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MUSICAL GWANGJU
LG Arts Center
 
Through April 25: Musical Gwangju, which tells the story of Korea’s May 18 Democratic Movement that occurred in Gwangju in 1980, is being staged at the LG Arts Center, prior to commemorating the upcoming 41st anniversary. The musical was produced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Gwangju Metropolitan City last year to mark the 40th anniversary.
 
The story is told through the eyes of a character named Park Han-su, a member of the military who gets sent to Gwangju to suppress the uprising. Instead of directly fighting the protesters, he is ordered to spy on them and encourage them to take violent actions so that the military will have an excuse to suppress them. But after witnessing the people's heartfelt desire for democracy, he decides to take their side, and help them. The musical is directed by veteran playwright and director Koh Sun-woong.  
 
For the upcoming production, Min Woo-hyuk and CNU from B1A4 will alternate the role of Park.  
 
Tickets range from 60,000 won ($53) to 140,000 won.
 
The musical begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.  
 
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
 
 
LA BAYADÈRE
 
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
 
Korean National Ballet presents choreographer Yuri Grigorovich's version of ″La Bayadere″ at the Seoul Arts Center, southern Seoul. [KOREAN NATIONAL BALLET]

Korean National Ballet presents choreographer Yuri Grigorovich's version of ″La Bayadere″ at the Seoul Arts Center, southern Seoul. [KOREAN NATIONAL BALLET]

 
April 27 – May 2: A new staging of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich's "La Bayadère" has been one of the Korean National Ballet Company's signature repertoires since its premiere in 2013. The state-run ballet company is bringing this blockbuster piece, which requires spectacular staging and 120 dancers to Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul for the first time in five years.  
 
Set in India, "La Bayadère" tells the story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance and justice. For the upcoming production, four couples alternate the roles of Solor, a noble warrior and Nikiya, a temple dancer.  
 
The four couples are; Park Seulki and Kim Ki-wan, Kim Li-hoe and Park Jong-seok, Shin Seung-won and Heo Seo-myeong and Park Ye-eun and Ha Ji-seok. All dancers are principal dancers of the Korean National Ballet, except Ha, who is a soloist.  
 
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Tickets range from 5,000 won to 80,000 won.
 
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
 
 
CHUNG MYUNG-WHUN PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
 
April 28: Maestro Chung Myung-whun will come down from the podium and sit before a piano to hold a recital for the first time in seven years.
 
Although he's internationally known as a conductor, Chung is in fact the first Korean to take second place at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. He's performed on the piano while being an active conductor but held back from holding recitals as a pianist.  
 
After releasing his first piano album through ECM in 2013, Chung went on tour the following year. Chung will be dropping another piano album next month through Deutsche Grammophon, which includes "Haydn Piano Sonata No. 60," "Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30" and "Brahms: 3 Intermezzo, Op. 117." During the upcoming recital, he'll be introducing the pieces on the album.  
 
According to the 68-year-old musician, his 2014 album was "composed of music that he wanted his grandchildren to listen to." In the upcoming album, however, Chung said he wanted to "express different sides of life through music."  
 
The recital begins at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 15,000 won.  
 
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
 
 
AVIGNON FESTIVAL CINEMA
LG Arts Center
 
April 28 - May 2: For those stuck in the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic, unable to go and enjoy performances in Europe, the LG Arts Center decided to bring the Avignon Festival, a world-renowned performing arts festival that gets held in France every year, here.
 
Five film versions of the performances that were once performed at the Festival d'Avignon will be presented, including "Hamlet" directed by Thomas Ostermeier, "My Cold Room" by Joel Pommerat, Shakespeare's "King Lear" by Olivier Py, "Thyeste" by Thomas Jolly and "Cesena," which will be presented by dance ensemble Rosas.  
 
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
 
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
 
 
WICKED
Blue Square, Sinhan Card Hall
 
Through May 1: The Korean production of blockbuster Broadway musical "Wicked" is making a return to Korea for the first time in five years. The sell-out show will feature veteran musical actors including Oak Joo-hyun and Son Seung-yeon as Elphaba and Jung Sun-ah and Na Ha-na as Glinda.  
 
