2019.8.14 TicketHEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Hongik Daehangno Art Center
From Aug. 16 to Nov. 3
A dynamic mix of rock music and monologue, this eight-time Tony-nominated musical follows the life of a band called The Angry Inch. It has been staged about 2,000 times since its Korean premiere in 2005.
The story revolves around a boy named Hansel living in East Germany in 1988. One day, a U.S. lieutenant proposes to marry Hansel if he changes his gender to female. Hansel eventually decides to adopt the name Hedwig and undergoes a sex change operation, but it fails. He flies to Kansas only to find that he has been dumped.
Undeterred, Hedwig starts wearing wigs and makeup, forms a band called The Angry Inch and becomes a rock star. The Korean production of this popular musical will feature musical performers Oh Man-seok, Kang Ta, Jung Mun-seong, Jeon Dong-seok and Yoon So-ho, who will all be alternating in the main role.
The show starts at 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Fridays; 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Ticket prices range from 55,000 to 99,000 won ($45 to $80.98).
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3.
Through Aug. 25
The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will once again sweep the country as the popular musical “School of Rock” kicks off its first world tour in Korea. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical “School of Rock,” based on the 2003 film of the same name, premiered on Broadway in 2015 with music by Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater.
According to organizers, the show has been performed in other parts of the world, but this particular production, co-produced by Korea’s S&Co and GWB Entertainment, will be the first to tour the world.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3.
Sejong Performing Arts Center, Grand Theater
From Aug. 28 to Sept. 1
The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is set to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in Seoul. Last year, the company’s run in London was a great success, ending with extra performances due to unprecedented demand.
“Swan Lake” is arguably the world’s most beloved ballet piece, telling the story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by the curse of an evil sorcerer.
The full St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Orchestra will accompany the company and perform during the performance.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
DISNEY IN CONCERT
Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang
Korea’s only outdoor Disney concert will feature songs from hit movies like “Frozen” (2013), “The Little Mermaid” (1989), “Lion King” (1994) and “Beauty and the Beast” (1991).
Every year, kids come to the concert dressed in costume as their favorite Disney character and enjoy classical versions of their favorite Disney songs.
The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
LG Arts Center
Through Sept. 14
The Korean production of this megahit musical is returning to the LG Arts Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.
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 that 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.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Opera House, Seoul Arts Center
From Oct. 11 - 13
Universal Ballet Company will be staging one of its original productions “Simcheong,” a cultural mash-up that blends ballet with a traditional Korean tale about a girl named Simcheong, who sacrifices herself to help her blind father see.
She decides to jump into the sea, but instead of dying, she becomes the queen of an underwater kingdom. She and her father eventually meet again.
This story emphasizes the concept of hyo, a word that describes the deep love and sense of duty felt by children toward their parents, and it gained international recognition after its world premiere in 1986.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Chief conductor and artistic leader of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Han-Na Chang will be hosting a concert alongside acclaimed pianist Dong Hyek Lim.
Although both musicians once worked for EMI Classics, this concert will be the first time that these esteemed artists will have the opportunity to perform together.
Chang will be conducting the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with Lim on the piano as they play Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1,” “Piano Concerto in A minor” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in B minor.”
The show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 200,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
WHY DON’T WE: 8 LETTERS TOUR
Yes 24 Live Hall
U.S. band Why Don’t We is coming back to Korea for its first solo concert in November. The five-member band is known for songs like ”These Girls” and “8 Letters.” The concert is part of the group’s world tour promoting their latest album “8 Letters.”
Tickets cost 88,000 won.
The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.