SEO TAE-JI COMEBACK CONCERT
Jamsil Sports Complex
Saturday: Seo Tae-Ji, the legendary singer from the early ’90s, is making a comeback with his ninth album after a six-year hiatus. This music icon is holding a concert with the theme “Christmalowin.” As this illustrates, the concert will celebrate the coming of both Christmas and Halloween, and Seo’s agency said it’ll be a “brand-new style of music festival.” According to the agency, Seo’s concert will have a top-quality sound system that U.S. heavy metal band Metallica previously used during their world tour.
Tickets range from 121,000 won to 143,000 won.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 and 7.
JANG KIHA AND THE FACES
Lotte Card Art Center, Art Hall
Oct. 23 to Nov. 2: Considered one of the most successful indie bands, Jang Kiha and the Faces recently released a third full-length album. To celebrate this event, a tour was scheduled.
This concert starts at 8 p.m. during weekdays and 6 p.m. during weekends.
Tickets cost 88,000 won.
Hapjeong Station, line No. 2 and 6, the passageway between exit 8 and 9.
ABSOLUTE ENSEMBLE & SARAH CHANG
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 23 and 24: Under the baton of Kristjan Jarvi, Absolute Ensemble will collaborate with charismatic violinist Sarah Chang to entertain classical music fans this coming fall. Established in 1993, Absolute Ensemble has been making efforts to expand classical music. The team also often mixes various genres such as jazz, rock, pop, world music and even hip-hop.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 300,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8.
ROY KIM LIVE TOUR
Oct. 25 and 26: Roy Kim is inviting fans to “Home,” his upcoming live tour promoting the singer’s second album of the same name. The concert series will start in Seoul and tour across the country. The winner of the singing audition program “Superstar K4” recently released his full-length album, composed of nine songs.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 99,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
MR. BIG CONCERT
Nov. 2: World-famous rock band Mr. Big is returning to Korea to celebrate its eight full-length album, “The Stories We Could Tell.” The band said they were very inspired by Korean fans in 2011 when they last visited. Mr. Big rose to stardom in 1991 with their self-titled album “To Be With You.”
Tickets range from 110,000 won to 132,000 won.
The show starts at 6 p.m.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2.
MAKSIM AND HIS BAND
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
Nov. 5 and 6: Maksim Mrvica, a Croatian crossover pianist, is holding concerts in Korea again with a full band. Lyrical piano music was the mainstream before Mrvica, but his dynamic piano playing, accompanied with electronic sounds and strong beats, has changed the trend. The show features a selection of his popular tracks and music from his newly released album.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 77,000 won to 132,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.
Dec. 5 and 6: Jack Black, who is famous for his movies “School of Rock,” “High Fidelity” and “Kung Fu Panda,” is coming to Seoul as part of Tenacious D, the duo he performs in with guitarist Kyle Gass. Known as one of the biggest cult bands in the world, Tenacious D is stopping in Seoul for two days on its Asia tour. Private Curve, the organizer, said it’s been trying to invite the duo for the past five years and “finally managed to organize the concert as an Asian tour, having the Seoul concerts in the core.”
The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 121,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
THE MUSICAL: ZORRO
Chungmu Art Hall
To Oct. 26: Before Superman and Batman came about to protect the weak from evil and save mankind, there was Zorro, who was a century ahead of them as a hero with two identities. In the story, Diego, a runaway mine laborer, is saved by the gypsy Inez. Meanwhile, Ramon becomes the leader of a Californian town and starts to drive the townspeople into poverty under his tyranny.
In this moment of hardship, Inez suggests that Diego should become the long lost hero Zorro. Based on the hit songs by the flamenco-infused band the Gypsy Kings, the musical is a fun watch. K-pop idols such as Key from SHINee and Yang Yo-seob from Beast will play Zorro. The show starts at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exits 1 or 9.
To Oct. 26: The Korean production of the steady selling musical “Thrill Me,” which premiered in 2007, is back with cast members Song Won-geun, Shin Seong-min and Lee Jae-gyun, along with new members. The story unfolds with an unprecedented murder case that has a gripping development and a shocking twist. This exhilarating musical will chill audiences.
Shows start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 60,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2.
D-Cube Arts Center
To Jan. 4: The musical “Rudolf,” based on the Mayerling affair - the death of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Mary Vetsera - is being staged in Korea for the second time.
Shows start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1.
Nov. 1 to Feb. 1: “Marie Antoinette” is being presented in Korea for the first time. The musical conveys a story of two parallel lives; the Queen of France, who is considered France’s most misunderstood monarch, and Margrid Arnaud, a poor woman. But the French Revolution changes everything. Margrid rises as a revolutionary while Marie falls.
Shows start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3.
Doosan Art Center Yonkang Hall
To Nov. 2: If you thought musicals were all bright and cheery, think again.
This upcoming musical directed by Gina Lee delves into a Dorian Gray-esque theme of trading the soul to the devil.
Set in 20th-century New York, Wall Street broker John Faust makes a deal with Devil X for financial success. But the richer Faust gets, the greedier he becomes, until his wife Gretchen senses that something is wrong.
Shows start at 8 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and public holidays. There are no shows on Monday.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 80,000 won.
Jongno 5(o)-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Hall
Nov. 14 to 16: This ballet performance, directed by world-famous choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, will give a feast for the eyes with outfits created by Jean Paul Gaultier, who was the costume director for “The Fifth Element.” Gustavo Mahler’s symphonies have been selected for this production of “Snow White.”
The show has been held at famous arts halls around the world, including the Lincoln Center.
Shows start at 8 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
A DWARF WHO LOVED SNOW WHITE
Daehangno Art One Theater
To Jan. 10: The story of a princess poisoned by her envious stepmother and revived by a prince’s true-love kiss is most widely known as the fairy tale “Snow White.”
This musical has been presenting a musical adaptation of Snow White since 2001, but instead of the princess the performance stars a mute dwarf, Bandari, who harbors special feelings for the protagonist. The audience will learn what love is all about by witnessing his feelings toward Snow White.
Shows start at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Hyehwa station, Line No.4, exit 2.
Seoul Arts Center, CJ Towol Hall
Dec. 14 to March 29, 2015: The public is already familiar with the movie “Once,” the storyline of which is the basis of a musical of the same name at Seoul Arts Center.
The tale of a Czech immigrant who falls in love with a street performer attracted audiences of more than 200,000 and became an unprecedented box office hit as an independent film. For the stage version, performers including Yoon Do-hyun, a well-known rock star, will sing catchy songs such as “Falling Slowly” and “If You Want Me” while playing instruments on stage.
Ticket range from 60,000 won to 120,000 won.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 3, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line No. 3, exit 5.
GRAND MINT FESTIVAL
Saturday and Sunday: The Grand Mint Festival (GMF) marks its eighth anniversary this year. Now with a bigger lineup and activities, the festival is sure to be a hot attraction during the cool fall days.
The first lineup includes the melancholic band 10cm, iconic a cappella group Sweet Sorrow, adorable duo J Rabbit and many more. The festival also aims to convey the importance of nature preservation by holding flea markets.
A one-day pass is 88,000 won while a two-day pass costs 140,000 won, but 10,000 won is added to each ticket on the day of the festival.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
*Event information is collected from the Korea Tourism Organization and tickets for most events are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.