Ever since our debut, I’ve always been interested in musicals. I was the first to try acting amongst the members, and am attending the Theatre and Film department in university. But Sandeul ended up doing a musical first. Upon seeing him on stage, my desire got even greater. However it was also me myself who rejected the offers from the musical management, because I felt the timing wasn’t right. I tend to consider very seriously whenever I attempt to start something, so I felt that if I was going to do a musical I should do it perfectly. When I did my musical debut ‘Chess’ not too long ago, the seniors said something similar too. That there are many hard working people, that it is a must to be hard working, that one must do well. But that doesn’t mean that I did very well in my first musical. Even though it wasn’t 100% perfect, but I think I did well enough for me to comfort myself that I didn’t do too bad. 'Chess’ was a production that came in when I gained some confidence. It was a point where I felt that it was time to step up to the challenge no matter whether I end up doing well or not, and also a moment where I was sorry to the fans. Since I did not do any acting ever since the one drama I did in my early days. If I had decided to do all the theatre shows, musicals and dramas offered to me back then, I think I would have been very nervous and worried.
'Chess’ revolves around chess competitions, but also touches on the ideologies of the Cold War as well as love. The role I played, Anatoly, was a world class Russian chess champion. He is someone who is inflexible as a result of living a suppressed life, but wishes to live freely. Despite him being of a different age and generation as myself, I could relate to how he remains calm and does not waver even in difficult situations. As it was a quadruple casting between Kwon hyung, SHINee’s Key and VIXX’s Ken, we were able to share our research of the character. Like myself, it was also Jaehwan’s (Ken) first musical challenge. Kwon hyung and Kibum (Key) gave us advice, telling us that we have very distinct colors and that we should express that individuality to our hearts’ desire. As for Shin Sungwoo hyung, he has the same surname and is of the same generation (in a clan) as me so I depended a lot on him. Senior Lee Gunmyung always asks me about my condition for that, as we wait backstage for a scene between Anatoly and Freddy in the early parts of the Act 1. On my last show, I recalled him asking me 'how is your condition today? Is it all right?’ so I ended up crying after hugging him. All the seniors and the hyungs, noonas and friends in the ensemble are so talent. I remember being in so much shock after my first practice session. Idols also sing as we dance, but for them it was just the basics and they were all so good at everything else beyond that too. I think the members were a little shocked after seeing me on stage. It was like how whenever I watch them act, I think to myself that 'ah, that’s not how he acts in real life’. It might have been weird seeing me not as myself but as someone else. Right, there was also feedback that I sung well. The numbers that were composed by 2 of the ABBA members had an interesting mix of classical and pop music style, and even the seniors found it difficult. People said that they felt a surge of electricity in themselves when they heard me sing the final number of Act 1, 'Anthem’.
Source: shin'dot / Translation Credits: skipfire / Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
_B1A4OFFICIAL: 아나톨리 역을 맡아 멋진 공연을 보여준 B1A4 신우 의 첫 뮤지컬 ‘체스’ 마지막 공연이 오늘 끝났습니다~!! 마지막 공연까지 응원해주신 BANA 여러분 감사합니다~! #체스 #신톨리_안녕
CNU’s final show for his first musical ‘CHESS’, where he showed us his amazing performance as Anatoly, has ended~!! To BANA who supported him until the very end, thank you~! #Chess #Shintoly_bye
Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one / Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
My body and soul are separated right now, I don’t know how I got home. There’s been a lot of things said today but the performance really….. I think it surpassed the heights that can be expressed by writing.
From Chess subway ads to rice wreaths up to bus wrappings I saw a lot of things before the show but...... My heart pounded in my chest and my legs turned to jelly because of his touching performance that gave a lingering impression.
I can’t even talk about the way CNU looked.
I don’t think anyone slept well last night~ Thinking of Shin-toly onstage made me shake and gave me butterflies, with all of these feelings I waited for this day. I spent the night tossing and turning as it turned into a new day but I woke up smiling.
The fans also felt pressure but the pressure and burden CNU must have felt is beyond imagination. However this morning CNU was brighter than the sun’s light and he arrived looking relaxed, because of this I was comfortable with a steady heart.
In the title “B1A4 CNU” was written but today onstage I did not see “B1A4 CNU” at all. He looked as he always has, but I think it was not B1A4 CNU I saw, it was musical actor Shinwoo only.
Although he was not without nervous looks because it was his first stage, he blended with the rest of the cast like someone who has been doing this for a long time.
He fit perfectly in today’s cast, and showed a totally different feeling between “Shinwoo” and “B1A4 CNU”.
Shinwoo’s first scene was a press interview with Freddie.
Shinwo wearing a suit… ha… He looked so amazing, my mouth hurts to talk about it. I only saw his back because I was sitting at one side of the theatre, but even with him standing with his back to me, I could feel Anatoly’s frustration and pain. It was to the point where I thought “Did our Shinwoo’s back always look this heavy and depressed?” I think the reason why I was able to feel this feeling was because of the actor that played Freddie, Lee Geon Myung’s aura.
Freddie, the opposite of Anatoly who wants freedom, is a very materialistic type, and I was able to feel that in this scene because of the talented musical actor Lee Geon Myung. And that’s why I think Shinwoo was able to perform such a different role and image. Acting in musicals can sometimes look a little awkward. However, his acting was so natural and comfortable; it was like watching a drama. This is why I was in such a hurry to see him live and give him flowers.
Shinwoo’s dialogue with actor Kim Beonrae appeared in a scene at the start. Kim Beonrae has a very charming voice. Shall I say he has the most charming voice among the lowest voices? Molokov’s role was only to pressure Anatoly, no wait and Florence too, but his voice was just so heavenly.
