Boy Band Idols Enthrall Audiences in Musicals

Two boy band members are proving that they can make it big in musicals. Fans have lauded performances by Kim Jun-su of JYJ, who appears in the dark tragedy "Dracula," and Jo Kwon of 2AM, who appears in the bubbly comedy "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." 

◆ Kim Jun-su

Kim plays the lead role of Count Dracula in the musical and makes the most of his singing skills and voice. His uniquely hoarse voice has proved well-suited to Dracula's gloomy personality.

He dismisses previous criticism about his performances in musicals that he could only sing, not perform, and wows fans in scenes where he seduces women or bites off their necks with red glaring eyes, laughing villainously.

His character especially comes to life when he confesses his feelings to his lover, who is reincarnated after 400 years.

Kim Jun-su (left)and Jo Kwon Kim Jun-su (left)and Jo Kwon

◆ Jo Kwon

Jo brings his animated personality to his drag queen character and singing skills to old pop songs from the 80s and 90s, when he was just a baby.

He plays the youngest and liveliest of three drag queens who discover family values while traveling across the Australian outback.

Though Jo previously appeared in "Jesus Christ Superstar," it is "Priscilla" that seems to have really launched his musical career.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 31, 2014 08:27 KST