Cho Seung-woo wins 3rd best actor prize
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actor Cho Seung-woo affirmed his overwhelming presence in musical theater once again by winning the Best Actor at The Musical Awards 2012, Monday, for his role of Yuri Zhivago in “Doctor Zhivago.”
It’s Cho’s third trophy as Best Actor — he was named the most prominent musical actor for portraying Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha” in 2008 and Dr. Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde” last year.
Cho, who finished “Doctor Zhivago,” Sunday, thanked the cast and crew of the musical.
He joined the production just two weeks ahead of opening, after Ju Ji-hun quit due to health problems. “Doctor Zhivago,” which premiered in Australia and then headed to Seoul for another tryout, received a lukewarm reception at first, since the show was not a proven hit.
However, it was Cho who reversed the situation and expressed the subtle emotions of Zhivago, a doctor and poet who loved two women, onstage.
Singer-turned-actress Oak Joo-hyun received the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Austrian empress in “Elisabeth.”
“Elisabeth” was the hottest musical of the year, grabbing eight trophies out of 12 nominations. Including Oak’s Best Actress, the show won the Musical of the Year, Best Featured Actor (Park Eun-tae), Best Musical Director, Set Design, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design.
Jun-su of JYJ, who gave charismatic performances as Death in “Elisabeth,” and Kim Sun-young of “Elisabeth” and “Zorro” received the male and female Popular Star Award respectively, which was voted for by the audience.