2021 June 8 TicketMUSICAL ALSATANG
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.
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.
Tickets cost 50,000 won ($44.80).
Seoul-forest Station, Suin-Bundang line, exit 5
THE RISE OF ANGELS
Universal Arts Center
June 26: The Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea is staging its first performance after a year and six months amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 100-minute performance will feature a series of the troupe's existing repertoire, as well as a new creation by its artistic director Bae Jung-hye, titled, “The Morning of Seollal.”
The performance is held twice daily at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
June 26 – 27: Popular classical crossover vocal quartet Forestella, who won the second season of JTBC’s hit audition program “Phantom Singer” in 2017, will be holding a two-day concert.
The concert is a part of Forestella’s national tour to promote their third regular album, “The Forestella.” The tour kicks off in Suwon on June 12, followed by the two-day concert in Seoul. The group will then make a stop in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, and their last stop in Busan on July 24.
Forestella consists of tenor, Cho Min-kyu, and base, Goh Woo-rim, who both majored in vocal music at Seoul National University, as well as musical actor, Bae Doo-hoon, and amateur singer, Kang Hyung-ho.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 132,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
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
ADIOS PIAZZOLA: LIVE TANGO
Lotte Concert Hall
July 4: Tango dance and music lovers can look forward to "Adios Piazzola: Live Tango" at the Lotte Concert Hall in southern Seoul. Stomp Music has been organizing this sell-out show every year since 2016, providing Argentine tango milonga for Korean audiences.
Two tango dance couples Jesus Luis Paez and Iara Danila Duarte Gomez and Miguel Calvo and Pelin Calvo will take to the stage while the Tango Band together with bandoneon player Koh Sang-ji provide the music.
The program includes various tango music familiar to Korean fans’ ears, including “Oblivison,” “Libertango,” “Adios Nonino,” “Chin Chin” and “Double Concerto,” among many others.
The show begins at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 45,00000 won to 75,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
KIDS & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater
July 15 – Aug. 22: The Seoul Arts Center is kicking off its annual “Kids & Family Festival” next month, staging three performances intended for very young audiences. The festival allows audience members with young children (minimum age of 36 months) to enjoy quality performances.
This year, three performances will be staged, including an interactive play “Umbrella Theft,” created by the state-run Asia Culture Center, “White Mountain,” a puppet show by the Chuncheon City Puppet Theater and a musical by Brush Theatre titled “The Little Musician,” which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
“Umbrella Theft” runs from July 15 to 25, followed by “White Mountain” from July 29 to Aug. 8. “The Little Musician” will end the festival, running from Aug. 12 to 22.
All three performances will be held twice a day, at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m.
There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
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 to 150,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
Hongik Daehangno Art Center
Through Aug. 22: Korean musical “Red Book” is set in England, during the Victorian era. The story revolves around a woman named Anna who hopes to live a life as a confident woman in a male chauvinistic society without having to face any discrimination, and a man named Brown, who only knows how to live as a stiff-necked “gentleman.” The story is written by Han Jung-suk, who hoped to write a musical that is cheerful but also touches on gender issues.
The musical premiered in 2018 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, starring Ivy and Yuria as Anna and Lee Sang-yi and Park Eun-suk as Brown. The musical is returning with several new cast members. Ivy, Cha Ji-yeon, and I.O.I member Kim Se-jeong have been cast to alternate the role of Anna, while Song Won-geun, Seo Kyung-soo, and Kim In-seong of K-pop boy band SF9 will alternate the role of Brown.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 99,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 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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