Chen of EXO is set to make his debut as musical actor in the upcoming musical In the Heights!
In the Heights is a Broadway-licensed musical about the lives and dreams of immigrants in the Latin American neighbourhood of Washington Heights in New York City and will incorporate rap, hip-hop and street dance. Chen will play the character of Benny, a taxi driver who falls in love with his boss’ daughter, Nina, and dreams of opening his own business. The production team stated that “Trending idol Chen of EXO recently received a lot of love for his sweet solo OST for the drama It’s Okay, It’s Love.” With his exceptional singing abilities already proven, he is expected to garner considerable attention for his musical debut.
The star-studded line-up also includes veteran actor and rapper Yang Dong Geun, INFINITE’s Dongwoo, SHINee’s Key and musical actor Jung Won Young, who are said to be cast for the main role of Usnavi. INFINITE’s Sunggyu and musical actor Seo Kyung Soo shares the role of Benny with Chen, while Luna of f(x) and Kim Bo Kyung play his love interest, Nina. The character of Vanessa will be played by actress Oh So Yeon and singer J-Min.