KeyEast suddenly announced today that Joo Ji Hoon will be stepping down from Dr. Zhivago due to health issues. In preparation for the upcoming musical, which was scheduled to premiere later this month, Joo vigorously rehearsed for over a month. Unfortunately, he damaged his vocal cords from too much rehearsing. Even though he continued to practice while he sought treatment, doctors eventually ordered him to stop all singing activities, for fear that he’ll further harm his throat.
It was only yesterday that Joo Ji Hoon and the musical’s producers agreed that he should step down from the show. Dr. Zhivago would’ve been his comeback project, after two years of military service. While it’s saddening for fans to hear that they won’t get to see their beloved actor after all, a damaged throat is bad news for an actor, much less a singer. It can cause permanent damage if he doesn’t receive a much-needed and proper rest.
Here’s to hoping for Joo’s swift recovery so he can be casted in another project soon!
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