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In 1893, ten musicians from Korea navigated to the United States on a special mission of King Gojong (1852-1919), the 26th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They played the music of Joseon and received the spotlight in the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition where 37 countries participated. To promote Joseon as an independent country in the world and differentiate the nation from its neighbors China and Japan, the musicians donated their musical instruments to the United States before returning home.
Over a century has passed since then and these instruments, currently owned by the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston, will return to Korea for a special exhibition titled "Returned after 120 years: Joseon instruments in U
Cast members of the Korean run of the musical "Chicago" pose to show their charm at National Theater of Korea on Tuesday.
The licensed musical "Chicago" began its run in Seoul over the weekend, set to run for two months until Aug. 31 at the National Theater of Korea in central Seoul. Performers of the musical gathered together on Tuesday to present some scenes from the production at a press conference.
Choi Jeong-won-I, who previously played the role of Roxie Hart in 2001, came back on the show in the role of Velma Kelly this time. Actress Lee Honey of TV drama "Pasta" plays Roxie.
Singer Insooni, who also plays Velma, said during the press conference that Choi's Roxie was more glamorous while Lee's Roxie is more fresh.
By Lee Sun-min
Actress Lee Honey talks during a press conference for the musical on Tuesday
Lee Honey is returning to musicals after a three-year hiatus.
She will play Roxie Hart in "Chicago", a character who is a wannabe actress sent to jail for killing her ex-boyfriend, according to King Kong Entertainment.
"I've liked the musical 'Chicago' for a long time, and I wanted to be in it. I'm delighted that I get to play Roxie", said Lee, according to the agency. "I'm very thrilled and nervous to return to the stage in a musical after such a long time. I'll do my best".
Chicago will kick off in Daegu on May 10 and then continue to Ulsan, Busan, Gwangju and Daejeon.
On July 6, it will start its run in Seoul at the National Theater of Korea until Aug. 31.
She previously played a leading role in musical "Legally Blonde" with Jessica of Girls' Generation and actress Kim Ji-woo
Psy, Gangnam StylePsy Contest
After many popular entries, Psy awarded the top award of best cover of "Gangnam Style" to Jun Sung Ahn from Illinois, USA (Chicago Area). Psy called Sung Ahn's entry as "Miguk Style" or American Style. In his entry, Jun Sung Ahn did a split-image video of himself playing the violin and dancing to the now-famous song. The prize Sung Ahn was able to get for his entry is a trip to Saipan.
There were other interesting entries submitted, especially the also very-popular parody "Hongdae Style" which has also gone viral. "Hongdae Style" got runner-up recognition for this contest.
You can watch the winning video here:
By: Dorothy A @ KpopStarz
2NE1, K-Pop, Nicki Minaj, Jeremy Scott
Big U.S. media sites such as MTV, Spin and the Examiner have all been raving about 2NE1 and their new ad with top stars such as Nicki Minaj and Jeremy Scott.
MTV mentions the Adidas commercial stating, "Recently the sneaker brand recruited another superstar from the borough, Nicki Minaj, to appear in their latest adidas Originals commercial. The new spot also features Big Sean, Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose, Sky Ferreira, K-Pop group 2NE1, and Kids These Days all sporting their own creative, colorful and original style."
SPIN magazine in a post titled "The Adidas Ad You Need to See Starring Nicki Minaj, 2NE1, and Jeremy Scott."
SPIN post praised, "Naturally, K-pop goddesses 2NE1 steal the show, tossing bandit bandannas and choreographed dance moves all over Tokyo
Related movies/dramasDeranged(연가시 - 2012)
The new Korean film "Deranged" will open at 12 North American locations this weekend, its overseas distributor said Monday."Deranged", also known as "Yeongasi" in Korean, will be shown in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Vancouver, on Friday, said CJ E&M.Directed by Park Jeong-woo, "Deranged" is a science-fiction horror thriller about an infectious disease. Actor Kim Myeong-min plays a father who struggles to save his family from virus-infected mutant horsehair worms, called 'Yeongasi", that can control the human brain. The flick has drawn 4.17 million audience members since opening at local theaters on July 5. (Yonhap)
Pop female singer, IVY, attended the musical 'Chicago' press call at D-cube art center. She said, "After watching the show 'Chicago' in 2008 starring Juhyun Ok, I also wish I could be in it someday". (Ock Ju-hyun is also a famous singer, who played the heroin, Roxie, in the classical musical). "It is such an honor to play a leading role in such famous musical", said IVY. She continued, "Singers need to focus on stage about 3 1/2minutes but musical actors have to be on stage for more than 2 hours. I have great respect for their passion. The musical 'Chicago' will be on Dcube Art Center from June 10th to October 7th.
Actress Ha Ji-won attended a special screening of the movie “As One” in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Ha was greeted by a throng of Korean-Americans and other fans who attended the event to catch a glimpse of the Hallyu actress.
Ahead of the Los Angeles release yesterday in the United States, the movie began showing in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia as well as in Vancouver and Toronto from June 1.
The film is based on a true story about a friendship that emerged between table tennis players from the North and the South back in 1991 when the two Koreas joined forces to compete as one nation at the World Table Tennis Championships, subsequently winning a gold medal in the process.
When the film hit the one million mark in terms of viewers, Ha, along with co-star Bae Doo-na, served lucky fans at a pub in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, back on May 15
Actress Ha Ji-won attended a special screening of the movie "As One" in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Ha was greeted by a throng of Korean-Americans and other fans who attended the event to catch a glimpse of the Hallyu actress.Ahead of the Los Angeles release yesterday in the United States, the movie began showing in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia as well as in Vancouver and Toronto from June 1.The film is based on a true story about a friendship that emerged between table tennis players from the North and the South back in 1991 when the two Koreas joined forces to compete as one nation at the World Table Tennis Championships, subsequently winning a gold medal in the process.When the film hit the one million mark in terms of viewers, Ha, along with co-star Bae Doona, served lucky fans at a pub in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, back on May 15
Micky Yoochun from the drama "The Rooftop Prince" practically played 7 roles by himself.
On the fifteenth episode of the SBS drama "The Rooftop Prince" aired on the 9th, Lee Gak faced danger as Yong Tae-moo (Lee Tae-seong) brought the real Yong Tae-moo to prove that Lee Gak was not the real Yong Tae-moo.
With the support of Chairwoman Jang (Na Yeong-hee), Lee Gak became the CEO and Yong Tae-moo, angered by this, decided to bring the real Yong Tae-yong who is unconscious, back from Chicago. When Lee Gak found out about this, his trios hid the real Yong Tae-yong away and Lee Gak lay on the bed pretending to be the real Yong Tae-yong.
Viewers and members of staff can't help but compliment him on his quick and various character changes from the prince Lee Gak to Yong Tae-yong, Lee Gak who pretends to be Yong Tae-yong and even with just Lee Gak alone, he plays the role of a serious prince who is caring in front of the woman he loves and comical with his slaves