LG Arts Center
Nov. 17 - March 7: Young and promising sailor Edmond Dantes is living his best life and looking forward to his upcoming marriage to a woman named Mercedes.
But all his hopes are dashed when jealous men scheme against him. Mondego, who also loves Mercedes, and Danglars, who wishes to become the captain of the ship, spread rumors about Edmond and he ends up with a 14-year prison sentence.
Edmond seeks to escape by digging an underground tunnel with the help of Abbe Faria, who tells him about the treasures kept on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond miraculously succeeds in getting out and reaching the island and ends up a rich man with the new name of “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
The Korean production of this popular musical “Monte Cristo” will kick off at the LG Arts Center on Nov. 17 to mark the 10th anniversary of the musical.
Actors Kai, Um Ki-joon and Sin Seong-rok will alternate the role of the Count, while Oak Joo-hyun, Lee Ji-hye and Lina will alternate the role of Mercedes.
Performances start at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won ($53) to 150,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Nov. 4 – 8: The Korean National Ballet (KNB) presents “Le Corsaire,” which was originally set to take place in June. The exotic “Le Corsaire” is based on “The Pirates,” an epic poem by Lord Byron.
It is the first time for the national ballet troupe to reinterpret “Le Corsaire” in 15 years.
When the ballet company performed “Le Corsaire” years ago on home soil, it was based on the original choreography by French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa, but the troupe has added its own flavor this time with choreography by young ballet dancer Song Jung-bin. Song has been presenting works through the KNB Movement Series, which is designed to nurture choreographers within the Korean National Ballet.
“Le Corsaire” depicts the journey of a pirate ship steered by Conrad the captain, in search of his love Medora, who has been captured by slave trader Lankendem.
The ballet performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 5,000 won to 80,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
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.
THE MUSICAL GWANGJU
Hongik Daehangno Art Center, Grand Theater
Through Nov. 8: The musical Gwangju is an original created to mark the 40th anniversary of the May 18 Democratization Movement that took place in Gwangju in 1980.
Taking motifs from the famous songs that were chanted by those who fought for the democracy of the country, director Koh Sun-woong takes the audience members back to the protest scene 40 years ago, telling the stories of the people of Gwangju who sing of hope despite the horrendous situation they are in.
Renowned composer Choi Woo-jeong collaborated with Koh once again to write the numbers for the musical.
Actors Min Woo-hyuk, Tei and Seo Eun-kwang alternate the lead role of Park Han-soo, a special forces soldier, while actors Min Young-ki and Kim Chan-ho alternate the role of Yoon Yi-geon, a teacher who takes the lead in organizing citizen militia.
The musical begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 110,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3.
THE MUSICAL CATS
Through Nov. 8: One of the most well-known musicals across the globe, “Cats,” is making its way back to Korean soil to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its debut.
The original production team, which came to Korea in 2017, will return but with updated props, costumes and more powerful choreography.
“Cats” was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, and tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who must make the "Jellicle choice" to decide which of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn.
Details about the cast are yet to be revealed.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. during weekdays. Two shows are available at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and No. 8, exit 3.
National Theater of Korea, Dal Theater
Nov. 20 – 22: The National Dance Company of Korea will be staging its “Seven Beats,” choreographed by Lee Jae-hwa.
After its premiere in 2018, this contemporary dance performance using a traditional beat, known as chilchae, was highly praised by both critics and the public.
Seven dancers from the troupe, seven traditional Korean music players as well as soriggun (traditional narrative singer) Kim Jun-su and traditional singer Park Min-hee will appear on stage for the performance.
According to the National Dance Company of Korea, interactive visual effects have been added to the upcoming performance, which differentiates it from the premiere.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
DISNEY IN CONCERT: A DREAM IS A WISH
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 21 - 22: Disney fans should keep their fingers crossed as the popular “Disney in Concert” is planning to go ahead as planned in November. The concert, which tours across the world, comes to Seoul twice a year, but its May concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, disappointing its younger and older fans alike.
Since the concert’s Korean premiere in 2014, the show has been gaining popularity every year. Children attend the concerts dressed in their favorite Disney character’s costumes, making it an annual ritual. For the upcoming concert, Disney classics, “Ariel,” “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Lion King” as well as “Frozen” and “Frozen 2” will be performed accompanied by the Ditto Orchestra.
Admission is not allowed for children below 48 months.
The concert starts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 120,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
LEE SO-RA CONCERT
Blue Square, iMarket Hall
According to the concert organizer, Fortune, her concert will be “very Christmassy and wintery,” allowing audience members to have a warm year-end evening with Lee’s songs.
Tickets cost 121,000 won.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 6 p.m. on weekends.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.