Haha, I don’t bring gochujang when I travel abroad because I always get used to the local food very quickly and I don’t miss Korean food;) However, when I spent one year in London, I missed Korean food a lot and cooked very often. Not only Koreans, but every people miss their home country when they stay abroad for a long time, don’t they? It’s so natural to feel nostalgia:)
Anyway, Korean musical theatre is heavily relying on ‘stars’ at the moment, and it’s causing some problem lately. The success of the show depends on which stars they’ve got so really popular actors/actresses definitely have power to choose the show. This includes Kpop idols or screen actors too.
However, when it comes to some really popular musicals, even stars have to audition. For example, in Les Mis audition, I could find literally most of well known musical actors/actresses’ name on the audition list. They had to audition, of course!:) Also, when the original creative team lead the audition, they tend to find rookies who are not well known. Park Hye na, who did Elphaba in Wicked Korea, first got the lead role in the big size musical because the original creative team came to Korea and led the audition.
Personally, as a huge musical fan, I’m not very happy about idols/screen actors get cast in musicals. Please don’t get me wrong, I do like some kpop idols and other screen actors. It does help more people be interested in musicals, and I think it’s good. However, after they started to appear on stage often(especially since 2010), it is becoming less positive. These celebrities usually paid a lot more than musical actors, so big musical stars also get paid more than before. Therefore, money to cast stars is covering more and more proportion of the whole production cost. Meanwhile, musical actors who’s taking minor roles or ensemble paid soooooo little that some of them can’t even manage their life properly. Also, this affects the ticket cost as well. The ticket cost is increasing every year, so I mean, what’s the point of giving roles to celebrities if their fans(especially young fans) can’t even afford the ticket even though they’d love to go and see their stars?!
Even though Korean musical market has sprawled a lot for last few years, it is still half of the Japanese market and Quarter of the West End. There are no unions, no proper agencies yet. So there are worries about the big capital from huge kpop industry or movie industry taking over the musical market.
God I talked too much! This is such a sensitive issue at the moment and it’ll take so long if I try to write all about it so I’ll just stop here :P Anyway, thank you for asking, and sorry about my late answer!