2020.2.5 TicketSPECIAL GALA
Universal Arts Center
Universal Ballet Company presents a special gala performance by compiling highlights from popular ballet pieces including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Onegin” and “Don Quixote.”
The show will also include the original Korean ballet “The Love of Chunhyang,” based on the famous Korean love tale.
The gala will be performed by the Universal Ballet Company along with some other invited ballerinas including Jason Reilly, a principal dancer from Stuttgart Ballet, and Choi Young-gyu, a principal dancer from Dutch National Ballet.
Launched in 1984, the Universal Ballet Company is one of the major ballet companies in Korea.
The performance starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9. Tickets range from 10,000 won ($8.40) to 100,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater
The Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre presents the original dance drama “N.O.T.” The title is an abbreviation of the phrase “no one there.”
The dance drama revolves around an 80-year-old women with dementia.
One day, she finds that she has become a 10-year-old and goes on a journey to find her father whom she lost contact during the Korean War (1950-1954).
Through the eyes of a little girl, the dance drama spotlights pending social issues of modern Korea from prevalent smartphone addiction to miscommunication between the older and younger generations.
The modern dance theater is a fusion that is inspired by traditional Korean dance moves.
The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 100,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
Blue Square, Interpark Hall
March 14 - June 26
“The Phantom of the Opera” is returning to Korea for the first time in seven years.
The timeless musical centers around Christine, who used to be an obscure singer, but finds herself filling in for leading soprano Carlotta and eventually soaring to stardom. But Christine is abducted from her dressing room one day by a disfigured man dubbed The Phantom of the Opera. Although Christine is released from The Phantom on the condition that she will stay devoted to him, Raoul, who is in love with Christine, promises that he will confront The Phantom.
The plot is the same as audiences expect it to be, but the show’s producers reportedly upgraded all of the show’s props, including the chandelier, a key prop for the musical.
Jonathan Roxmouth will play the Phantom while Claire Lyon is playing Christine and Matt Leisy playing Raoul.
Lyon played the same role in 2012 when “The Phantom of the Opera” premiered in Seoul.
The musical is in English, and Korean subtitles will be provided on screens throughout the theater.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
After the Seoul show, the musical will move to Daegu in July for about two months.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 170,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
Chungmu Arts Center
Through March 15
The musical “Rebecca” has returned for its fifth production in Seoul.
The musical is based on a Gothic romance novel by Daphne du Maurier, but it reportedly was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca,” too.
The musical, which combines romance and suspense, first hit the stage in Vienna in 2006.
Set in a mansion called Manderley, the musical tells the story of Maxim de Winter, a wealthy widower who lost his wife Rebecca to a drowning accident but still can’t get over the traumatic past. He comes to get married to a woman named I, but the new Mrs. Winter finds that Mrs. Danvers, who has been housekeeping the mansion, still lives in the shadow of Rebecca by worshiping her.
When the musical was first staged in Seoul, it was the highest-selling musical for five consecutive weeks.
Musical director Robert Johanson has been at the helm of the production since its premiere.
Four actors including Ryu Jung-han, Um Ki-joon, Kai and Shin Sung-rok will alternate in the role of Mr. Winter, while actresses Shin Young-sook, Oak Joo-hyun and Jang Eun-ah will play Mrs. Danvers.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
American rock band Green Day is making a much-anticipated return to Seoul for the first time since January 2010.
The three-member band achieved success with “Dookie,” their third full-length album, in 1994 and some of the band’s songs such as “Basket Case” were popular among Korean fans.
The band returned to glory with its seventh full-length album “American Idiot” released in 2004. The album was filled with songs that criticized the Bush administration for provoking a war against Iraq and the album was well received by critics and music fans alike.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Tickets for the Seoul concert will only be sold to those who are older than 19.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 110,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.