Oh Byung Hee…….you really did make my recent visit to Seoul special beyond my wildest dreams. And following your curious inquisition as to where I was from, you continued to surprise me with your gregarious and delightful fan service.
On April 15, 2014 I once again made my way to the Universal Arts Center to watch G.O’s magnificent performance in Seopyeonje – for the third time. Some may think that it was probably overkill to go back more than once to see a theatrical performance. But this is G.O and I honestly did not believe at that time there would ever be another opportunity to see him perform live. Given the fact that MBLAQ has not scheduled any concert dates north of the Mexican border, it seemed pretty clear I was not going to get the opportunity to see him perform. Hence, the trip to Seoul. And, if I am going to travel all that way, I certainly was not going to do it for one single show!! I was going to drown myself in Dong Ho and follow him on his journey through heartbreak, guilt, tragedy and ultimately peace for as many times as I could possible could. Dong Ho is such a conflicted and beautiful character. And G.O plays him with such tenderness and emotion.
If I could I have, I would have stayed on in Seoul to attend all of G.O’s remaining performances in Seopyeonje. Not only is he that good, the musical itself is spectacular. Here are some curtain call pictures I managed to capture that night:
It is in these curtain calls where you can see his happiness to be on this stage. He is where he should be.
That evening I had a wonderful VIP seat – so my vantage point was a little better to get these beautiful curtain call pictures.
I loved him opposite each one of his leading ladies and I saw all three. This is Li Ja Ram and she played a huge role in the production of this musical overall. She is a true pansori vocalist so her expertise was crucial in bringing Seopyeonje to the stage in the vibrant manner in which unfolded.
Plus she is so teeny tiny next to him!!!! She is his noona in the story and I loved their dynamic opposite each other.
And final bow.
It was another great performance.
Following the show on that Tuesday night (April 15), I once again made my way outside to his waiting vehicle. Perhaps I would have had better opportunities had I waited with the other fans at the stage door inside. Some how I felt less intrusive doing it my way. As I waited, I was literally the only fan out there. This time the car was parked in the original spot the first time I saw him leave.
As he came out, he was flanked on either side by a row of fans all walking in line with him. As I stood quietly trying to catch a picture…anything, G.O once again threw me a curve and surprised me. He noticed me standing there and leaned out from the wall of fans, gave me that adorable ‘oh’ to catch my attention, smiled, nodded his head to me, and waved hello. In front of all of those other fans, I was again privy to his direct attention. Seriously, what fangirl would not go berserk following something like that?
As he passed by, I began to follow the throng of fans walking with him. It was next to impossible to catch any kind of clear picture because in those situations as a fan, you are trying vie for position to get close enough to speak to him, get a picture, get a handshake…or anything. So it was a little chaotic. And things are moving fast even though G.O was not rushing to leave. At the same time, he was doing his best to chat with the fans and get into the car safely.
Blurry Exhibit No. 1:
I tried so hard….and failed so hard!!
Blurry Exhibit No. 2:
If anything, you can see how awesome my position was!! I always chose to be a little more forward and not so much directly in front of the car door mainly because there were so many fans already in position there – but more importantly, it always afforded me the opportunity to make final eye contact, say my final good-bye and get a handshake. Now that I think about it, every time I saw him leave the theater, I was the last person to shake his hand. Every.single.time.
Not as Blurry (but still blurry) Exhibit No. 3:
Oh what a perfect shot this would have been if I would have just BREATHED!!!!! LOL!! But look at my position! Tell me, if you were THAT close to your bias, could you refrain from being nervous and shaky? You also have to remember….he had just moments earlier singled me out to say hello. I was still all kinds of spazzy, and with good reason!!! Still he gave us the most magnificent smile and as always was gracious, patient, friendly and sweet. He truly IS the consummate idol in my opinion. You can definitely feel his appreciation for his fans.
Each time I was able to shake his hand I always thanked him, said good-bye and this particular evening I recall telling him to take care.
In the moments following his departure as the theater slowly closed down and fans drifted in various directions towards their homes, each of us left with such contentment all because of this one amazing, beautiful and talented man. He must know the effect he has….even on mature fangirls such as myself. I literally still have not stopped smiling.