2021 May 4. Ticket
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 ($35.70).
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
KIM SUNG-JAE PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Recital Hall
May 13: People are easily mesmerized by music that requires brilliant techniques, which leads pianists to focus on such area. Pianist Kim Sung-jae says he wants audience members to truly feel the depth and meaning of music through his performance rather than his technical excellence.
Kim will be playing pieces from renowned composers including Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Scarlatti.
After a recital in Gwangju on May 3, Kim will be coming up to Seoul's Recital Hall on May 13.
The recital begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
AILEE SHOW TOK
Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Theater
June 5: To promote her latest EP "Lovin,'" which drops on May 7, Ailee is kicking off a tour across the country.
Starting from Gunpo on May 1, she will be stopping at six different cities across Korea. "'Lovin" is Ailee's first EP in six months. Her latest was "I'm," which dropped last October. The new EP is composed of six songs: "Make up your mind," "Tattoo," "Lose myself to you," "Ain't talkin' about me," "525" and "Spring Flower."
The concert begins at 2 p.m. 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 132,000 won.
Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 3
DRACULA: THE MUSICAL
Blue Square, Sinhan Card Hall
May 18 – Aug. 1: Based on the novel "Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker, the musical revolves around Count Dracula who has been living alone for 400 years after losing the love of his life. Then one day Count Dracula falls in love with Mina Murray, the fiancée of young lawyer Jonathan Harker.
The intertwined love story of the three — Count Dracula, Mina and Jonathan — unfolds against the backdrop of a Gothic castle.
Singer and musical actor Kim Jun-su alternate the role of Dracula along with other musical actors Shin Sung-rok and Jeon Dong-suk.
The musical starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
June 4 - 6: Based on episodes taken from the novel by Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes, the ballet "Don Quixote" will be presented by the Universal Ballet's glamorous and skillful dancers.
The witty love story between the innkeeper's daughter Kitri and barber Basilio is reinforced by ballet mimes and Spanish dances flamenco and paso doble, which is modeled after the movement of the Spanish bullfight.
Universal Ballet's principal dancers Hong Hyang-gee and Son You-hee as well as its junior company dancer Kim Soo-min alternate the role of Kitri, while Konstantin Novoselov, Rhee Hyon-jun, Lee Dong-tak and Gantsooj Otgonbyamba alternate the role of Basilio.
Tickets range from 10,000 to 120,000 won.
The show starts at 7:30 on Friday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
Through June 13: Children's musical "Alsatang" is based on the children's book of the same name written by Baek Hee-na. Baek is a renowned picture book artist who won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), referred to as the "Nobel Prize of children's literature" last year with "Cloud Bread."
Since its premiere three years ago, the musical has sold more than 110,000 tickets. The story revolves around a character named Dongdong-e, a shy nine-year-old boy who usually spends his time at home playing with marbles. One day, he drops in at a small store to buy more marbles and discovers a strange-looking jawbreaker. He buys it instead. Guess what happens when he puts it in his mouth.
Tickets cost 50,000 won.
The musical begins at 2 p.m. on Thursdays, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays as well as weekends and public holidays.
Seoul-forest Station, Suin-Bundang line, exit 5
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 of 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
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.
The 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
ANTHONY BROWNE MUSICAL, FANTASTIC PLAYGROUND
Shinhan Card Fan Square
Through Aug. 29: "Fantastic Playground" is a family musical based on works by Anthony Browne, who is one of the world's most celebrated creators of children's picture books. He wrote popular children's books including "Gorilla," "Voices in the Park," and "My Mom," among many others. Popular characters in Browne's books come to life on stage in this licensed musical, which premiered in Korea in 2017.
The stage is decorated with life-size illustrations that are featured in the book, while animated versions of some of his stories are screened in the backdrop as the story continues on stage, with protagonist Toby going on an adventure with a toy named Willy that came to life in search of his father, who has disappeared inside the mirror.
To celebrate this year's Children's Day, the producer Harlequin Creations has organized a Home Musical Kit as well for those kids who want to have a go at building their own musical set at home. The kit can be purchased on Interpark.
The show begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on weekdays.
Tickets cost 50,000 won.
Hapjeong Station, line No.2, exit 1
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.