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KIDS & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater
 
Children's musical ″The Umbrella Thief″ will run from July 15 to 25 at the Seoul Arts Center as part of this year's Kids & Family Festival. [SEOUL ARTS CENTER]

Children's musical ″The Umbrella Thief″ will run from July 15 to 25 at the Seoul Arts Center as part of this year's Kids & Family Festival. [SEOUL ARTS CENTER]



July 15 – Aug. 22: The Seoul Arts Center is kicking off its annual “Kids & Family Festival," 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 “The Umbrella Thief,” 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.
 
“The Umbrella Thief” 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 ($26.50) to 40,000 won.
 
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
 
 
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-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
 
 
MISS TROT 2
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
 
July 23 – 25: Top contestants of hit audition program “Miss Trot 2” will be finally holding a concert in Seoul after being canceled multiple times amid coronavirus pandemic.
 
Following the government’s revised social distancing guidelines, which allow a maximum of 4,000 people to enter a music venue at once, the organizers decided to open up seats for the three-day concert.
 
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Tickets range from 110,000 won to 132,000 won.
 
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
 
 
HEDWIG
Chungmu Arts Center


Korean production of ″Hedwig″ is being performed at the Chungmu Arts Center. [SHOWNOTE]

Korean production of ″Hedwig″ is being performed at the Chungmu Arts Center. [SHOWNOTE]



July 30 – Oct. 31: A dynamic mix of rock music and monologue, this eight-time Tony-nominated musical follows the life of a band called The Angry Inch. The Korean production of the musical premiered in 2005.  
 
The story revolves around a boy named Hansel living in East Germany in 1988.
 
One day, a U.S. lieutenant proposes to marry Hansel if he changes his gender to female. Hansel eventually decides to adopt the name Hedwig and undergoes a sex change operation, but it fails. He flies to Kansas only to find that he has been dumped.
 
Undeterred, Hedwig starts wearing wigs and makeup, forms a band called The Angry Inch and becomes a rock star.
 
The upcoming Korean production of this popular musical will feature musical performers Oh Man-seok, Jo Seung-woo, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Eun-sung, and Ren from K-pop boy band Nu’est, who will all be alternating in the main role.
 
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 110,000 won.
 
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
 
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9

 
 
SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL
Lotte Concert Hall
 
July 30 – Aug. 1: A three-day summer music festival is being organized at the Lotte Concert Hall in southern Seoul.
 
On the first day, singer and songwriter Lucid Fall and Stella Jang will hold a duo concert. The upcoming concert will be the two singer-songwriters’ first concert together, but the artists said they have so much in common, such as both having studied engineering in college, that the fans of both artists can look forward to their harmony.
 
On the second day, singer and songwriter Kwon Tae-eun, who used to be a music producer of JYP, will be holding a 10-year anniversary of his “Lunch Song Project.” Kwon began the project in 2010, which stages “heartwarming acoustic music for people during lunch time."
 
Other artists who have featured in Kwon’s project in the past 10 years include singer-songwriter Kevin Oh, cellist Hong Jin-ho, Hoppipolla, the winner of JTBC’s music survival program “Super Band” in 2019, and others.  
 
On the final day, Park Hyun-soo, a member of a crossover vocal group Letteamor will be holding a solo concert, showcasing various genres of songs including classical music, jazz and pop. Letteamor won third place in JTBC’s third season of “Phantom Singer.”
 
Concerts on July 30 and 31 begin at 7:30 p.m. while the Aug. 1 concert begins at 3 p.m.
 
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 110,000 won.
 
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
 
 
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
 
 
INTIMATE STRANGERS
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater


The play ″Intimate Strangers,″ based on the Italian film ″Perfect Strangers″ (2008) is being staged at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul. [SHOWNOTE]

The play ″Intimate Strangers,″ based on the Italian film ″Perfect Strangers″ (2008) is being staged at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul. [SHOWNOTE]

 
Through Aug. 1: Hit Korean film “Intimate Strangers” (2018), directed by Lee Jae-kyoo, has been turned into a play that premiered at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central in May. The film is based on 2016 Italian film “Perfect Stangers,” or “Perfetti Sconosciuti” in Italian, by Paolo Genovese.
 
The plot of the play strictly follows the original Italian film, where a married couple invites their close friends over for a housewarming dinner party. They start to play a game, initiated by a comment made by a relationship therapist named Eva. She says she believes that many couples would separate if they saw the messages on each other’s mobile phones. The party begins as they each place their phone on the dinner table and read out their messages with the rest of the group and openly share the calls on speakerphone.
 
Fifteen actors including Lee Si-eon, Park So-jin, Yang Kyung-won among many others have been cast in the play.
 
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
 
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 77,000 won.  


Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8


 
XCALIBUR
Blue Square, Shinhan Card Hall
 
Aug. 17 – Nov. 7: A new Musical produced by Korea’s EMK Musical Company titled “Xcalibur” is ready to premiere in August. the musical reinterprets the British legend of King Arthur, following his life story from being an ordinary man to becoming the legendary king after pulling the sword Excalibur from a sacred stone.
 
The musical is directed by Stephen Rayne while the music is by Frank Wildborn. Ivan Menchell, who wrote the screenplay for “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Death Note” and “Mata Hari,” is the playwright.
 
K-pop boy band members Dokyeom, or DK from Seventeen, JYJ’s Kim Jun-su, BTOB member Seo Eun-kwang and musical actor Kai have been cast to alternate the role of King Arthur.
 
The show beings at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
 
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
 
 
RED BOOK
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 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
 
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
 

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [yim.seunghye@joongang.co.kr]
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