[News] Ji Chang Wook in discussions to star in musical “Shinheung Military School”

As we all await Ji Chang Wook’s release from his army service, there may possibly be a rare opportunity to see him again in more of a public setting this upcoming September! 

The Republic of Korea military units have a tradition of routinely staging musical performances for the benefit of senior officers, government officials, family, friends and invited guests.  News about one of their upcoming productions was unveiled by the military at a press conference held on 8 March at a military hall in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, which was attended by none other than Ji Chang Wook and fellow recruit Kang Ha Neul.

“Shinheung Military School” is a musical set in 1910 during the time when Korea was colonised by Japan. Based on historical events, the musical tells the tale of Lee Hoe Young, also known as “Woodang” (1867-1932), and his five brothers who sold off their fortune to fight against the Japanese imperialists for the country’s independence.

The 120-minute musical is being jointly produced by the Republic of Korea Army and musical production company Show Note (the same production group behind hit musicals “Hedwig” and “200-Pound Beauty”) in memory of the independence fighters who laid down their lives to fight for the country’s liberation about 100 years ago.  Lee Hoe Young went on to recruit youths across the country and established the Shinheung Military School, overcame the threat of the Japanese army, and became a respectable independence fighter.

The musical production commemorates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern-day Republic of Korea.  The musical will be staged about 20 times at the Theatre Yong in Seoul’s National Museum of Korea starting from September this year.

In order to produce a musical that both soldiers and civilians can relate to, the military began collecting subject material from soldiers since February last year, did a strict evaluation of more than 300 entries, and eventually selected “Shinheung Military School”, which unites the patriotism and military spirit of the liberation and national army, as the subject for the musical.

The army also chose to base the musical on this due to the historical importance of Shinheung Military School in the independence movement, and the fact that this aspect of history had not been properly made known all this while.

The production team will be roping in rookie actors for the cast, and will also be holding auditions to give recruits the opportunity to star in the musical.

Note:  As of press time, there is no official confirmation regarding the participation of either Ji Chang Wook nor Kang Ha Neul in the musical “Shinheung Military School.”  We will update this post with more information as soon as it is available.

Source:  Kookbang Ilbo


5 thoughts on “[News] Ji Chang Wook in discussions to star in musical “Shinheung Military School”

  1. Thank you for this wonderful news. Even though, there is no news about Wookie participating in this Shingeun Military School musical, I am sure that he will be somewhat responsible for its success. Go Chang wook!!!

  2. Well, that would be awesome. Many people would really be happy seeing him and Kang Ha-nuel. I will just hope for the best and best of luck to them. Seeing him would really be a fantastic and awesome but still can’t make it. haha

  3. Glad to hear this news in related to JCW. If the event is for the benefit of senior officers, government officials, family, friends and invited guests. His fans may not able to see him earlier.

    Besides that I would like to know if JCW will able to take his regular vacation in Mar and Oct according to the military service rules.

  4. Ji Chang Wook and Kang Ha Neul! SwoonyMcSwoon! JCW, who ALWAYS looks good, looks cool, even when he lets out his boyish laugh. And Kang Ha Neul who only looks cool in productions but whose goofy guffaw is somehow sexy anyway in its very sweetness that seems like he’s completely gullible and innocent. The two together? DAEBOK!
    If probably never get to see them in the musical but this has made me want a movie or drama with JCW as the Hyung, like, yesterday!

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