Third season of 'Mata Hari' to be the best season yet

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-22 14:59:11
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▲This photo, provided by EMK Musical Company, shows Oak Joo-hyun. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
▲ This photo, provided by EMK Musical Company, shows Solar (Mata Hari) and Choi Min-chul (Colnel Ladoux). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
▲ This photo, provided by EMK Musical Company, shows Solar.  (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) – "Following the success of the previous seasons, I was also able to participate in the third season of the musical Mata Hari. When I first opened up the script, compared to the other two seasons I felt like reading a perfect version of Mata Hari.” described actress Oak Joo-hyun.

“It is probably the most accurate version of the musical ‘Mata Hari’ I have acted out so far. Although the contexts of the story are the same as season 1 and 2, so far the 3rd season was where I was able to really focus and understand the character Mata Hari.” Actress Oak Joo-hyun described during the press call of the musical “Mata Hari”.

Moreover, actress Oak Joo-hyun added "Personally, there were a lot of things that I didn't understand about the character, a lot of pieces were missing," adding, "Now I think I've pulled all those missing pieces together and created a whole picture. Therefore, two and a half hour performance of ‘Mata Hari’ felt much shorter compared to the musical ‘Rebecca’."

The musical “Mata Hari” originally premiered in 2016, following its success the third season of “Mata Hari” recently premiered on May 28.

“Other than the basis of ‘Mata Hari’ such as her life and her love story everything has changed throughout the season, so far this season has the most persuasive plot.” described actress Oak Joo-hyun during the press call of the musical “Mata Hari”.

Newly appointed director Kwon Eun-a stated “I wanted to shine the light on Mata Hari and who she truly was by introducing her past ‘Margaretha’ (Real name of Mata Hari).” adding “Hence, I had to reorganize the tracks and recreate the visuals aspects of the play.”

Actor Choi Min-chul who acted out Colnel Ladoux, who leads Mata Hari to her death, described “Instead of Showing Colnel Ladoux greedy nature, directors wanted to create something beautiful with the scene where Ladoux attempts Mata Hari to become a spy. Therefore, the tango scene of Colnel Ladoux and Mata Hari was created.”

Composer Frank Wildhorn humorously added “When Oak Joo-hyun asked me to write a specific song for the play I wrote those songs like a dog wagging its tail.”

Mamamoo’s Solar is debuting thought the third season of “Mata Hari” as Mata Hari.

Solar described her experience as “Although I was confident in singing, after hearing I sounded too much like Mamamoo’s Solar instead of Mata Hari, I was confused.” adding “To me everything was new, although it was physically exhausting it was an interesting experience and I have learned a lot from it.”

Musical “Mata Hari” will be put on play until August 8.

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo.)



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