2021 Oct. 26 TicketGISELLE
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 ($8.30) 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
Seoul Arts Center, CJ Towol Theater
Oct. 31 – Nov. 21: Veteran actor Lee Soon-jae will play Lear in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” Korea has staged productions of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy before, but according to the organizers, all of them were so heavily abridged they could barely be considered “truly Shakespeare’s.”
The upcoming production will be “as close to the original” as possible, with a running time of three hours and 20 minutes. Lee is onstage for most of that time.
Lee will appear in all 23 performances. He will not alternate with another actor, as is common in Korean stage productions.
Though there are numerous Korean translations of "King Lear," director Lee Hyun-woo decided to translate it himself.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 90,000 won.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 2 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
Lee Hae-rang Theater
Through Oct. 31: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding, the Performing Image Art Center, also known as Theater Piac, decided to put on a stage production of “The Brothers Karamazov” based on the novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Director Na Jin-hwan says he attempts to question the audience members about the existential meaning of human existence. The troupe had staged the play last year and became one of the best-selling tickets on Interpark. It’s divided into two parts and will run for a total of six hours.
Lear’s eldest daughter Goneril will be played by actors So Yoo-jin and Ji Joo-yeon. Regan, the second daughter will be played by Oh Jeong-yeon and Seo Song-hee. The youngest daughter Cordelia will be played by Lee Yeon-hee.
Actor Jung Dong-hwan will play the role of the grand inquisitor.
The play begins at 7 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6
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
Through Oct. 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
SUPERBAND 2 CONCERT
Olympic Park, KSPO Dome
Nov. 5 to 7: Korean rock bands that featured on JTBC’s hit music competition show “Superband 2” are set to hold a concert. The bands that made into the top 6 — Cnema, Craxilver, Poco a poco, Kardi, The Fix and The Whales —will feature.
The bands were newly formed during the show which made many individual indie musicians team up with one another to show off their talents.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1::30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets cost 132,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
PAUL KIM CONCERT
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
Nov. 6 – 7: Singer and song writer Paul Kim will be holding a nationwide tour to promote his latest EP “After Summer.” He will be stopping in nine cities including two concerts in Seoul’s Olympic Park.
All three tracks on Kim’s latest EP, which are “Gloomy Sunday,” “After Summer” and “Bruising,” have been ranking high on major music charts.
Kim debuted in 2014 and has produced numerous hit songs including “Me After You” (2018) and “Traffic Light” (2019).
The concert begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 121,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
Chungmu Art Center, Grand Theater
Nov. 16 – Feb. 27, 2022: The Korean production of a hit musical “Rebecca” is back in Seoul.
The musical is based on a Gothic romance novel by Daphne du Maurier, but it is reportedly also inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca.”
The musical, which combines romance and suspense, first hit the stage in Vienna in 2006.
Set in a mansion called Manderley, "Rebecca" tells the story of Maxim de Winter, a wealthy widower who lost his wife Rebecca in a drowning accident and cannot get over the traumatic incident. Maxim marries another woman but his new wife learns a disturbing secret that Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper of the mansion, still worships the late Rebecca.
When the musical was first staged in Seoul, it was the highest-selling musical for five consecutive weeks. It still attracts musical aficionados, who have already watched it multiple times.
Musical director Robert Johanson has been at the helm of the production since its premiere.
Four actors including Min Young-ki, Kim Jun-hyun, Enok and Lee Jang-woo will alternate the role of Mr. Winter, while actresses Shin Young-sook and Oak Joo-hyun will play Mrs. Danvers.
The show begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
MUN TAE-GUK AND LIM DONG-HYEK DUO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Lim first stole the limelight in the world’s classical music circle by becoming the youngest top prize winner of the 2001 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris and has gone on to forge a stellar career.
Mun became the first Korean to win the renowned Balo Casals International Cello Competition in 2014.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN
Gwangya Art Center
Through Jan. 31, 2022: Gwangya Art Center has premiered new musical “The Gospel According to John.” As you can predict from the title, the musical is based on the Book of John in the Bible. According to the production team, the story of Jesus and the people who saw and heard about him will be brought to the stage.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and public holidays.
Tickets cost 40,000 won.
Apgujeong Rodeo Station, Suin-Bundang line, exit 4
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
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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