2016.2.24 THEATER Ticket
D-Cube Arts Center
To March 13: While opera fans would be familiar with the “Turandot” composed by Giacomo Puccini, this performance is in fact a Korean-made musical with the same title. The show is coming to Seoul after previous success in Daegu, Gyeongsang and China, starring musical actresses Park So-yeon and Lisa and singer Ali alternating as Turandot. Unlike the opera, which takes place in China, the musical is set in an underwater palace.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 110,000 won.
Sindorim Station, line No. 1 and 2, exit 1.
THE ORCHESTRA PIT
LG Arts Center
To Sunday: After five years of preproduction, the Korean version of “The Orchestra Pit” is finally hitting the stage. This meta-comedy sketch, which originally debuted in Japan in 2000, provides a behind the scenes look at the lives of musicians in a pit orchestra. The production features several prominent silver screen actors, including Hwang Jung-min, who most recently starred in the megahit films “Veteran” and “The Himalayas”, as the conductor.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the weekend.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera House
To March 6: This musical adaptation of the Gothic romance novel by Daphne du Maurier tells the story of Mrs. Danvers, who falls in love with the mysteriously enchanting Maxim de Winter at first sight. But their wedding and the new bride’s arrival at de Winter’s residence is far from the happy, worry-free scenario the new bride had in mind. The Korean production of the musical premiered in 2013 and won five awards at the Annual Music Awards. Ryu Jung-han is reprising his role as Maxim and Shin Young-sook is Mrs. Danvers.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 85,000 won to 140,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Chungmu Art Hall
To March 20: “Frankenstein” took Seoul by storm when it premiered two years ago. It won nine awards, including Musical of the Year, at the 2014 Musical Awards.
Loosely based from the legendary story by Mary Shelley, it tells the tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, befriends Henry Durpres. Together they attempt to create “an immortal soldier,” but the experiment goes awry, and a monster is born. Actor-singer Yoo Jun-sang, who won the award for Best Male Leading Actor in 2014, is again playing the role of Frankenstein.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2 and No. 6, exit 9.
Wednesday to Jun. 4: The Korean production of this megahit musical is returning to the Charlotte Theater. Sophie is about to get married and wants her father to give her away, but the problem is she doesn’t know her father.
After taking a peek in her mother’s diary, she discovers he could be one of three candidates, so she tricks them all into attending her wedding.
The cast includes veteran musical actresses Choi Jung-won and Shin Young-sook as Donna, and Girls’ Generation member Seohyun and Kim Geum-nah as Sophie.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Hongik University Daehangno Arts Theater, Grand Theater
March 1 to May 29: The world-famous rock musical is back with its legendary cast including Jo Seung-woo. The show is about a transgender rocker, Hedwig, and her band, the Angry Inch.
It was first introduced in the United States in 1998 and has been adapted countless times internationally.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 99,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
March 11 to April 24: First staged here in 2012 with the title “Mozart Opera Rock,” the original French version is now coming to Korea for the first time. Directors Albert Cohen and Dove Attia are famous for their productions of hit musicals “The Ten Commandments,” “Le Roi Soleil” and others.
The musical is about the musical talent, life and death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91). It is a grand-scale musical that redesigns 18th-century Rococo style. The arrangements combine classical and rock music and have gained tremendous popularity in Europe, ranking high on French music charts.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
THE LAST EMPRESS
Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House
March 19-27: Korea’s first original musical is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The musical was nominated for the 10th L.A. Ovation Awards last year and won prizes at the second and fourth Korea Musical Awards. The musical is about the life and assassination of Empress Myeongseong (1851-95).
The show has smashed Korean musical records, having played at the New York State Theater and Lincoln Center in 1997 and 1998, and also in London’s West End in 2002.
The show starts at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays; 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays; and 3 p.m. March 27. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won
Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1.
GREENPLUGGED SEOUL 2016
Nanji Hangang Park
May 21-22: The first lineup for this annual music festival was revealed earlier this month. Festival-goers can enjoy music from various artists including Lee Seung-hwan, Crying Nut, Coffee Boy and many more to come.
The festival started in 2010 with the idea that people can share their ideas for making world a better place; it is also known for using environmentally friendly strategies and inviting lesser-known artists to the stage.
The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets cost 99,000 won for two-day entry (early bird price).
Mapo-gu Office Station, line No. 6, exit 7.
*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization. Tickets available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.