2016.4.6 THEATER Ticket
Chungmu Art Hall
April 12 to July 3: This hit musical is having its Asian premiere with a Korean cast. It is based on the newsboys strike of 1899, where young news boys protested against Joseph Pulitzer for better work conditions in the late 19th century in New York.
The musical debuted on Broadway in 2012. The show is especially known for its energetic performances and dance numbers, including tap dance, acrobatic dance and ballet.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets cost 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2 and No. 6, exit 9.
The National Theater of Korea
Friday to Saturday: The Korea National Opera will stage “La Traviata,” an opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas titled “The Lady of the Camellias.”
The opera is about the love story of Violetta, a 19th-century Parisian courtesan, and Alfredo, who falls in love with her at first sight. They escape from Paris and face real-life difficulties; in addition, Alfredo’s father asks Violetta to break up with his son. Without knowing this, Alfredo mocks her in a party.
However, when he finds out what his father had done, he returns to her.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
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.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Hongik University Daehangno Arts Theater, Grand Theater
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.
To June 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 who her father is.
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 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 and No. 8, exit 3.
Blue Square Samsung Card Hall
To June 12: This musical is about the life of a dancer, Mata Hari, at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. It is based on the story of a real person who was killed by the French government during World War I for being a German spy. The musical tells the story of Mata Hari’s devoted yet tragic love for a German colonel. Ok Joo-hyun, a musical actress who was once a member of the K-pop girl group Fin.K.L, and Kim So-hyang are playing the lead role.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 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 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.
Opera House, Seoul Arts Center
July 12 to Aug. 28: A blockbuster Broadway musical, “Wicked” is coming to Korea with an exciting cast for ardent theatergoers. Cha Ji-yeon and Park Hye-na will play Elphaba, and Jung Sun-ah and Ivy will play Glinda. The four divas will make the show extra special.
The musical gained a strong following after its premiere in Korea in 2012, and the show ran for 11 months in 2013. This year, the musical is also going to Daegu for five weeks.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.