for those interested: shawols have discovered that jonghyun’s master degree thesis is publicly available through riss interational to be read online. the thesis was written for his graduate major in film and musical studies through myongji university. titled as “the study of imagery performing art stage”, the sixty-five page thesis was finished in february of last year.
though the thesis itself is entirely in korean, the abstract is available in both korean and english at the linked. a general description of the thesis can be found below:
the thesis primarily focuses upon the comparison of stage musicals and pop concerts. (“in this study, i tried to find the difference between the stage aesthetics difference of musicals and music concerts. the stage aesthetics of the musical is more spectacular than that of the popular music concert. these differences stimulate audiences, and may even lead to differences in the audience base.”) in doing this, he compares the musicals aida and black mary poppins with concerts held by exo and shinee (specifically the shinee world v tour).
enxrima on twitter provided a further details on this: he explained when shinee world concerts started and what the nicknames of each shinee world concert has been. at one point, he specifically mentioned taemin within the work. he explained what the functions are for opening and closing vcrs, and the stage lighting and laser use during “trigger” performances. he discussed exo’s origin story, their concept as a group, and the concept of their concerts. he did this with the two musical examples as well, providing in-depth analysis’s of both. between both, he focused upon five topics: the stage, stage lighting, videos, songs, and storytelling. he pointed out that musicals have a wider audience overall than pop concerts, and expressed his wish for pop concerts to develop a wider audience as well. he also expressed a wish for pop concerts to become as story driven as musicals. within his research data, he used age and gender chart data from concert ticket sales for both exo and shinee to showcase their audiences that their concerts have drawn in.
to download the full thesis (in korean) in .pdf form: click on the little button near the top of the page that reads 원문보기.