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110619 Jung Sun Ah Praises Kim Junsu In Her Interview

It looks like each member of the ‘Mozart quartet’ has his own unique character?

“They’re different. Each of them are different.”

#2 Kim Junsu(Xiahzart): “Wow~ That kid is really a prodigy. That word explains him well. I think he’s really intelligent. Compared to last year’s performances, he wasn’t able to rehearse much for the encore performance because he was also holding a world tour in between. He came to about two rehearsals and did a run-through and he was so good at it. There were a lot of changes in the lyrics from last year’s performances, but he was perfect.

“He talks to me on the phone and we chat on Kakao Talk often. I really like him. But it’s not only me; other ‘aunties’… like Young Suk and Lee Gyeong Mi, really like him too. This is confidential.. but when we’re in the make up room, there’s a monitor that let’s us watch what Junsu’s doing on stage. Whenever Junsu comes on, we all say, “How is he so good?”, “Awwww~” and “Look at him, look at him!” Gyeong Mi’s love for Junsu is amazing.”


Two of your husbands are older than you and two are younger than you.

“I don’t know about Junsu, but I can feel the age difference with Dong Seok, though they’re both younger than me. He’s quite handsome on stage. Hahaha!”


“Could there be anyone (who came from being a celebrity to a musical actor) who loves musicals more than I do? For people who have come from the TV screen to the musical stage, some may see musicals as just a job that brings home the paycheck. But how much do those people really love musicals? Of course, Junsu is an exception. From when I was little, I’ve always dreamed of becoming a musical actress. Now, I’m living it and wanting to make it my entire life.”


Who is the actor who has had the best chemistry with you till now? Just so you know, a fan of Kim Junsu asked this question.

“Hahaha! First of all, I’d just like to say that I have horrible memory. When a concert has an encore performance, people usually remember how other actors were in the initial performance, but I can’t. My mom says, ‘How do you memorize your lines with that awful memory of yours?’ I’m better at momentary concentration.”

“At first, I worked really well with Gun Myeong. At that time, I didn’t know much so it must have been hard on him. I work really well with Junsu too. I thought we wouldn’t have great chemistry together but we surprisingly do. It’s because Junsu’s so witty.


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110504 JYJ Kim Junsu sells out “Mozart!” once again

Singer and musical actor Kim Junsu (JYJ, Xiah Junsu) once again accomplished a legend in selling out tickets.

Musical “Mozart!’s” producer EMK Musical Company revealed, “the ticket for Kim Junsu’s 8 performances in “Mozart” which started today (4th) have sold out.”

The number of sold-out tickets are for a total of 13,000 seats in eight shows. Kim Junsu, when he was appearing in “Mozart!” last year, had also sold all 30,000 seats for 15 performances in Saejong Culture Hall. [Previously], the 40,000 seat musical concert starring Junsu had also sold out.

EMP Musical Company stated, “questions regarding canceled and transfer tickets are pouring in already. Please look forward to the third round of ticketing on the 25th.”

“Mozart!” is a piece made by world famous playwright Michael Kunz and composer Sylvester Levay. It received much love during its premiere [in Korea] by reinterpreting Mozart’s dynamic life in a modern way with various music such as rock and jazz.

Kim Junsu tired musicals for the first time last year with “Mozart.” Kim Junsu, who received the nickname “Xiahzart (Xiah Junsu+Mozart),” positioned himself as a musical actor with excellent singing ability and natural acting.

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110415 JYJ’s Kim Junsu Confirmed To Join The Musical ‘Mozart!

JYJ’s Kim Junsu has decided to join the cast of the musical ‘Mozart!’ as the leading role.

This means that there are a total of four actors who will play Mozart, and they are Lim Tae Kyung, Park Eun Tae, Kim Junsu and Jeon Dong Seok.

Kim Junsu’s appearance in the production became a hot topic of debate amongst fans and representatives of the musical industry when it was announced that the musical would be having encore performances in 2011.

Kim Junsu debuted as a musical actor through the musical ‘Mozart!’ last January and was able to make a successful debut by sweeping up all Best Newcomer awards and Ticket Power awards in various musical awards ceremonies such as The Musical Awards, the Korean Musical Awards and the Interpark Golden Ticket Awards.

Afterwards, he stood on stage with world-renowned musical actor Brad Little in a new musical, working with Frank Wildhorn, the composer of ‘Monte Christo’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.

Kim Junsu stated, “Because ‘Mozart!’ was the first production since my debut that I participated in as Kim Junsu, I have a lot of affection for it and there is a feeling of longing that I have because it was my first musical,” and “But then I heard that most of the original cast of ‘Mozart!’ were getting together for an encore performance, and I knew that I had to stand on stage with them as Mozart again.”

