Congratulations to a boatload of second lead shipping fans of You’re Beautiful! Your most fervent wishes have just come true – Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa have signed on to be the leads in the upcoming MBC drama Festival. It’s set in a college campus music department (okay, and What’s Up still can’t find a slot to air?), and Jung Yong Hwa plays the lead in a campus rock band and Park Shin Hye is a chaebol daughter who is learning the gayageum in the classical music department. Supposedly the drama aims for a light and cheery vibe.
I doubt anyone cares what I think – but I have zero expectations about this drama because of one thing, and it’s not the leads. The PD for Festival will be Pyo Min Su, who I loathe. I loathe him because he singlehandedly butchered The World They Live In for me – I loved the writing, the acting, everything about the drama except for the heavy-handed directing without any understanding of the delicate touches No Hee Kyung’s script required. He also directed Full House and What Star Are You From?, both of which I also hated, though it was the risible script for the former and the monstrously bad acting in the latter.
Between Dream High, the still searching for airtime What’s Up and The Musical, and now Festival, 2011 has become the year of the musical dramas. Dream High was such a welcome surprise for me, I pray to the drama gods that Festival can rise above it’s PD’s penchant for whack-you-over-the-head directorial touches, and turn out to be another happy and enjoyable music drama for me.
[Credit: Yonhap news]