2020.9.1 TicketCanceled / postponed shows
With the country seeing daily cases of the coronavirus in three-digit figures, stricter social distancing measures were enforced nationwide as of Aug. 30. Therefore, many scheduled concerts and performances were called off in accordance with the new guidelines.
Singer-songwriter Kim Jang-hoon’s concert, which was scheduled from Sept. 11 to 13 at Gurumare Theater in central Seoul, was canceled.
“Disney in Concert,” an open-air concert for family visitors, was called off, too. The concert, in which original soundtracks of Disney animated feature films are played by an orchestra, was scheduled to take place on Sept. 26 at Olympic Park, southern Seoul.
The organizer of the musical “Jamie” announced on Monday that its scheduled performance in Busan from Sept. 25 to 27 has been canceled. The production team was planning to head down to the port city after wrapping up its performance in Seoul.
LG Arts Center postponed some of its shows scheduled for September and into next year. The shows include young choreographer Kim Jae-duk’s two signature pieces, “Sinawi" and “Darkness Poomba,” which was set for Sept. 17 and 18.
Meanwhile, Credia, the organizer of Clara-Jumi Kang and Son Yeol-eum’s duo recital, said it decided to proceed with the performance without an audience for the safety of all involved. The recital will be livestreamed on Credia’s YouTube channel on Sept. 4 from 7:50 p.m.
MAYBE HAPPY ENDING
Yes 24 Stage
Through Sept. 13: Set in the late 21st century in Seoul, the original musical “Maybe Happy Ending” revolves around Oliver and Claire, which are obsolete helper robots abandoned by their human masters.
Although they are both robots, they are very different.
Oliver, also known as Helper Bot 5, is fond of things from the past such as vinyl records, magazines and maps, while Claire, or Helper Bot 6, is more social but skeptical of relationships after seeing many of her previous owners get hurt.
The two meet by chance and take a trip together in search of fireflies. On their travels they begin to learn the complex emotions of humans.
A six-member band will perform live music for the musical.
Jung Moon-sung and Jeon Mi-do, both veteran musical actors, play the characters Oliver and Claire, respectively. They recently appeared in the hit series “Hospital Playlist” and made a name for themselves through the drama.
The musical premiered on home soil in 2016 and won six awards from the Korea Musical Awards held in 2018.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 44,000 won ($37) to 66,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1.
THE GREAT COMET
Universal Arts Center
Sept. 14 – Nov. 29: Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is premiering on home soil with the title of “The Great Comet.”
Written by Dave Malloy, one of the most promising composers and playwrights in the American show business scene, the musical is based on a segment from Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel “War and Peace.”
Unlike other musicals, which mix spoken dialogue and music scores, “The Great Comet” relies entirely on musical numbers.
The musical follows the life and love of three protagonists — Pierre, Natasha and Anatole.
Musical star Hong Kwang-ho is double cast for the role of Pierre along with K-pop singer K. Will. The two reportedly will play accordion and piano on the stage to depict Pierre, who is an affluent young man but always feels empty inside.
Meanwhile Jung Eun-ji, a member of K-pop girl group Apink, and musical actor Lee Hae-na, will alternate the role of Natasha.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays. Two shows are available at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4.
SEOUL FOREST JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020
Seoul Forest Park
Oct. 9 – 11: The three-day jazz festival will be held at Seoul Forest Park. The festival has announced the lineup for the concert which includes singer-songwriter Hareem, jazz trio Yun Seok Cheol Trio and 10-member band South Carnival.
The festival runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the festival period.
The one-day ticket is priced at 66,000 won. A two-day ticket is 99,000 won, and a three-day ticket is 128,000 won.
Ttukseom Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
MUSICAL SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Chungmu Arts Center, Grand Theater
Through Oct. 18: Set in the Renaissance period, comedy musical “Something Rotten!” depicts the struggles of two brothers — Nick and Nigel Bottom — who endeavor to write their own masterpiece to outdo their archrival William Shakespeare.
Premiered in 2014 on Broadway, the musical was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike upon its release.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
GRAND MINT FESTIVAL 2020
Oct. 24 - 25: The Grand Mint Festival (GMF) is back for its 14th year. Amid music festivals and concerts which heavily feature K-pop boy groups or rock bands, the GMF stages performances from a diverse range of musicians who are not frequently featured on TV. The event has become a major festival for fans who are thirsty for new music.
As a way to tackle the coronavirus, the organizer decreased the number of seats by 50 percent compared to the previous year.
This year, musicians from various genres will take part, including seven-member band Balming Tiger, singer-songwriter Yun Ddan Ddan and rock band Dickpunks.
For more information about the lineup, visit www.mintpaper.co.kr/festival_gmf/ (Korean only).
The festival starts at 10:30 a.m. on both days.
One-day tickets cost 99,000 won and two-day tickets are 158,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
LIM DONG-HYEK PIANO RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
Nov. 6: Acclaimed pianist Lim Dong-hyek will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpieces. The subtitle of the recital is “To Beethoven.”
The 36-year-old pianist will open the concert by playing Schumann’s “Kinderszenen Op. 15.” The repertoire includes “Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2 Moonlight” and “Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 Apassionata.”
Lim first stole the limelight in the world’s classical music circle after becoming the youngest top prize winner of 2001 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris and has gone on to forge a stellar career.
The recital starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.