The 3 months long run of musical ‘Hedwig’ as attempted by actor Yoo Yeon Seok (33) has successfully wrapped-up.
On November 5th, in the Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University, Jongno-gu, Seoul, after he finished performing his final Hedwig performance in Seoul, Yoo Yeon Seok greeted the audience, “I was very nervous about how the audience would like my performance as I was preparing for it, so I’m very thankful that the seats were filled up like this, up until the end”.
This is the first Hedwig attempt from Yoo Yeon Seok who debuted in the musical scene through ‘Le Passe Muraille (The Passer Through Walls)’ in 2015. From the rock genre, excessive make-ups to cross dressing, he is a stranger to all of those but he breaks through them with his distinctive sincerity and earnestness. To diet is a given. He could also perform rock music brilliantly after exerting such a hard work.
Music director Lee Joon said “At first, there were a lot of worries amongst ourselves. However, my worries disappeared as I watched Yoo Yeon Seok’s training process. The moment (Yoo Yeon Seok) wear the costumes, put on the make-up and wig, I thought ‘Oh, we have picked the right Hedwig after a long time'”
Yoo Yeon Seok said “There were so many great ‘sisters’ who have portrayed Hedwig all these while, so I feel burdened and have a lot of worries at first” and he continued, “But thanks to the audience who love the performances as well as all of the staffs who have worked hard, I was able to finish my performances well. Thank you.”
And on this day he specifically mentioned his mother who was amongst the audience watching the performance, “I came to have a lot of thoughts through acting as Hedwig. (Our house) has only two sons, so I thought how lonely it would’ve been for my mother all of this time. From now on, I’ll be a son who is like a daughter (to my mother)”.
Yoo Yeon Seok gave his all for the crowd who were cheering for him passionately up until the end. As his voice went hoarse (at the end), he hid it with efforts and went down the stage, performing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ as well as Hedwig’s main theme ‘The Origin of Love’ as encore songs.
From August this year, the title role of Hedwig has been performed by Oh Man Seok, Michael Lee, Jung Moon Sung, Jo Hyung Kyun as well as Yoo Yeon Seok. Joining them as Yitzhak are Jeon Hye Sun, J-Min and Yoo Ri Ah.
After completing its run in Seoul, Hedwig will be performed in Andong (November 23~25) and Busan (December 9~10).