in the musical theatre industry.
Furthermore, he was a part of a theatre club in his school. He proceeded with his vocation in theater and musicals long after he moved on from college. He was likewise important for the “Hedwig” cast in 2019, and even today, he continues to participate in different musical creations.
8. Kim Sung Cheol
Another star from “Prison Playbook” and talented musical actor, Kim Sung Cheol, has proved himself, regardless of the role. With his debut in “Prison Playbook”, Kim Young Cheol did earn a huge number of fans for himself. He won the male rookie award in 2015 for Best Musical Actor at the Stagetalk Audience Choice Awards. He then later won the Best New Actor for his role in “Sweeney Todd.” Kim Sung Cheol is noted for his incredible acting skills and his flawless singing.
9. Yoo Joon Sang
Yoo Joon Sang graduated with a degree in theater arts. He has been a part of musical productions including “Jack the Ripper,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Days,” and “Rebecca.”
However, Yoo Joon Sang effortlessly transitioned as an on-screen star. He has achieved a lot of success in Kdramas and movies. He has also received accolades and awards, including Best Actor at the Korea Musical Awards and the Star of the Year Award at the Daegu International Musical Festival.
10. Cho Seung Woo
Cho Seung Woo’s becoming a musical theater artist happened naturally because both his parents were established performers in musical theatre. Though he always wanted to get into musicals, he was selected for a role in the movie “Chunhyang,” which paved the way for successful Kdramas and movies. However, after his first movie, Cho Seung Woo started his notable and successful career in musicals. He has been able to be a huge success in both Kdramas/movies and musicals. He has received immense love and accolades for his performances.
11. Yoo Yeon Seok
We all know Yoo Yeon Seok for his enigmatic roles in drama and movies, but he has also been in several musicals. He got into the musical theatre industry after he became popular in dramas and movies. In the 2015 production “Le Passe-Muraille,” he debuted, and from then on, he continued to perform in other plays, including “Werther,” “Hedwig,” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
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