K-pop Divas Turn to Musical Stage

K-pop divas, Bada, Ok Joo-hyun and Wax are turning to the musical stage, taking full advantage of their talents and popularity to raise ticket sales in the country’s musical industry.

Bada, former member of popular girl band S.E.S, plays a young British woman exploring her love life in New York City and Hollywood in the Korean version of Broadway musical “Tell Me on a Sunday.” This is the second musical production for the 27-year-old singer who is still active both on TV and stage. She has released three solo-albums so far.

The musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black, is a one-woman-show which requires musical talent as well as acting skills. Bada takes the role of the leading character, who leaves home to seek success, companionship and love. As she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether — in fact — she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. “Tell Me on a Sunday,” starring Bada hits the stage Oct. 1 at Yeongang Hall of Doosan Art Center.

Ok Joo-hyun, lead singer of the former member of famous female group Fin.k.l, will play chorus girl Roxie Hart, in the upcoming musical “Chicago.” This is her second musical after making her debut in “Aida” in 2005. Ok has received various accolades after releasing her first solo album “Nan” four years ago and has been demonstrating her musical and entertainer talents both on the small and big screen. In her second musical, “Chicago” she is to play sexy but elegant Roxie Hart. The versatile singer and actress said she is taking private acting lesson from Jeon Soo-kyung, one of the country’s musical divas, who took the role of Roxie Hart many years ago.

The musical “Chicago” is a satire piece on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and adds sensuality, seduction and murder. Chorus girl Roxie Hart gets arrested for murder but is cleared of the charges, thanks to media manipulation, in the end. Ok shares the role of Roxie Hart, with Bae Hae-sun.

“Chicago” will run from Sept. 18 to 30 at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts.

Rock singer Wax is making her debut as musical actress in October with a homegrown musical titled after her hit song “Fixing My Make-up.” “Fixing My Make-up,” scheduled to hit the stage in Daehangno, is a musical based on her hit songs. Wax, whose real name is Cho Hye-ri, will tell her success story on stage.

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