Dream High (Korean: 드림하이) is a 2011 South Korean television series broadcast starring miss A's Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Ham Eun-jung, IU, and 2PM's Ok Taec-yeon and Jang Woo-young.
The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in viewership ratings in the 18 to 20 percent range during its two-month run. A special episode, where the cast of the show performed the Dream High Special Concert on a stage near Seoul, was aired on March 1, 2011, the day after the series ended.
Its sequel Dream High 2 aired a year later with a different cast.
Six students at Kirin High School have a dream of becoming K-pop idols. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also start to develop feelings for each other. Each one of the students has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of each other.Bae Suzy as Go Hye-mi
She originally wanted to become an opera singer, but is forced to take up mainstream pop to pay off her father's debt to a gangster.Kim Soo-hyun as Song Sam-dong
A country bumpkin who is a music prodigy with a rare disease.Ok Taec-yeon as Jin-guk/Hyun Shi-hyuk
He has a contentious relationship with his politician father who hasn't acknowledged him as his son.Ham Eun-jung as Yoon Baek-hee
Formerly best friends with Hye-mi, the two become bitter enemies when Hye-mi betrays her during an audition.Jang Woo-young as Jason
An American-born dancer who plans on making his entertainment debut in Korea.IU as Kim Pil-sook
She was discouraged from pursuing music because she was shy and overweight. She also has the gift of perfect pitchAhn Gil-kang as Ma Doo-shikAhn Sun-young as Kang Oh-sun (Oh-hyuk's older sister)Ahn Seo-hyun as Go Hye-sung (Hye-mi's younger sister)Lee Hye-sook as Song Nam-boon (Sam-dong's mother)Choi Il-hwa as Hyun Moo-jin (Jin-guk's father)Park Hyuk-kwon as Go Byung-jik (Hye-mi's father)Jang Hee-soo as Kang Hee-seon (Baek-hee's mother)Park Hwi-soon as Jin-gook's roommate (ep 1-2, 5)Kirin teachersUm Ki-joon as Kang Oh-hyukLee Yoon-ji as Shi Kyung-jinPark Jin-young as Yang Jin-manLee Byung-joon as Principal Shi Bum-sooLee Yoon-mi as Maeng Seung-heeBaek Won-kil as Gong Min-chulBae Yong-joon as President Jung Ha-myung (ep 1-4)JOO Young-hoon as the composing teacher (ep 11)Kirin studentsJeon Ah-min as Jo In-sung (Jin-gook's friend)JOO as Jung Ah-jungHan Ji-hoo as Park Do-joonYoon Young-ah as Lee Ri-ahPark Jin-sang as Jun Tae-sanHan Bo-reum as Ha So-hyunCameo appearancesSumi Jo as herself (ep 1)Kim Hyun-joong as himself (ep 1)Song Hae as variety show host (ep 2, 3)Kang Yi-seok as young Jin-guk (ep 2, 5, 10)Lee Joo-yeon as young Go Hye-mi (ep 2, 5)Bae Noo-ri as Kirin student Han So-ri (ep 6, 9, 12-13)Nichkhun as Lee Lia's CF partner (ep 8)Koo Jun-yup as himself (ep 9, 10)Chansung as Oh-sun's imaginary boyfriend (ep 12)Leeteuk as himself (ep 13)Eunhyuk as himself (ep 13)miss A and 2AM as flash mob dancers (ep 16)Dal Shabet as Baek-hee's Kirin students (ep 16)Park Eun-bin as 16-year-old Hye-sung (ep 16)
While "Someday" fared well commercially and reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, it was embroiled in controversy after the song's writer and composer, Park Jin-young, was accused of plagiarizing the song, "To My Man". Songwriter Kim Shin-il won his plagiarism lawsuit against Park Jin-young in 2013, however, an appeal to the Supreme Court of South Korea led to an eventual High Court retrial in 2015.
On October 5, 2011, Japan's daily paper Sankei Sports reported that Dream High was handed the Grand Prize and 'Hallyu award at the SKY PerfecTV! awards which took place in Tokyo.
On October 24, 2011, Dream High was given the Special Award for Foreign Drama at the 5th International Drama Festival held in Tokyo.
On December 31, 2011, Dream High won the following at the KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Lee Yoon-ji; Best New Actor and Popularity Award for Kim Soo-hyun; Best New Actress for Bae Suzy; and Best Couple Award for Kim Soo-hyun and Bae Suzy.
On May 10, 2012, Dream High was honored at the Rose d'Or, the global entertainment television festival ceremony which took place at Lucerne, Switzerland. It won the Golden Rose under the Youth category, the first ever Korean production to do so.
On March 7, 2013, Dream High was honored as the Best Foreign Soap Opera at the 2013 USTv Students Choice Award in the Philippines, it is an annual awarding ceremony that recognized excellence and Christian values in Philippine television programs and personalities. The awards were based on students’ preferences survey that accounts for Roman Catholic values.
In the tables below, the red numbers represent the lowest ratings and the blue numbers represent the highest ratings.Japan: Tokyo Broadcasting System - 29 July 2011Vietnam: HTV2Malaysia: 8TVIndonesia: Indosiar and RTVSingapore: E CityKazakhstan: El Arna/ KhabarChile: Etc...TVPeru: Panamericana TelevisiónTaiwan: ETTV VarietyPhilippines: ABS-CBNTurkey: TRT Okul - 14 January to 3 March 2012Thailand: CH7Romania: Euforia Lifestyle TVMiddle East: MBC 4 - 25 August 2013Italy: Super! - 1 September to 16 October 2013
The drama was adapted into a Japanese stage musical, with Yuya Matsushita and Bright's Nanaka playing the roles of Song Sam-dong and Go Hye-mi, respectively. It had runs at the New National Theatre Tokyo from July 3 to 20, 2012, and was produced by the "Dream High: Musical Production Committee" (ミュージカル「ドリームハイ」製作委員会), composed of TBS, Avex Live Creative, Nelke Planning and Lawson HMV Entertainment.
After the publication of Dream High Special Making Book in February 2011 which contained behind-the-scene stories and photos as well as special interviews with the show's cast, a two-volume "image novel" was also released featuring still cuts from the drama.
The sequel Dream High 2 aired a year later with a different cast, starring Kang So-ra, GOT7's JB and Junior, 2AM's Jinwoon, T-ara's Jiyeon, SISTAR's Hyolyn, Ailee, and Park Seo-joon.