When Shinwoo said his first lines I was so tense, I covered my mouth with my hands and was stuck to the edge of my seat while I watched. But our Shinwoo made me sorry for being tense by acting so naturally.
And then immediately after that was his first solo song…….
What can I say, I was worried about Shinwoo…
The voice that I heard from our Shinwoo was not the B1A4 vocal I had heard before. He sang with the deep vibration and forceful feeling of a musical actor.ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ
It was only the first song but I suddenly got goosebumps and felt like I was about to cry… Thoughts about how much our Shinwoo must have disciplined himself to be able to sing this song came to me. It was impossible not to see that this was not the Shinwoo I knew but the musical actor Shinwoo who I was seeing for the first time.
But the real protagonist of the musical is not Anatoly, that was a trap!!!!! The real main character is the pretty child shown below. This young child’s “betrayal, ambition and chess” is the theme of this musical.
This child will grow up to be the great Florence. I saw actress Ahn Siha for the first time, but the applause just came out automatically. Her acting showed love and pain… Her acting was as refreshing as burping after drinking 100 million bottles of carbonated water… Florence was so perfect, I didn’t feel jealous about her romantic scene with Shinwoo.
I thought Shinwoo was able to learn and act comfortably working with such a confident and experienced actress. Ha… She was very beautiful, and in many ways I thank her for showing me the many beautiful scenes with Shinwoo. (The kiss scene was so pretty. I may have watched it with my eyes half shut, but next time I think I’ll be able to watch it with both my eyes wide open. I don’t think you need to worry about getting caught taking pictures)
Our Shinwoo’s fantasticalness shined through Act 1 and Act 2, all the way to the climax. Oh my god, he sang with his whole body. With the anguish and agony filled expression he was able to portray Anatoly’s frustration and exhaustion, I really got goosebumps all over and it felt like my heart failed/stopped.
My heart is not my heart it has changed. Shinwoo showed many different dimensions and emotions not seen before….. Because of the unfamiliarity it was a huge shock but our Shinwoo was made anew in all senses.
I like people of this degree and shook with reverence all the way to my fingertips. At the end of the second part when he sang in his honey vocals while he dropped to his knees this scene really….. I can’t express it through Korean characters or the English alphabet. There is no way to explain it without splitting your jaw.
Our Shinwoo has grown like this….. he’s overcome the limits he made for himself… Just keep in mind I am just one fan who is so impressed but, how much more full has Shinwoo become through his own efforts?
At that last curtain call, I felt like it was hard not to also cry seeing Shinwoo’s sincere tears.
From the curtain call to the last introduction our Shinwoo came out looking cool but when he saw the audience he began to cry and cry and when he stopped crying he burst into tears again.
I think his tears must have been because of the burden you can only feel during your first performance, his belief in himself that he can successfully perform, and all these feelings just piled up into his cathartic tears.
I applauded and cheered until my hands felt like they were on fire, but the entire audience was applauding and cheering louder. It felt like everyone celebrated with one heart the birth of a new musical actor.
And to add to my musical experience, last winter I saw Deulvis as well, but works such as Chess are so impactful, all my energy is quickly drained. A competition between Russia and America, it wasn’t comfortable watching the characters struggle through their lives through chess terms. I was educated to be anticommunist during the Cold War, but Shinwoo was able to make me feel a deeper empathy in Anatoly.
To see B1A4’s Shinwoo, no Shinwoo as Anatoly, I can say #ShinDongwoo #FirstChallenge #MusicalChess #WasASuccess.
Of course, shall I say I still feel breathless? I think a lot of other people felt that too. Nevertheless, the end of Shinwoo’s first performance marks the birth of a new actor. I look forward to how he grows to become a better actor.
So what I’m saying is… I’m going to see the Musical Chess many more times. Just Shinwoo, just Anatoly, I will watch Shinwoo grow day by day, and see the truth of his message of “working hard and believing in yourself so you improve.” I believe our Shinwoo isn’t a singer that your eyes and ears just enjoy mindlessly. He is guiding our lives to be better… like… He’s that kind of artist!!!!!! (sob sob…….)
This post was written and posted by muse7676 on naver.
It was translated with her permission and posted on banaintlunited.com
@SANDEUL920320: 신우형~~~생일축하해요~~~^♡^ 25번째 생일 많이많이 축하하고~~우리 앞으로도 쭉~~행복합시다~♡♡ 형 작업실에 생일축하 엽서도 붙여놨으니 어디있는지 찾아보시죵~^^ㅎㅎ
Shinwoo Hyung~~~Happy birthday~~~^♡^ I wish you a happy 25th birthday~~and moving forward~~let’s continue to be happy~♡♡ Hyung I even put up a card in your workroom somewhere so try to find it~^^ hehe
Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one / Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
[To. Shinwoo] Hot body Shinwoo Oppa~~~~??
To you who I love and care about, my Shinwoo Hyung????
I wish you a happy birthday!!!!!! Wow~~?? Wow.. it’s already your 25th birthday..
I feel like I say this all the time but time really does fly quickly.
I really really can’t forget about that street crossing where we met coincidentally. Hehe^^ Amazing isn’t it~
Anyway, when I always see you head out early in the morning for musical practice and come back late, you seem so tired..ㅠㅠ But still, when you come back from practice and tell me stories it lifts my mood, and I feel somewhat proud~?? There isn’t much time left now, so ‘fighting’ a bit more, and I will always cheer for you from behind!!!! Gogogogogogo!!!! Hyung-nim!!! Happy birthday~~~~~^^^^ Also, moving forward let’s work even harder and become even greater!!!!!
From the one who will always support you from behind, Maknae Gongchanie
Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one
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