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The “All Shook Up” schedule

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So, it looks like they’ve got one up for the length of the run–obviously with some of the casting problems they’ve had, the schedule has had to be changed, so be aware that this one could change, too. Hopefully no one else will drop out at the last minute or bust a knee, but you know, that’s part of the excitement of live theater!

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 Once again M = matinee; E = evening:

12/17 U-Kwon ( 유권)

12/18 M U-Kwon

12/18 E U-Kwon

12/19  Son Ho Young (손호영)

12/20 M  Dongjun (김동준)

12/20 E  Son Ho Young

12/21 M  Dongjun

12/21 E Dongjun

12/23 U-Kwon

12/24 M  Dongjun

12/24 E  Dongjun

12/25 M  Dongjun

12/25 E  U-Kwon

12/26  Son Ho Young

12/27 M  U-Kwon

12/27 E  Son Ho Young

12/28 M  Son Ho Young

12/28 E  Son Ho Young

12/30  Dongjun

12/31 M  Son Ho Young

12/31 E  Son Ho Young

1/1  Son Ho Young

1/2  U-Kwon

1/3 M  U-Kwon

1/3 E  Dongjun

1/4 M  U-Kwon  (final performance)

1/4 E  Son Ho Young

1/6  Sandeul (산들)

1/7 M  Sandeul

1/7 E  Son Ho Young

1/8  Sandeul

1/9  Son Ho Young

1/10 M  Dongjun

1/10 E  Son Ho Young

1/11 M  Son Ho Young

1/11 E  Son Ho Young

1/13  Sandeul

1/14 M  Son Ho Young

1/14 E  Son Ho Young

1/15  Son Ho Young

1/16  Dongjun

1/17 M  Sandeul

1/17 E  Sandeul

1/18 M  Sandeul

1/18 E  Sandeul

1/20 M  Sandeul

1/20 E  Sandeul

1/21  Son Ho Young

1/22  Son Ho Young

1/23  Son Ho Young

1/24 M  Son Ho Young

1/24 E  Son Ho Young

1/25 M  Son Ho Young

1/25 E  Son Ho Young

1/27  Dongjun

1/28 M  Sandeul

1/29 E  Sandeul

1/30  Dongjun (final performance)

1/31 M  Son Ho Young

1/31 E  Son Ho Young

2/1 M  Sandeul (final performance)

2/1 E  Son Ho Young (final performance)

Am I going to fit a random business-of-the-arts observation in here? You betcha! People were wondering why the show didn’t have an understudy for Megan Lee when a Broadway show would have. Basically unless you’re making a shit-ton of money, which Broadway shows do, or absolutely everyone is working for free, as was the case with your high-school’s theatrical productions, you don’t have understudies in theater. (Which is why I’ve gone to shows where one of the actors was a stage hand holding a script–it happens. If you’ve even been to a show that started 45 minutes late, now you know why–a cast member got stuck in traffic or something.)

Although the break-even point with Broadway productions varies a WHOLE lot, the general rule of thumb is that after a year, a Broadway show will be making a profit. All Shook Up is running for three months. Even if they sold out every single seat at full price, they would never make money with the same cost structure a typical Broadway show has. Remember, when you have an understudy in a musical, you don’t just pay for that person, you pay for the time they spend working with the director, the music director, the choreographer, and the other actors (plus possibly costumes and certain props). You have to be making a buttload of money for that to be worth it–you are actually better off canceling shows and eating the lost ticket sales than paying for all that.

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Second schedule up for “All Shook Up”!

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They’ve posted the second schedule for All Shook Up; I translated the first one here. [Note: The schedule has been updated; the most recent translation is here.]

The quick info: U-Kwon will perform Dec. 25 at 6 pm, Dec. 27 at 3 pm, Jan. 2 at 8 pm, Jan. 3 at 3 pm, and Jan. 4 at 2 pm.

And he’s sounding good!

