Chungmu Arts Center, Middle Theater Black
Through March 29: Among the many male-oriented local musicals, the 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 Marie 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.
After premiering in 2018, the musical was chosen as New Musical of the Year by Arts Council Korea.
In making a return to the stage, “Marie Curie” is reportedly adding more drama to the relationship of Marie 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 Marie.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on 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 ($17) to 66,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
LG Arts Center
April 14 - May 10: Longtime friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, also known as the Blue Man Group, are making their way to Seoul as part of their world tour. They first began performing on the streets of New York City in 1991 by combining music and comedy to their non-verbal shows. The performance became so popular that it was moved to the stage of the Astor Place Theatre in Manhattan later that year. That performance is now enjoyed by more than 35 million people around the world every year.
The Blue Man Group first performed in Seoul in 2008 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time in 12 years, the group has returned to Korea with an upgraded story featuring new stories, theater graphics, music and customized musical instruments. They make instruments with all imaginable objects, including PVC pipes.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There will be no shows on Mondays.
Tickets are priced from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
April 16: Electronic dance music artist and music producer Alan Walker is making his way to Seoul.
Walker, who performs with his face covered by a black hoodie and a mask, is known for songs such as “Fade,” “Sing Me to Sleep,” “Alone” and “Tired.”
Walker has appeared at many local music festivals since 2017, and he is widely known among Korean music fans. The musician made a name for himself in the local music scene by collaborating with Lay, a member of boy band Exo, on a single titled “Sheep” in 2018.
The show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 110,000 won to 132,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5 or 9, exit 3.
Lotte Concert Hall
April 24: Pianist Kim Sun-wook will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B major (Op. 19)” along with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. The pianist will also play Haydn’s “Symphony No. 102 in B major Hob.I:102” and Strauss’s “Suite from der Rosenkavalier (Op. 59).”
The collaboration between Kim and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will be presided by Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits.
Kim is considered to be one of the world’s Beethoven experts because he has been playing pieces by the German composer for years.
His passion for Beethoven was acknowledged when he was invited to perform at a concert to celebrate the birth of Beethoven in 2012. Kim was also the first beneficiary of the 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 range from 10,000 won to 90,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater
May 12 - May 17: Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece “The Barber of Seville” is being staged by the Seoul Metropolitan Opera.
The Italian comic opera, also known as opera buffa, is known as the most representative work from the 19th century bel canto opera.
Set in the 18th century Spain, the opera tells the tale of Figaro, the barber from Seville, who assists Count Almaviva in his search for the most beautiful lady in the town.
With the opera’s catchy melodies and comedic sequences, the timeless classic is often recommended to those who are new to opera.
The opera starts at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays. Two performances are available at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
SEOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL
May 23, 24: The annual Seoul Jazz Festival began selling tickets online.
The festival also released lists of big-name musicians who would participate in the two-day concert.
Some of the musicians include bosa nova king Sergio Mendes, legendary award-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller, Australian jazz band Jakubi and jazz trio Moonchild.
For those who want to enjoy a wide scope of music, the festival also invites musicians from other genres such as British band Honne and Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir. Korean singers AKMU, Crush and Baek Ye-rin will take part in, too.
Since it started in 2007, the Seoul Jazz Festival has become the most popular jazz festival held in the capital city.
A two-day ticket is priced at 255,000 won while a one-day ticket is also available at 145,000 won.
A detailed timetable for the festival will be unveiled later.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.