Shinhwa Celebrates 16 Years of Being ‘Here’ with Fans [03/23/14]

I see it as a waste to leave them collecting dust, so I share with you these much overdue reviews.

Enjoy :]

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Please don’t take the photos out from this blog. 

We’ve come across the realization that sixteen years is a very long time.

Baby Jaemin from Baby Diaries is now a high schooler.
Four different South Korean presidents have been inaugurated into office.
Idol group members promoting now were born when Shinhwa debuted.
And speaking of Shinhwa – they’re still going.

On March 23, Shinhwa held the 2014 Shinhwa 16th Anniversary Concert – Here at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, celebrating their sweet sixteen with the people who made it all possible – the fans.

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le passe muraille, kim dong wan, and the love for theater

I love musicals.

If I could go back to sophomore year to decide my major all over again, I would probably do something musical theater related, maybe stage production.

But I can’t, and I didn’t major in either one of those (my major was dramatic literature, which is partially related), but it doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a good musical when I get the chance to see one.

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This is a long overdue post, but I’m finally writing about the last musical I watched, which is Le Passe Muraille or The Passer-through Walls in English.

If you know what musical this is, you are a Shinhwa fan or an avid musical theater geek.

If you don’t, that’s okay.

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Le Passe Muraille is about an ordinary man who suddenly gains this awesome ability to pass through walls (does he count as a super hero?) and the confidence that he lacked his entire life. With his newfound power, he begins to become more outgoing, even going overboard at times, robbing banks and shiz, Then he falls in love, and everything gets complicated because love does that and then other things happen (for the sake of not spoiling the ending).

I haven’t read the original novel by Marcel Ayme, nor did I know it was actually a Broadway musical before it made its way over to Korea (but in my defense, it was on Broadway in 2002. I didn’t even know what to wear to school the next day… actually…I still don’t).

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I watched Le Passe Muraille twice, because if you get to know me, you’ll find out that if I like something enough, I’ll repeatedly do it. (AKA, I watched Kungfu Panda twice in the theaters, Sunny three times –  twice in Korea, once in the US…..don’t ask why. It was a good idea at the time).

I watched the November 17 – 6PM and the December 14 – 3PM showings. Kim Dong Wan was Dutilleul in both shows, and the first show had Go Chang Suk as Doctor Dubeurre, and the second, Lim Chul Hyung.

I actually enjoyed seeing different actors act in the same roles and how they portrayed the characters, so I’m debating whether or not I want to see the musical a third time just to see how Lee Jong Hyuk plays Dutilleul.

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I initially went to watch it mainly because of Kim Dong Wan, but by the time I left the theater, I just loved the overall production of it. All the cast members were phenomenal, the music was great, and  the stage design – oh the stage design…it got me thinking that I was doing the wrong thing in life and now I’m reconsidering my choices for the future.

There’s something magical yet so raw about musicals. It’s quite amazing how everyone – the actors, the musicians, the stage crew, the lighting crew, the stage manager, etc – comes together to create this beautiful overall piece of art and they somehow manage to do it…every. single. night. 

In all honesty, Le Passe Muraille won’t rank as my favorite musical of all time, but I still enjoyed it to the fullest.

And Kim Dong Wan, he was just so adorable – as adorable as a 35-year old man can get.

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PS: During the first show, I spotted Yeon Jun Suk from Cheer Up Mr. Kim. He was sitting a row in front of us. The girls sitting next to him didn’t even know it was him until intermission. I didn’t say hello or get a picture, but I realized that I may need to take a break from dramas or something because I recognized him by the back of his head…. ㅜ_ㅜ

Photos: the korean bubble + Liveworks Company FB

Tis exciting times in K-Pop

The mix of old and new, as well as Psy who is hot abroad~
Isn’t the music industry so exciting these days?

…as stated by Eric, following Shinhwa’s first general cable win in seven years and against Cho Yong Pil, who returned after a 10-year hiatus from producing music.

Not only are the usual young idol groups with their colorful outfits and flashy dance moves around, but there’s a good mix of all generations of K-Pop.

From LC9, who just made its debut, to Shinhwa, returning with its 11th album, and  finally to Cho Yong Pil, who just celebrated his 45th anniversary.

Right now, in the wide pool of K-Pop, there is so much diversity that it’s absolutely mindblowing. And these times prove that age does not matter – an issue that initially put so much doubt in people.

I mean, who would have thought Shinhwa would be going up against Cho Yong Pil for number one in 2013?

So just like Eric said, it is a very exciting time in K-pop.

And starting fresh,  I begin this blog to remember these exciting times.