The drama tells the story of a group of students in the theatrical department of a university. Each of them has his own life, his problems and his past. But now that they're going to study together as musical actors, they start to share the successes, failures, friendships and loves with each others.
I love this series! There's a lot of good actors and a lot of new faces but they all play their roles very well. There's a lot of dynamic between the characters and I like it how the series won't tell you all and always in the end of the episode is a little sneak of what happened "behind the scenes" and I don't mean it literally. It is those little unimportant parts of the life of the characters but it gives them depth. Totally recommend the series to anyone who likes some diversity. It's not your usual funny drama but there's comedy as well. The music is good but although it's a drama about musical student's there's not so much singing and dancing. The drama concentrates in the dynamic between the characters.
I have to say gotten to the end of this drama I loved every second of it and it was very realistic since there isn't always happy endings and even not so happy endings can turn out very heartwarming.
I guess that's what What's Up might come of as since there's been a flood of dramas like that lately. Still, while it technically really just is a drama about students majoring as musical actors, it's so very awesome. It's not even so much the storyline because that's just made up of all the single students struggling to find their way in life. It's all the characters that make the drama. Whether it's the former rock star who has to hide his identity, the former musical star who can't sing anymore, the scheming actress, the songwriter genius, the scatter-brained but talented girl, the guy who doesn't even know what a musical is or the random man in red. There are so many oddballs among the characters that one would think that the drama couldn't be anything but ridiculous. But this is the cool thing: It's not. It's fun, it's beautiful, it's sad. It's like watching real people.
The music and cinematography totally add to the whole feeling.
Now the thing is, I never doubted this to be good and I faithfully waited for it since it was first announced, simply because Song Ji Na, the screenwriter, is awesome like that. I knew that the characters would be well-written and that the storyline would be smart. I wasn't surprised when I found myself sympathizing for characters that seemed horrible at first. My expectations were really high. I expected to give it four stars from the moment I heard that Song Ji Na would write a drama about musical students. I think that this ultimately spoilt the fun a little for me.
The drama is definitely very good, no question. But something felt amiss. I liked all the characters but I didn't really root for any of them. Like, objectively speaking the drama is very good. I also quite enjoyed watching it but it didn't fully get me on an emotional level.
Both dramas are about musical production. In both, the teacher is an musical actor and motivates kids to do a musical. Also, these two dramas are very funny, have nice songs playing in the background, and the leading couples deal with some problems. Both also feature pop idols as the main characters.