The 2006 popular TV drama “Princess Hours” originally based on a comic series by Park So-hee will be adapted into a musical on Sept. 3 at the Yong Theater at the National Museum of Korea.
By Chung Ah-young
The 2006 popular TV drama "Princess Hours" originally based on a comic series by Park So-hee will be made into a musical in September.
Set among a royal family in modern day Korea, the story revolves around the lives of the Crown Prince (Yi Shin) played by Joo Ji-hoon and his new bride, Chae-gyeong, performed by singer-turned-actress Yoon Eun-hye in the drama. It was a huge success and turned its two actors, Yoon and Joo, into household names. The drama also blended classical Korean hanbok (Korean traditional dress) and royal garments with a modern edge.
The musical version had been planned even before the drama was created four years ago, according to Group 8, the drama production company renowed for "Boys Over Flowers."
For the stage rendition, prominent producer Song Byung-joon and script writer In Eun-ah will collaborate again. The creative team will bring flamboyant stage sets, which will be visualized through digital devices to show off the dramatic effects and fantasies on stage.
A variety of music genres from the traditional court music, classics, hip-hop and jazz will be used, along with ballet, court dances and b-boying.
"The musical version is the company's first stage production and will not only be appealing to local fans but also for foreign audiences because it has both traditional and modern elements. We hope the success of the drama will go on to reinvigorate the local musical industry," the company said in a press release.
The musical will open on Sept. 3 at the Yong Theater at the National Museum of Korea.