Kim Junsu, who is currently participating in a variety of activities with his fellow band-mates Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong, recently finished the first leg of JYJ’s World Tour in Thailand with success. Though many were initially skeptical of his appearance in the musical due to his busy schedule as a singer, Kim Junsu’s agency and the production company were able to come to a compromise and set an appropriate schedule as Kim Junsu himself had a strong desire to return to the musical.

CEO Eom Hong Hyun of EMK Musical Company stated, “We are extremely happy to be able to work with Kim Junsu again. Because he is an actor who was able to incorporate his own style into Mozart’s rebellious and free-spirited character, we are excited to see how much he has grown in the past year,” and “Because he’s an artiste who is still young and full of potential, we hope he continues to try out various genres of music so that he can continue to be a leading example to other singers.

Yoo Hui Sung, who has returned as the director for the musical, stated, “I’m highly anticipating working with Kim Junsu again and we will work hard to show the audience a great performance.”

The musical ‘Mozart!’ reinterprets the dynamic life of the musical genius Mozart with a variety of musical genres such as rock and jazz. With over 500 extravagant costumes and wigs, it is considered to be Europe’s greatest musical, enrapturing tens of millions of audience members with its content and visual intricacy.

It was first performed in Korea in 2010 at the Sejong Arts Center and broke records by bringing in over 100,000 audience members in just one month. The musical then proceeded to collect a total of 11 trophies in various musical awards ceremonies in 2010.

The encore performances of the musical ‘Mozart!’ will be held from May 24th to July 3rd at the Seongnam Arts Center and the cast will include actors from the original cast such as Lim Tae Kyung, Park Eun Tae, Seo Bum Seok, Min Young Gi, Lee Kyung Mi, Shin Youn Suk and Jung Seon Ah as well as some new faces such as Jeon Dong Seok, Lim Gang Hee, Jung Young Joo, Yoon Seung Wook and Enok.

Source: [ajnews]
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“Mozart!” reveals new poster featuring JYJ’s Junsu

With JYJ’s Junsu confirmed for the line-up of 2011’s “Mozart!“, a new poster featuring all four actors playing the role of Mozart has been unveiled!

Posing alongside Junsu are actors Im Tae Kyung, Park Eun Tae, and Jun Dong Suk, each expressing a different emotion. Since their individual personalities are quite unique, fans are already anticipating the subtle differences they’ll bring to their portrayal of Mozart’s character.

The musical first kicked off its Korean performances in 2010 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. The 3,000 seat theater managed to bring in a 100,000 member audience within a month. ”Mozart!” also came away with 11 trophies at various musical awards for the year.

“Mozart!” will begin once more at the Sungnam Art center from May 24th through July 3rd.

Source: TV Report via Nate
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JYJ Kim Junsu, who has been Reborn as a Box-Office Star

Is it that the bitter hardship has instead given him the opportunity to train. He has been reborn from an idol star into the icon of the world of musical.

“It is because of the fans who have always loved me and supported me. Please know that I am always remembering this thankful heart. I want to show you  myself who is trying his best.”

Kim Junsu (24), who has transformed from Xiah Junsu of TVXQ to a musical actor, had grown up a lot in just a year. I met him in a café in Kangnam, Seoul, on the 11th.

“After I finished the second musical ‘Tears of Heaven,’ I gained a confidence in musicals. At first I was worried whether I could do well because it was an original musical, and also I hesitated because the training duration was also short. But I worked up the courage to go into it. Above all, I really loved the songs of the composer Frank Wildhorn.”

He said: “It was a valuable experience because I was able to stand on the same stage as the internationally-renowned musical actor Brad Little and to learn a lot (fro him). He laughed brightly: “Because the market for musicals is smaller in scale than other popular culture industries such as the movie industry, and it is an honor if it could do well by my giving it a positive effect.”

It was he who had left TVXQ with Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun last year after undergoing a conflict with the agency S.M. Entertainment on contracts. He conquered those hardships and pains by challenging himself with the Musical ‘Mozart’ last February. Following that, on February of this year he stood towering as a blue chip (T/N: In the US, the word “blue chip” is used to describe a stock with a stellar reputation). In particular, the performance in which he appeared as the male lead Jun sold out within 2-5 minutes of the tickets opening for sale. It also made topic of various conversations by having the tickets be traded at 3,000 USD online and the like.

This is a win-after-win that is enough to make one feel the words “turn evils into blessings.” The recently-released live performance recording “Kim Junsu Musical Concert—Levay with Friends”  amazingly sold 40,000 copies within 2 weeks of release. Further, group JYJ, which Kim Junsu formed with the former TVXQ members Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun, also sold out their first concert of the World Tour held in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 2nd and 3rd. Kim Junsu has many occasions to celebrate—he was also chosen as #1 in a recent survey to score singing ability of domestic idol group and members by 10 active vocal trainers.

“To be honest, I did not know that I’d come to love musicals like this. I don’t like dramas or movies but I find musicals to be so fun that I go to see them whenever I have time. Whenever I watch them I feel respectful and I feel pride at the fact that I am doing these musicals. I plan to keep on being a singer and a musical actor in the future as well.”

