Whenever I am in Seoul, I try to watch a performance at the theaters. It could be a play, a musical or a concert. I usually check for what’s playing at the English site of Interpark (our Sistic equivalent). I email the ticketing helpdesk (in English) to buy the tickets and collect them at the venue on the day of the performance. All without having to speak a word of Korean!
During my last trip, I watched the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the pretty Charlotte Theatre, which is located in a building attached to the Lotte Shopping Mall. I am a huge fan of Song Chang-ui and I try to catch as many of his performances as possible. Lucky for me, he is quite a prolific (and wonderful) stage actor, and in the last couple of years, I have watched him perform in 3 musicals – the Sorrows of Young Werther, Mozart and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
It does sound a little strange to some people that I like watching Korea productions, since I cannot understand a word of Korean. But I always enjoy myself tremendously watching the acting and listening to the music. So what if I cannot understand what the actors/actresses are saying or singing? To me, it is no different from watching an opera.
I see on Interpark that Song Chang-ui is making a repeat performance as Hedwig and the musical runs till September. I am gonna find a time to make a short trip to Seoul, to eat, relax and watch Hedwig.