Make-up Artist Kim Yoo Sun has a unique love for wigs
"I want to hear 'Your work for the musical Mozart! was good.'"
Musicals 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Empress Myeongseong', 'Hairspray' and 'Chicago'. What is the similarity between these unique musicals? Extravagance. And that extravagance existed because of make-up artist Kim Yoo Sun.
"I prefer musicals because they are more extravagant and larger in scale than plays," says Kim Yoo Sun and he has been put in charge of make-up for the musical [Mozart!] that is "a position any make-up artist would envy."
This was his first official interview so he was shy at first but he showed his unique love and pride for wigs throughout the interview. We met with the man who has lived since November buried in the 200 or so wigs that are to be used in Mozart!
"I fell in love with the music of Mozart!, and I'm confident."
Although he has helped with musical productions for over 20 years, the scale of Mozart! is different from others as the 200 handmade wigs required for the production compare with the 100 imported wigs that needed repair in 'Phantom of the Opera' and the 80 handmade wigs in 'Hairspray'. His words are not exaggerations when he says, "Wigs account for 95% of the job," and that "This is the biggest amount of wigs I've worked with yet."
However, make-up artist Kim Yoo Sun accepted this job with more confidence than stress from responsibility. He, who grew up with music close to his side since he was young, expressed what his feelings were when he was given the job offer and said, "I heard Mozart's music, and I fell in love with the crossover of the genres of rock and classical," and "A job this big of a scale requiring over 200 wigs is a job any make-up artist would envy."
Modern Mozart make-up, it fits Park Gun Hyung and Kim Junsu well
The entire cast must wear wigs, each role has at least three and as many as seven. Each wig was duplicated three times. It can be inferred that the wig production of Mozart! is at least two to three times bigger than past jobs. It takes around a week to make each wig, and there are around 20 designers employed for wigs. They began making wigs after the casting of the cast was finished in November.
Since the head block (shape of the head) is different for each person, each member of the cast requires his or her own wig. This applies especially for the four Mozarts (Lim Tae Gyung, Park Eun Tae, Park Gun Hyung and Kim Junsu).
Like his explanation that "Mozart is the center of the spotlight visually in this musical," Mozart enters the scene wearing jeans and sporting 'dreads'.
It would have been difficult to make a modern Mozart, but to him, who "Traveled to 30 countries for overseas shows and saw various cultures," the blending of modern and past was not very hard. He was able to add a modern twist for all of the cast instead of just focusing on Mozart.