( song "Lovers" in "Romeo and Juliet" )
This French musical, quite different from Shakespeare’s plot, was represented in the original method. The family of Romeo has on blue and the family of Juliet is dressed in red, so the hostile atmosphere between two families is maximized by the contrast of two colors. And besides, the new character Death, wearing a white dress and personified, always accompany two heroes, Romeo and Juliet who will die together, and the appearance of Poet is for dramatic effect. Especially, many of beautiful French songs make a deep impression on the audience, for example, Verona, Kings of the world, These are my rivers, God knows why, etc.
( "Romeo and Juliet" in Seoul )
Owing to a great success in France, this musical was performed in Canada, London, Moscow, South Korea, Taipei and Japan. It was also represented in Seoul and in Pusan from 20 January 2007 to 21 March 2007. Surprisingly, the ticket of the musical was sold out during several weeks. After its appreciation, Korean audience showed an enthusiastic reaction. Since then, Korean fans of the French musical were formed throughout the country.
("Romeo and Juliet" painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
A great success of adapted Shakespeare’s play, what does this mean? Its success is because the death of two adolescents for their love seems to be the most beautiful scene for our contemporaries. That is to say, it means that the romanticism is dead because of its irrationalism opposed to the modernity, but we always dream of destined and fatal love which would not exist anywhere from the rational point of view.
written by Kim Tae-young