Kang Ji-hwan started out in musicals (he debuted in Grease), and now he’s returning to that medium briefly for the musical production of Caffeine (which has nothing to do with his similarly titled drama Coffee House, which is currently airing on SBS). The musical will run in both Korea and Japan, and Kang will play the lead in both countries.
The musical depicts the love story between a woman barista and a man sommelier and first ran in 2008. Performances will begin in August in Korea, and he will act in the Japanese shows from October 16 through November 7, for a total of 23 shows. Directing both the Korean and Japanese shows is Sung Jae-joon. The performances in Korea will be held at Seoul’s Art One Theater; Japanese shows will take place at Tokyo’s Globe Theatre.
That ought to keep him quite busy through the end of the year; Kang is currently busy playing an eccentric writer in the offbeat romantic comedy Coffee House, and plans to begin rehearsals for the musical once Coffee House is off the air.