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Song Chang-eui takes a bow for Werther
by | December 3, 2010 | 13 Comments

TV, film, and musical actor Song Chang-eui has been busy lately, recently wrapping up a weekend drama in Life Is Beautiful, in which he was one-half of a much-talked-about gay couple, and now the curtain has also dropped on the Seoul run of Sorrows of Young Werther, his most recent musical role.

The production is based on the tragic, autobiographical Goethe novel in which Werther is a young man in love with a woman who is engaged to another man. Hence the sorrows. Hint: It does not end well for him, although the promotional stills below could probably tell you that. Second hint: Remember what Chekhov said about onstage guns.

The show began running in October, meaning he had to prepare while still filming Life Is Beautiful; he said, “There were times I was very tired going back and forth between the drama and the musical, but it was a happy time for me.” His performance garnered Song such praise that he picked up the nickname “Song Werther” (although frankly, I wouldn’t want to draw any parallels between my life and this guy. See the gun? And the warning about it not ending well?).

Song said, “I focused on making a delicate portrayal of the emotions of Werther and his love for one woman. I wanted to express that impulse and drive in loving one woman, and the childlike innocence of Werther.” The last performance was given earlier this week, but there will be several additional performances in Busan (on December 18-19) and Goyang (December 24-25).

Next up for Song Chang-eui: His romantic drama film Tree That Sleeps Standing, co-starring Seo Ji-hye, opens on December 9.

Via Mk.co.kr, Arts News

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13 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. lessaofpern

    Oh, I hate sad endings :(
    He looks sharp in his clothes though.

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  2. xylophonic

    Oohhh, he looks tired in some of those shots. Hope he gets some rest soon!

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  3. ruthie

    is that Park Geun Hyung together with him??? kyaaahhh!!!

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  4. paula253

    absolutely gorgeous photos. thank you.

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  5. estel

    Is it just me, or does he look vaguely hobbit-like in the third still?

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  6. snow

    lovely. am glad he’s doing well on the stage and also on the small screen. looking forward to his new film with seo ji hye – two talented actors together… bound to be good stuff!

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  7. dannaluk

    the posters are gorgeous to look at

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  8. orangy911

    He’s way too underrated given the amount of talent he has. Sighhhh. I wish I was in Korea to watch his musical! I’m a sucker for romantic drama-gedies. Yes I made up a word. Heh.

    I really want to watch his movie with Seo Ji Hye. I think they make a lovely couple.

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  9. Aya

    Oh, Werther and his Sturm & Drang epistolae. That guy just needed a hug, I swear.

    SCE is a talented, versatile, daring, sweet and criminally underrated actor.

    busy bee: He also worked as a voice actor recently, for upcoming korean animated movie “Green Days” with Park Shin-Hye and Oh Yeon-seo

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  10. 10 dsgerh

    busy bee: He also worked as a voice actor recently, for upcoming korean animated movie “Green Days” with Park Shin-Hye and Oh Yeon-seo

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  11. 11 Selli

    Argh, this reminds me of my school days!!! XD Of course we had to read this, and Faust @_@~ I wonder if they’ll include his talking about the landscape for quite a few pages, which is somehow expressing his feelings XDD The epitome of Sturm und Drang D: I know, Goethe is great in his own way, just not my favourite ^^’

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  12. 12 Endroine

    wow some pictures are really beautiful

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  13. 13 laiba

    Oohhh, he looks tired in some of those shots. Hope he gets some rest soon!

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