Adapted from the best-selling novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" (1995) by Gregory Maguire, the musical is an alterative view of L. Frank Baum's famous story "The Wizard of Oz."
 
Taking the point of view of Oz's witches, "Wicked" tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North were originally close friends.
 
The musical gained a strong following after its premiere in Korea in 2012 and an 11-month run in 2013.
 
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
 
There are no shows on Mondays.
 
Tickets range in price from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
 
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
 
 
KONGSUNI AND FRIENDS' MUSIC ADVENTURE


Lotte Cultural Foundation and LG U+ present ″Kongsuni and Friends' Music Adventure″ for the upcoming Children's Day. [LOTTE CULTURAL FOUNDATION]

Lotte Cultural Foundation and LG U+ present ″Kongsuni and Friends' Music Adventure″ for the upcoming Children's Day. [LOTTE CULTURAL FOUNDATION]



May 4: Lotte Cultural Foundation, together with LG U+ is presenting an online classical music concert just in time for May 5 Children's Day. Kids' one of favorite characters Kongsuni will be joined by another popular character Secret Jouju to meet Mr. Mozart.
 
The renowned musician will introduce his popular works to the animated characters and even stand on the podium to show the characters how he works with the orchestra. 
 
On top of classical scores, theme songs of Kongsuni and Secret Jouju will also be played by the orchestra under the baton of Mr. Mozart.  
 
The online content will be available for purchase from April 21 and will air on May 4 via LG U+.  
 
The concert begins at 9 p.m.
 
It costs 13,000 won.
 
 
SINAWI & DARKNESS POOMBA BY KIM JAE-DUK
LG Arts Center
 
May 7 – 8: Choreographer Kim Jae-duk will be presenting two of his representative pieces "Sinawi" and "Darkness Poomba" at the LG Arts Center.  
 
"Sinawi" is a 15-minute impromptu solo piece by Kim that combines dance, music and an unintelligible speech known as "jibberish." "Darkness Poomba," which is the most popular work from his company Modern Table, is a contemporary dance piece that reinterpreted "Poomba," a Korean folk song. For this piece, Kim dances with six other dancers.  
 
Kim has firmly established himself as a choreographer who showcases full masculinity but at the same time presents works that anyone can enjoy through clear-cut movements that harmonize with music.  
 
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
 
Tickets cost 40,000 won.
 
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
 
 
PHANTOM
Charlotte Theater
 
Musical ″Phantom,″ featuring Kai, pictured above, is currently being staged at the Charlotte Theater in southern Seoul. [EMK COMPANY]

Musical ″Phantom,″ featuring Kai, pictured above, is currently being staged at the Charlotte Theater in southern Seoul. [EMK COMPANY]



Through June 27: Based on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel "The Phantom of the Opera," the musical version premiered in 1991, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Arthur Kopit.  
 
Both the international version and the Korean production of the musical have been much loved by Korea's Phantom fans. The Korean production premiered in 2018. For this Korean production, veteran actors including Park Eun-tae, Kai, Jeon Dong-seok and Kyu-hyun alternate the title role of Phantom.  
 
Although he has outstanding talent as a singer, Phantom has to hide underneath the opera theater with his face covered by a mask because a deformity.  
 
Kim So-hyun, Lim Sun-hye, Lee Ji-hye, and Kim Soo will be on stage as Christine Daaé, who starts as a lovely woman but turns into the diva of the opera.  
 
The show begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and public holidays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.  
 
Tickets range in price from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
 
Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and No. 8, exit 3
 
 
CHICAGO
D-Cube Arts Center


Through July 18: The Korean production of a hit musical "Chicago" is being staged at the D-Cube Arts Center in western Seoul.  
 
The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on in Chicago.  
 
The musical revolves around Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl, who murders her lover. Tiffany Young, a member of K-pop girl group Girls' Generation has been cast to play Roxie. Veteran musical actor and singer Ivy will alternate the role with Tiffany Young.  
 
Other cast members include Yoon Gong-ju and Choi Jung-won who will alternate the role of Velma Kelly; and Park Gun-hyung and Choi Jae-lim, who will be alternating the role of Billy.  
 
Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays; at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
 
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
 
Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5
 
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
 
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