2021 Sept. 14 TicketDEAR AUTUMN
CJ Azit Gwangheungchang
Oct. 1, 2, 8 and 9: The CJ Cultural Foundation has organized a special concert to introduce four indie bands in October. On two weekends at the foundation's CJ Azit in Mapo district, the indie bands will be holding a concert to showcase their talents live.
Indie band Gift will kick start the "Dear Autumn" project on Oct. 1, followed by SURL on Oct. 2. On Oct. 8, Jibeom, who has featured on JTBC's hit music program "Super Band" will perform for his fans. Finally on Oct. 9, Na Sang-hyun Band will take to the stage, introducing the trio's single "Summer Days," which dropped in July. All four acts are given the opportunity to perform live with the support from the CJ Cultural Foundation.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Tickets cost 44,000 won ($37.60).
Gwangheungchang Station, line No. 6, exit 5
COFFEE AND HYPNOTIC
Seoullo 7017 and Baek Sung-hee & Jang Min-ho Theater
Sept. 24 – Oct. 3: The National Theater Company of Korea has organized a unique performance for just one audience member at a time. Written by Seo Hyun-seok, “Coffee and Hypnotic” was created with the objective of utilizing not only the theater, but also Seoullo 7017. Seo, who was commissioned with the work, said he first began writing the piece thinking how people who had used the bridge back in times gone by perceive the place now?
This interactive theater performance invites one audience member at a time to a tea house in Gyeongseong Station in 1930 Seoul. (Gyeongseong is an old name for Seoul.) It begins from the information center of Seoullo 7017 and ends at the theater.
The performance takes place every 30 minutes from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. everyday on week days and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets cost 30,000 won.
Hoehyeon Station, line No. 4, exit 4 or 5
BLUE CONCERT WITH NADA
Sept. 25: Rapper Nada is gearing up for a concert for a good cause.
Nada will not only be performing her new single “Spicy” but also her hit songs like “Trippin’,” “Ride,” “Dozer,” and “My Body” among many others.
Proceeds from the concert organized together with PG& Pictures, will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost 77,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 6
QUINTETO ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Lotte Concert Hall
Sept. 28: Latin Grammy-winner Quinteto Astor Piazzolla will be visiting Korea for a concert next month. The quintet had its Korean debut two years ago when it visited the country in celebration of Astor Piazzolla's 100th birthday.
The upcoming concert is a part of the quintet's international tour which started in Columbia before making stops in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy before making its ways to Korea.
The program includes toe-tapping tango music such as “Biyuya,” “Celos,” “Fuga y Misterio,” “Milonga Loca,” “La Muerte del Angel” among many others.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.
The ticket ranges from 50,000 won to 150,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
Through Oct. 3: The Korean production of the hit musical Marie Antoinette is being staged at the Charlotte Theater in Jamsil, southern Seoul.
The musical tells the story of Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, but some fictional characters have been included, like Margrid Arnaud, to add more drama to the life of the queen who was put to death by guillotine.
The nearly three-hour-long performance takes place in several settings, from the Palace of Versailles to Tuileries Garden to the Marais district, and the show will jump from place to place by using a revolving stage.
Musical actor Kim So-hyun again has been cast in the role of Marie Antoinette. Kim So-hyang will alternate as the queen.
Kim Yeon-ji and Jung Yu-ji have been cast to play the role of Margrid, who begs for money on the street but later becomes a revolutionary leader.
The male protagonist Fersen will be alternated by four actors — Min Woo-hyuk, Lee Seok-hoon, Lee Chang-sub, and Kim Do-young.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
With toughened social distancing rules, 3 p.m. shows have been moved up to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in July.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and No. 8, exit 3
JARASUM JAZZ FESTIVAL
Oct. 9 – 11: The annual jazz festival is back and the line up for the upcoming event so far includes, Sunwoojunga with band Swja on Oct. 9, Kim Hyun-chul, Nam Woo-sun, Song Mi-ho, Oh Eun-hye and Suh Soo-jin as well as Kim Bo-ra Jazz and Minyo Project on Oct. 10, while musicians performing on Oct. 11 include Cho Eung-min and Bada Jazz Liners and Chung Won Young Band.
The performances will start at 4 p.m. each day and end at 10 p.m.
One-day ticket costs 50,000 won, while two-day ticket costs 80,000 won and three-day ticket costs 100,000 won.
Gapyeong Station, Gyeongchun line, exit No. 1
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Oct. 29 – 31: Popular romantic ballet “Giselle” will be performed by the Universal Ballet. The company's production of “Giselle” premiered in 1985 and began touring the world in 2011, holding sell-out performances. It is now considered one of the company’s representative pieces.
The ballet follows Giselle, a young girl who dies of a broken heart after learning that her lover is involved with someone else.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
Chungmu Arts Center
Through 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 Korean production of this popular musical features musical performers Oh Man-seok, Jo Seung-woo, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Eun-sung, and Ren from K-pop boy band Nu’est, who alternate 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
Dream Art Center
Oct. 9 - 31: A play adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" will be performed at the Dream Art Center in Daehangno in central Seoul, for three weeks only.
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters— Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — and details their passage from childhood to womanhood.
Song Jeong-ahn, behind the Korean musical "Pan" took the helm in directing the play.
As for the cast, actors So Jeong-hwa and Shin Eui-jeong alternate the role of Meg. Choi Yoo-ha will play the second sister Jo, while Hong Ji-hee and Jeong Woo-yeon have been cast to play the third sister Beth.
The role of little sister Amy will be played by Park Ran-joo.
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets cost 66,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1
D-Cube Arts Center
Through Feb. 2, 2022: “Billy Elliot” is back.
The story takes place in the 1980s, during a coal miners’ strike in Northern England. Billy happens to stumble across ballet during one of his boxing classes, and his life is changed forever after he discovers his love, and talent, for dance.
“Billy Elliot” is a heartwarming and humorous story about a young boy and his family trying to fulfill their dreams through music and choreography.
The kids who have been cast to alternate the role of Billy are, Kim Shi-hoon, Lee Woo-jin, Jeong Kang-hyuk and Joo Hyun-joon.
Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 150,000 won.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.
Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5
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BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [email@example.com]