Super Junior Eunhyuk 'Altar Boyz': Musical ropes in Astro, NU'EST, SF9, Golden Child idols
On November 17, it was reported that Super Junior’s Eunhyuk was set to make history. He will become the first K-pop idol to direct a musical. It should also be noted that ‘Altar Boyz’ is a broadway musical that has come to South Korea and will be produced by the Korean musical production company Synthwave. Now, there are more exciting announcements that have fans looking forward to the musical. ‘Altar Boyz’ has roped in members of the idol boy groups Astro, Golden Child, NU’EST and SF9 as part of the cast.
The previous Asian edition of ‘Altar Boyz’ had featured K-pop idols in leading roles like Super Junior’s Yesung, 2PM’s Chansung, Highlight’s Dongwoon, Infinite’s Dongwoo, Teen Top’s Niel, Cross Gene’s Terada Takuya and Myname’s Seyoung. It had run in 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The musical has been performed in Japan since 2009 and it looks like it is now set to come to South Korea and has once again roped in K-pop idols who have a strong stage presence and musical affinity.
'Altar Boyz' gets a K-pop cast
‘Altar Boyz’ is a fun yet poignant Broadway musical about a group that calls themselves the Altar Boyz and try their best to spread love and happiness. They consist of five boys who assist with church rites and help save the churchgoers’ souls with their music and performances. The main cast consists of NU’EST’s Baekho, Astro’s Sanha, SF9’s Taeyang and Golden Child’s Y and Joochan.
With the ‘Altar Boyz’ portrayed as a concert musical full of dance and vocal performances, Synthwave explained that Eunhyuk is the perfect choice to direct a musical of such a large scale. The CEO shared, “I think Eunhyuk, who has proven his talent by directing Super Junior concerts several times, is suitable for portraying the concert-type musical 'Altar Boyz' in a more detailed and realistic way. We look forward to creating synergy between K-pop artists and K-musicals through this work.” Eunhyuk has directed Super Junior’s concerts and world tours beginning from 2017.
‘Altar Boyz’ is set to break boundaries as it will also be performed in a concert hall instead of a theatre with a team that consists of musical professionals as well as dance choreographers. Even the cast is full of K-pop idols who have expertise in commanding a concert stage and performing. NU’EST’s Baekho is set to play Matthew, the leader of Altar Boyz who is an all-rounder as he is a people’s person, a songwriter and uses his confidence to lead the group. Astro’s Sanha will play Abraham, the mood maker of the group. SF9’s Taeyang is the mature and sexy Juan who handles the costumes and songwriting. Golden Child’s Y plays Luke, the underdog while his group member, Joochan is Mark, the choreographer of the group.
Airdate and tickets
The first set of dates for the musical are set with the premiere at KBS Arena from December 18 to 24. It will also be live-streamed at Meta Theater. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketlink (offline tickets) and Meta Theater (online tickets) from December 14 at 2 pm KST (12 am ET).
Watch the teaser below.