2020.11.10 TicketMONTE CRISTO
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.
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.
National Theater of Korea, Byeol Theater
Nov. 27 – 28: Seven veteran traditional Korean dancers who have danced on the professional stage for more than 30 years will together present a performance to show the essence of Korean traditional dance.
Each dancer will take turns to come up on stage to show off the traditional dances that have been reinterpreted in their own styles in attempt to "rewrite the tradition," according to the National Dance Company of Korea.
Dancer Kim Won-gyeong will be reinterpreting a fan-dance Geumhyangmu, while Park Jae-soon will fuse the drum beat used in Buddhist dance and the drum beat of the Jindo region to create a new style of dance. Information on other dancers' performances are available on the webpage of the National Theater of Korea.
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
SUNWOOK KIM PIANO RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
Dec. 8: As pianist Kim Sun-wook is known for his Beethoven performances, many of his fans were anticipating Kim's Beethoven recital this year as 2020 celebrates the 250th anniversary of the German composer. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kim's scheduled recitals were canceled twice, once in March and September.
With fingers crossed, Kim is giving it a last go for this year, holding a recital on Dec. 8 at the Lotte Concert Hall, presenting several Beethoven pieces including "Andante Favori WoO 57," as well as "Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109," "Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110" and "Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111."
In the second part of this recital, he will get out of his piano chair and stand on the podium and make his debut as a conductor. Under his baton, KBS Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Egmont Overture, Op. 84" and his "Piano Concert No. 2, Op. 19."
Like many pianists, Kim has hoped to stand on a podium one day and began his two-year postgraduate course in orchestra conducting at the Royal College of Music in 2010.
Preparing for the upcoming recital, Kim expressed he has a great deal of fear but at the same time is happy that he can show a different side of him to his fans.
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 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
LEE SO-RA CONCERT
Blue Square, iMarket Hall
Dec. 17 - 31: Veteran singer Lee So-ra will be holding 10 concerts throughout December at the Blue Square in central Seoul, providing a year-end event for her fans.
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.
THE LAST EMPRESS
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Jan. 6 – Feb. 26: "The Last Empress" is Korea's first original musical that was created 25 years ago to mark the 100th year of the death of Empress Myeongseong (1951-95). For the past 25 years, the musical has been loved by many Koreans in and outside the country, for retelling the story of the last empress of Korea who was assassinated by the Japanese government in Gyeongbok Palace.
The musical was also nominated for the 10th LA Ovation Awards last year and won prizes at the second and fourth Korea Musical Awards.
It has smashed Korean musical records, having played at the New York State Theater and Lincoln Center in 1997 and 1998, and also in London's West End in 2002.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
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