I spent ₩92,000 ($79.77) to see my favorite Korean celebrity in a musical… and guess what? He wasn’t even there. EXCITING UPDATE THOUGH – HE SPOKE TO ME. [CLICK HERE]
I know my MS Paint skills are incredible, but this did not actually happen.
My love for Cho Kyuhyun (조규현) is relatively strong. For those who do not already know, Kyuhyun is a member of one of Korea’s most successful groups – Super Junior. They aren’t as popular in Korea anymore, but are still well-received in other parts of the world. Super Junior recently won a Teen Choice Award for Favorite International Artist, beating out another one of my life-long loves – One Direction. Kyu, better known to fellow E.L.F.’s (the name of their fandom) as “Evil Maknae,” has been successful outside of the group. He is currently an MC on “Radio Star,” has released two solo albums, been in seven musicals, etc. I tried to buy a ticket to see him perform, but trying to get a ticket to anything here is almost impossible. I recently tried to see another group I obsess over, BTS (Bangtan Boys/방탄소년단), but did not even stand a chance. To make myself feel better about my defeat, I bought socks with the boys’ faces on them in Myeongdong. I am rambling, but I am going to try my luck with f(x) tickets on the 10th. Anyway, back to Kyuhyun. Here are a few examples of my small acts of devotion (keep in mind that I have recently entered my late twenties):
- I parade a folder with him plastered on it on a daily basis.
- He is usually the background of my Kakao, but right now Spirited Away has taken over.
- I printed out a picture of his face, laminated it, and wore it around school for Halloween.
- Monica got me a huge poster of him and a physical copy of his second mini-album, A Million Pieces, for my birthday. Inside the album was a small picture of him, which of course I carry in my wallet.
- I committed last summer to seeing every clip on YouTube of Kyuhyun/Super Junior. Weeks of commitment, people. Weeks.
I knew that Kyuhyun was going to be in Werther (베르테르), but did not even bother trying to get a ticket. With the encouragement of a friend who has gone to more musicals in Korea than she can probably count, I went for it AND CAME OUT VICTORIOUS. Since I work from around 11AM – 7:30PM, I am not able to go to any shows during the day. I found one on a Saturday at 3PM, which was perfect. There were only a few seats left, so I thought I got ridiculously lucky.
On my way to the Seoul Arts Center, which is a little over an hour away from my flat, I listened to Kyuhyun/Super Junior on repeat. I had to prepare myself for what I was about to experience. I showed up an hour early and took way too many pictures with the poster. An elderly lady (who was in love with Cho Seung-woo) and I hogged the area for far too long, but I know for a fact that our love was stronger than everybody else’s. After the photo shoot, I found my seat. The show began a little while later and, within a few minutes, the realization that I wouldn’t see Kyu started to creep up on me.
Left to Right: Um Ki-joon, Cho Seung-woo, Cho Kyuhyun
Kyuhyun was cast as one of the main leads – the two other men are Cho Seung-woo (조승우) and Um Ki-joon (엄기준). I thought they all performed during the course of the musical. Oh, how mistaken I was. I had a bad feeling when I did not see him in the beginning, but continued to hold out hope (maybe he played the younger Werther or something?). During the intermission, I ran to rent binoculars and searched things on Safari like “Werther – where is Kyuhyun?” I could not find anything that would give me any hints. Finally the second act started and I knew in my heart and soul that he wasn’t going to show up. I felt sick.
At the end of the performance, I turned to the girl I was sitting next to and asked, “Where was Kyuhyun?” She looked so sad for me and replied, “Oh no. Not today.” My sadness slowly turned into some form of rage as I immediately called and relayed my story to two friends. I learned so much that day. Since everything is in Korean, I had no idea that the three male leads took turns. I paid a lot of money for a performance that Kyuhyun was not even in. I abhor the fact that I do not know Korean. Hopefully I can start lessons soon.
SINCE I DO NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT, I did what any financially responsible super fan would do – I bought a ticket to see Werther again. This time I am positive (okay, maybe) that he will be there. Although I am spending ₩186,500 ($161.71) to see Kyuhyun, it is a lot less than how much I spent to see One Direction in Vienna. At least the musical is in Seoul, right?
As seen from the elderly lady who fawned over Cho Seung-woo, there is no age limit to obsession. Do not try to tell me otherwise. I have inspiration now. Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Ryo Nishikido of NEWS, Harry Styles of One Direction, and Cho Kyuhyun of Super Junior have all experienced my reign of terror. Who will be next? ALL EYES ARE ON YOU, KIM SEOK JIN (김석진) OF BTS.
BTS winning the Global Performer Award at MAMA 2015.
YOU’RE NEXT, JIN.
Lastly, since you are all impressed with my MS Paint skills, here is one more:
Dinner with coworkers.
PS. I know how absurd I sound/am. xoxo.