2020.2.19 TicketTHE BODYGUARD
LG Arts Center
Through Feb. 23
The 1992 Hollywood romantic thriller “The Bodyguard” is making a return, this time as a musical.
Rachel Marron is an award-winning actress and music star, but she is being blackmailed by an unknown stalker. The death threats from the stalker are getting worse, and eventually, Frank Farmer, a professional bodyguard, is hired to protect Marron.
Farmer first thinks of Marron as a spoiled and demanding diva, but the two eventually find themselves falling for each other.
Despite some harsh reviews from critics, the film’s soundtrack was a surefire hit. “I Will Always Love You” stayed on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 14 consecutive weeks.
Along with “I Will Always Love You,” other sumptuous songs from the film, including “Queen of the Night,” “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing,” will be performed onstage.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. 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 and holidays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won ($50.50) to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
British singer-songwriter Mika will hold two concerts in Seoul as part of his world tour titled “Revelation.”
It is his first Seoul concert in four years.
The Lebanon-born singer was originally scheduled to hold a single concert on March 5 in Seoul, but after all the tickets for the concert sold out, Private Curve, the organizer of the concert, announced that the musician will hold another concert on March 4.
Having debuted in 2007, the 36-year-old singer instantly gained fame for his distinctive style. In the early days of his career, the singer was often compared to Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of British rock band Queen.
Upon his debut, Mika swept a handful of prestigious awards including British Breakthrough Act from the Brit Awards, an annual music awards ceremony held in London.
With three platinum albums under his belt, Mika has numerous hits such as “Happy Ending,” “Big Girl” and “We Are Golden.”
The singer released his fifth full-length album “My Name Is Michael Holbrook” in October last year and has been on a world tour since November.
The concerts start at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 110,000 won to 132,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7.
KIM SUNWOOK PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, young virtuoso Kim Sunwook will hold a piano recital in Seoul.
The pianist will play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, 31 and 32, the last three sonatas written by the German composer and pianist.
The three pieces are composed between 1820 and 1822, during Beethoven’s hardest times, soon after he lost his hearing and was involved in legal battles over the custody of his nephew.
The winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 18, making him the youngest winner in the history of the competition, Kim has been performing Beethoven throughout his entire career.
Kim began playing the piano sonatas of Beethoven in 2012. In 2015, he played all of the cello sonatas of Beethoven, too.
The pianist was invited to perform at a concert marking the birth of Beethoven in 2012 at his birthplace. Kim also became the first beneficiary of Beethoven monitoring program in 2013 and was given access to the composer’s hand-written documents, for further studies of the composer.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Marking the 180th anniversary of the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Korean National Ballet presents timeless ballet classic “Swan Lake.”
Of many versions of “Swan Lake,” the national ballet company will perform the work of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, who is known as a living legend in the ballet world.
Grigorovich’s version cuts out some parts that could be felt as less dynamic and adds more dance sequences such as pas de deux and folk dance to maximize the sheer fun of watching the ballet performance.
The music of Tchaikovsky is arranged more rhythmically compared to other versions.
Unlike the original story that ends with a tragic ending, this version ends with a happy ending where the protagonists fight off the main villain Evil Genius.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on March 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 21 and 2 p.m. on March 22.
Tickets are priced from 5,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Chungmu Arts Center, Middle Theater Black
Through March 29
Among a pack of male-oriented local musicals, Korean original musical “Marie Curie” touches upon the story of Marie Curie, the first female physicist and chemist to win the Nobel Prize in 1903. She won her second Nobel Prize in 1911.
The musical revolves around the life of Curie from the moment she discovers radium and a series of misfortunes after the discovery. The musical also sheds light on the marginalized life of the scientist who emigrated from Poland to France.
Premiered in 2018 on home soil, the musical was chosen as the new musical of the year by the Arts Council Korea the year it debuted.
By making a return to the stage, “Marie Curie” is reportedly adding more dramas to the relationship of Curie and Anne, a fictional character who is an employee working at a watch factory.
Through the relationship of the two female characters, the musical shows the growth of Curie.
A five-member live band will perform scores for the musical. The band consists of keyboard, violin, cello, percussion and clarinet.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. during weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets are priced from 20,000 won to 66,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
Hyundai Card Understage
British singer-songwriter Tom Walker will perform a concert in Seoul for the first time in March.
Having debuted in 2016 with the single “Sun Goes Down,” the singer has been widely celebrated by music fans in Britain, Australia, Germany and France with his gravelly voice and poetic lyrics.
Soon after the debut, the singer cemented his status in the music scene with his full length album “What a Time to Be Alive,” which came out in 2019. With the album, the 28-year-old musician won the best British Breakthrough Act from the Brit Awards.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
It is a standing concert and all tickets are priced at 77,000 won. Ticket reservation is exclusively available at http://ticket.melon.com
Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3.