2021 May 18 TicketGREAT COMET
Universal Arts Center
Through May 30: Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel “War and Peace” may be a difficult book to read, but a musical adaptation is set to offer audiences an easily digestible vision.
Based on the eighth part of Tolstoy’s novel focusing on Natasha’s affair with Anatole and Pierre’s search for meaning in his life, the musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” is a musical written by composer and lyricist Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin. The musical had its Broadway premiere in 2016 and this year, it is premiering in Korea with a Korean cast.
Actor Hong Kwang-ho and singer K.Will alternate the lead role of Pierre and singer and actor Jeong Eun-ji and musical actor Haena alternate the role of Natasha.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won ($44) to 140,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
A SEVENTH MAN
LG Arts Center
June 4 – 5: “A Seventh Man” is Korean choreographer Jung Young-doo’s modern dance piece inspired by the 1975 book of the same title written by John Berger and Jean Mohr. It depicts the lives of migrant workers in Europe in the 1970s.
Rather than being confined to migrant workers in Europe or to a specific period of time, the Korean choreographer attempts to focus more on the lives and emotions of the individuals to tell the story of displaced people forced to leave their homes and families and their struggles with separation, survival, freedom and oppression and loneliness.
“A Seventh Man” premiered at the LG Arts Center in 2010.
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
AILEE SHOW TOK
Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Theater
June 5: To promote her latest EP "Lovin,'" which dropped on May 7, Ailee is kicking off a tour across the country.
Starting from Gunpo on May 1, she will be stopping off 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
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, 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
Lotte Concert Hall
June 6: Double Bassist Sung Min-je will hold a solo concert to showcase the “charm of contrabass as a solo instrument.” Double bass, also known as contrabass, usually sits in the very last row of the string section of an orchestra, but Sung has been making numerous attempts in Korea to change the perception that the instrument merely supplies the harmonic and rhythmic foundations of music with its low notes.
Sung has won several competitions in and out of Korea. His achievements include winning both the International Johann Matthias Sperger Competition for Double Bass in 2006 and the International Serge Koussevitzky award in 2007.
The program includes E.Bloch’s “Prayer,” Bach’s “Air on the G String,” Paganini’s “Moses Fantasy,” Bottesini’s “Gran Duo Concertante for Violin and Double Bass” among others.
The double bassist will premiere his composition “Concerto for Contrabass” for the first time as well during the concert.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 110,000 won.
The concert begins at 5 p.m.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
Through June 13: The 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, 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 pays a visit to a small store to buy more marbles and discovers a strange-looking jawbreaker. He buys it and adventure ensues 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-suk and Kyuhyun 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, Im Sun-hae, 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-rim, 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
DRACULA: THE MUSICAL
Blue Square, Shinhan Card Hall
Through 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 a young lawyer named 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 ($62.80) to 150,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
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 has written 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 as the backdrop. The story follows protagonist Toby who goes on an adventure with a toy named Willy that came to life in search of his father, who has disappeared inside a mirror.
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
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