South Korea Warming Up To Homosexuality Thanks to a Musical

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Homosexuality has always been a sensitive topic for the Korean media but a musical aiming to change that.

The musical “The Pride” details the story of two parallel love stories between two gay men, Philip and Oliver, in 1958. Then on another gay couple with the same names in 2008.

The play was successful when it first premiered in London in 2008. Then the play debuted on Broadway in 2010 and Australian in 2012.

The Korean cast and crew of the play held a press conference to celebrate the play’s debut in Korea. During the conference, they shared the issues covered in the play.

Director Kim Dong Yeon provided a brief summary of the play,

“The story in 1958 is painful and sad. Phillip and Oliver have realized who they truly identify as, but they can’t honestly express it. In London 2017, gays are living freely and openly. The play shows you how the two Philips and Olivers navigate completely different generations.”

He added that the play aims not only to portray the struggles that gay endure but to also educate the audience.

“This production doesn’t only cover the struggles of sexual minorities. The process of how the main characters accept everything at the end and genuinely listen to peoples’ voices will captivate and move the audience as they watch how everything unfolds.”

Lee Myung Haeng, Bae Soo Bin, Jeong Sang Yoon, and Sung Doo Seop will be playing the character, Philip. While Oliver will be played by Oh Jong Hyuk, Jeong Dong Hwa, Park Sung Hoon, and Jang Yool.

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