The complete schedule:

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 Once again M = matinee; E = evening:

12/24 M  Dongjun (김동준)

12/24 E  Dongjun

12/25 M  Dongjun

12/25 E  U-Kwon

12/26  Son Ho Young (손호영)

12/27 M  U-Kwon

12/27 E  Son Ho Young

12/28 M  Son Ho Young

12/28 E  Son Ho Young

12/30  Dongjun

12/31 M  Son Ho Young

12/31 E  Son Ho Young

1/1  Son Ho Young

1/2  U-Kwon

1/3 M  U-Kwon

1/3 E  Dongjun

1/4 M  U-Kwon

1/4 E  Son Ho Young

1/6  Sandeul (산들)

1/7 M  Son Ho Young

1/7 E  Sandeul

1/8  Sandeul

1/9  Son Ho Young

1/10 M  Dongjun

1/10E  Son Ho Young

1/11 M  Son Ho Young

1/11 E  Son Ho Young

ETA: Then there’s this (watch it to the end):

The ability to completely ignore the other members is such an essential quality for every member of Block B.

Trying to figure out what’s going on: The “All Shook Up” edition

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[Note: The schedule has been updated; the most recent translation is here.]

So, if you’ve been hiding under a rock or something, U-Kwon was cast in the musical All Shook Up. (Also: Block B sold out both of its upcoming shows–those are in a 7,000-seat theater, so good on them!)

Broadway musicals are a new-ish thing in Korea–U-Kwon actually made a teeny cameo in a CBS News segment on the phenomenon back in June. (The bit about musicals being new to China is quite true, by the way–when I took my Chinese father-in-law to a Broadway show in New York City a few years ago, he just about plotzed. He had never seen the like, and he was very much convinced that Chinese audiences would go nuts for it.)

Not shockingly, they’re doing things their own way. The first thing that surprised me was the schedule: Six days a week, with two shows a day for half of that. That’s an excellent plan if you’re hoping for a mime interpretation of your musical, but it’s less good if you want actual singing.

The solution? Quadruple casting! Yes, U-Kwon is one of four actors playing . . . Elvis.

Elvis?!

Elvis doesn’t appear in the American version of All Shook Up–his songs are there, but he is not. The main character is called Chad. Although Chad does sound an awful lot like Elvis . . . which makes me suspect that Chad originally was called Elvis until Elvis Presley Enterprises asked for more money. Then he became Chad.

At least in the United States. In Korea, I’m guessing, it’s another story.

So, when you’ve four (four!) actors playing your lead, they’ve got to switch off nights. And they do! The show opens November 28, but U-Kwon will not show up until December 17.

Here’s the schedule, in case you’re thinking of going to see U-Kwon or one of the many other Elvisi:

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Oh, yeah, that’s in Korean.

OK, you’re looking for 유권, who is in the 8pm show Dec. 17 and the 4pm and 8pm shows Dec. 18.

But what if you’re not? OK, I’ll run through just who is playing Elvis (don’t ask for more of me, I’m sick). M = matinee; E = evening:

12/2  Son Ho Young (손호영)

12/3  Son Ho Young

12/4  Dongjun (김동준–that’s his full name, Kim Dong Jun)

12/5 M  Sandeul (산들)

12/5 E  Sandeul

12/6 M  Son Ho Young

12/6 E  Son Ho Young

12/7 M  Sandeul

12/7 E  Sandeul

12/9  Son Ho Young

12/10 M  Sandeul

12/10 E  Sandeul

12/11  Dongjun

12/12  Sandeul

12/13 M  Son Ho Young

12/13 E  Dongjun

12/14 M  Sandeul

12/14 E  Sandeul

12/15  Son Ho Young

12/17 U-Kwon

12/18 M U-Kwon

12/18 E U-Kwon

12/19  Son Ho Young

12/20 M  Dongjun

12/20 E  Son Ho Young

12/21 M  Dongjun

12/21 E  Son Ho Young

That’s as far as the schedule goes; I’m assuming the next schedule will show up on All Shook Up‘s Facebook page.

Anyway, I hope that’s of use to people–I’ve noticed an uptick in traffic from Australia over at BlockB.com, which made me think that this might be needed.

(Here’s the puzzler–if the show is listed on Interpark as opening November 28, but no one is scheduled to play the lead role until December 2 . . . what the hell? Whatever’s going on, it’s clearly beyond my paltry Korean. . . . )

ETA: Ah-HA! My question has been answered!

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11/28  Son Ho Young

11/29 M  Sandeul

11/29 E  Sandeul

11/30 M  Son Ho Young

11/30 E  Son Ho Young