Learn More About VIXX’s Leo
Leo, who has the real name Jung Taek-woon, is known as a member of the Korean boy group VIXX under Jellyfish Entertainment. He is an idol who is full of talents, because besides being a band member, he is also a musical actor who has played a number of roles in drama musicals.
Therefore, in this article, we will provide you with details of his amazing appearance in several drama musicals. If you don’t want to miss this, you have to stay tuned here.
Popular comic-turned-drama Full House is about how Lee Young-jae, a prickly actor who comes to share his house with down-on-her-luck writer Han Ji-eun because her friends sold her house while she was away. They then decide to get married so that Ji-eun can continue living in Full House. Eventually, their contract marriage of convenience turns into love in the end.
Originally played by Rain and Song Hye-kyo, BEAST’s Yoseob, VIXX’s Leo, Kim San-ho, and Seo Ha-joon alternate for the Lee Young-jae role and Apink’s Jung Eun-ji, JOO, and Kwak Sun-young will alternate for the role of Han Ji-eun.
Young-jae is an egoistic and stubborn person due to his pride. However, he is actually a very caring person despite his cold appearance. He is a famous actor who has many girls swooning over him. He eventually meets Ji-eun, and forms a contract marriage with her but ends up falling in love with her.
This is VIXX’s Leo’s first appearance in a drama musical, which opened at the Hongik Daehakro Art Center Grand Theater on April 11th, 2014.
VIXX’s Leo was cast for his second musical role for the musical Mata Hari. Mata Hari is about an exotic dancer during the First World War who works as a spy for the Germans, using her Dutch nationality to easily travel between countries. Leo is cast as Armand, the man that Mata Hari falls in love with, and is double cast alongside Uhm Ki Joon and Song Chang Eui.
But, this time he decided not to perform the role as Leo, but rather under his real name, Jung Taek Woon. As for the reason, he wanted to separate himself from his idol image to avoid some stereotypes.
It is known that fans of musicals in Korea dislike idols being cast in musicals for a number of reasons. One of which is they think many idols are inexperienced in stage acting and their busy schedules prevent them from practicing very much, and because the company spends most of its budget hiring idols, the ticket prices are driven up while the production value suffers. So that’s why he decided to use his real name instead of his stage name.
In this drama musical, he works with Jellyfish Entertainment labelmate and hoobae, Gugudan’s Haebin. The two have been cast in the musical Monte Cristo, a stellar line-up of musical actors and actresses have been confirmed, with Leo taking on the role of Mercedes’s son Albert.
The Last Kiss
In The Last Kiss drama musical, Leo played the role of Crown Prince Rudolf, while Luna played the role of Rudolf’s lover Mary Vetsera.
The Last Kiss, also titled Rudolf in other countries, is well-known for its music by Frank Wildhorn. It was set to run from December 14th, 2017 to March 11th, 2018, at LG Art Center in Gangnam, Seoul.
Leo has been announced to play a role in Elisabeth, which tells the story of Austria’s beautiful Empress Elisabeth’s dramatic life and her complicated relationship with Der Tod, also known as “The Death.”
In Elisabeth, he will play Der Tod, a fantasy-like character known for his fatal charm. This is the role that Park Hyung Sik and Kim Junsu have also been cast for.
The musical Elisabeth ran from November 17th, 2018 to February 10th, 2019, at Blue Square Interpark Hall.
On June 11th, 2019, reports emerged that two idols have been cast in the musical Marie Antoinette. Earlier in February, it was reported that Minhyun had received an offer to appear in the musical and was looking over the project. A source form EMK Musical Company, the production company behind the musical, confirmed the news and said, “Leo and Minhyun will be appearing in Marie Antoinette.”
Marie Antoinette is a musical about the life of Marie Antoinette (Queen of France) and Margrid Arnaud, a poor woman. Conflict and drama arise when their worlds collide, where one falls and the other rises.
Leo plays the role of Count Axel Von Fersen, a charming and brave Swedish Count who loves Marie Antoinette.
Marie Antoinette first premiered in Korea in 2014 and is set to return this year from August 24th to November 17th at the D-Cube Art Center in Seoul.
In addition to being busy with his drama musical, he is also busy with his solo concert titled “[MUSE].” It was revealed that Leo held his second concert “[MUSE]” in Japan on August 31st, 2019.
Hope he always takes care of his health amid his busy schedule!