Kim Junsu said: “As a singer, it is fine if I express myself through singing. However, in a musical, that you must sing with the sensibilities of the role that you’ve taken on is difficult but also is electrifyingly attractive.” He, who is currently attending his fourth year at Myungjee University as a Musical major, pledged: “I will try my best in order to act to the extent that I will not suffer by comparison to real musical actors and not because of my popularity as a singer.”

It is the evaluation of the musical industry that even though many male idol stars have jumped into the musical field having their popularity on their backs but it is rare to have a success case that is due to abilities like that of Kim Junsu. It is that Kim Junsu has high probabilities to progress into a star who does not pale against Cho Seungwoo because he has excellent abilities in singing and dominating the stage as a musical actor. The popular Broadway actor Brad Little said “Kim Junsu has the ability to act naturally and communicate with the audience on stage” and the composer Frank Wildhorn also did not spare his praises, saying “if opportunity allows I would like to get him to stand on a stage in Broadway.”

“To be honest, I am a longtime fan of Hankyoreh (T/N: this newspaper). The first time that my name was published with my name on the line, was it 5th grade or 6th grade, was with Hankyoreh. SuJu (Super Junioer)’s Eunhyuk and I performed as the youngest dance group in Korea called SRD (Song, Rap Dance) and Hankyoreh reported and wrote an article for us. It is the first article in my life that was published with my name on the line so I still have it.”

Kim Junsu let out a pregnant remark and grinned. “Hankyoreh, please always spare your strength for justice.”

Source: Hankyoreh
Translation credit: JYJ3

Exclusive Interview with Junsu: On Life, On His Current and Future Goals

Through pain, I learned life.

Parting with TVXQ…

Challenge to be Musical Actor…

“I’ve come to learn that all problems stem from not making myself grow but rather being satisfied, saying “this much, should be okay.”

Group JYJ’s Kim Junsu, who is broadening his domain from idol star into a musical actor, opened up his heart in the interview with Focus Shinmum on the 11th, saying “I, too, am a human being before I am a singer.” He has conquered the wounds he endured through the separation process with TVXQ last year by immersing himself into the Musical “Mozart.” Following that, through the musical “Tears of Heaven,” he flowered once more as a musical actor “Kim Junsu.” He said: “I became a much stronger, mature man.” Many people know him as born on January 1 of 1987, but in truth he is born on the year of the Tiger, on December 15th of 1986, as a twin (his older brother is Zuno). He debuted as TVXQ when he was a 2nd year student in high school and now, he’s become a young man of 25.

“While singing the “I needed to learn” in the first scene of the 2nd act of Tears of Heaven, I felt moved at the thought that ‘such is life.’  A situation in which one needs to kill another person in order for myself to live, in order to live and to meet a person that I love, is not something that only happens in war.”

To Kim Junsu, musical is a teacher that teaches life. “Sadder than the fact that it is a society of competition in which one must fight with the other to win is the (fact that we have) circumstances in which one must learn how to push others down in order to survive with those methods.”

Junsu thought of the “good sportsmanship” (T/N: literally, “competition in good faith”) as a method to cure the social conditions like today that goads one to become angry and lose his temper.

“I wish that in our society will operate with the rule in which even if one loses, if the other person has such great qualities that I can accept it, that one humbly accepts the results.”

Kim Junsu’s principle (T/N: This is the same word that is used by Jaejoong when he describes his tattoo on his chest) is to try his best. (Junsu says that) it is because if he does so, even if it does not work out, he will be able to begin something new. When (the newspaper) asked whether he has had anything that he tried but would not work out, he said it was studying.

“In particular, math—as we finished the quadratic formula and moved on to trigonometry, I said: ‘Studying is something that even if one tries it just won’t work.’ (laugh)”

Kim Junsu is currently challenging himself at Popera. Time to time he is taking voice lessons (T/N: the article uses the word 성악 which is traditionally used to denote the kind of singing often done by opera actors). The transformation into a Popera singer from an idol dance singer is, to Junsu, as fervent as the task (T/N: literally, “homework”) that has been thrown on his twenties.

“The sensitivities that a song that is flavored by the (opera) voice is going to be different.”

(Junsu said that) in his thirties, he wishes to be a musician who writes songs. He said that he wants to be a composer who brings the thought of ‘I want to sing Kim Junsu’s song” when he is facing a certain situation.”

In Musical “Mozart” there is a song called “Golden Star.” It is—that you should break out of the tall walls of the castle and find the dream in the wide world and achieve it. In musicals, there are (naturally) parts which overlap with the lives of the audiences themselves and make them reflect upon themselves and bring them to tears. I will always protect you by your side, as an actor who, through musicals, comfort your lives and give you courage.”

Kim Junsu said that he wanted to become a singer who sings life, a musician who arouses memories and inspiration.

Source: Focus Shinmun
Translation Credit: JYJ3