After a rough week, Starlights now have something to rejoice. According to sources at OSEN News, VIXX’s lead vocalist Ken has been confirmed to join the cast of the musical version of popular Korean drama Boys Over Flowers. Fans of the vocalist have more to swoon over as Ken is set to play the leader of the famous F4, Gu Jun-Pyo—a role formerly portrayed by Lee Min-ho, Tanihara Shōsuke in the original 1995 film adaptation of the Japanese manga, and later Matsumoto Jun in the 2005 series of the same name.
This will be Ken’s third musical appearance, having made his theater debut as the lead in 2015’s Chess, the Korean adaptation of the 1984 ABBA musical album of the same name. His theater chops were validated when he garnered the lead role in last year’s Cinderella. Ken is one of a myriad of idols who’ve managed to shine on the musical stage. It’s no surprise to those who’ve had the opportunity to see the vocalist on stage that he’s managed to snag another leading role—one of the most iconic roles in K-drama, no less.
The musical adaptation of the now classic Korean adaptation boasts quite a cast. Ken will be acting opposite BTOB’s own lead vocalist, Lee Chang-Sub, and miss A’s Min. Ken will certainly be the veteran stage actor of this idol-led cast, as this will be both Min and Chang-Sub’s theater debuts. However, given the popularity of the K-drama and its significance in the Hallyu wave, producers will certainly have no trouble garnering attention.
It’s most certainly a risk, trying to adapt a show that’s left such an impression in K-drama fans’ minds into a musical. There are already mixed feelings about how exactly the writers and their players will pull it off. But with a cast full of idols determined to make a name for themselves outside of their idol personae—granted, considering the source material, it’s won’t exactly be much of a stretch—there’s no doubt everyone will give their all to preserve the integrity of the show. For Min and Chang-Sub, it’s certainly an intelligent way to ease into the musical world.
The show is set to open on March 24th at the Daehak Arts Center at Daegu’s Hongik University.