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THE NUTCRACKER
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
 
Through Dec. 30: The Universal Ballet is presenting “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Vasili Vainonen from Mariinsky Theatre.
 
The ballet company premiered the Christmas classic back in 1986 on home soil and has been staging the show every year since then.
 
Because “The Nutcracker” by Universal Ballet features budding performers, it is a good chance for audiences to learn more about young dancers. This year, the company will hold nine live orchestra performances, while the rest will be recorded versions. The live performances will only be held on weekends. Ticket prices vary.  
 
The performance starts at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends.
 
There are no performances on Dec. 20, 21 and 27.  
 
Ticket prices range from 10,000 won ($8.40) to 120,000 won.
 
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8  
 
 
COUNTDOWN FANTASY  
Kintex Hall 7-8


Band 10cm [YONHAP]

Band 10cm [YONHAP]

 
Dec. 31 – Jan 1, 2022: With 2021 coming to a close, concert organizers are reviving their year-end countdown events following the government’s eased social distancing regulations.  
 
At the Kintex Hall in Gyeonggi, about 14 artists and groups will be holding a series of concerts to countdown to the New Year. According to the organizers, the event will be like a “fairytale,” so participants can finish the year on a magical note.  
 
Participating artists include Ateez, Jukjae, Adoy, Dreamcatcher, Jeong Se-woon, Lucy, Surl, 10cm, Daybreak, Soran, Epik High, VMC, Huckleberry P and N.Flying.
 
Only those who are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result from the prior 48 hours can attend the event.  
 
The concert begins at 2 p.m.  
 
Tickets cost 99,000 won.  
 
Daehwa Station, line No. 3, exit 2
 
 
CHOPIN MEETS FROZEN  
Lotte Concert Hall
 
Jan. 9: Lotte Concert will once again present last year’s hit year-end program, "Chopin Meets Frozen.” The First Ensemble will perform hit numbers from the film “Frozen” including “Do you want to build a snowman?” “Let it go,” and “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II.” They will also perform popular tunes from Disney classics like “Cinderella” and “Pinocchio.”  
 
In between the pieces that are familiar to kids’ ears, Chopin’s pieces like “Grand Valse Brillante in E-falt Major op. 18,” “Ballade No.3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47” are included.  
 
According to Stomp Music, the organizer, the program has been drawn up to show the resemblance between some of Chopin's works and Disney animation numbers.  
To help audience members understand the concert better, pianist Song Young-min, who will also play the piano during the concert, will deliver commentary between each work.
 
The concert begins at 5 p.m.
 
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 60,000 won.
 
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
 
 
NEW DAY
National Theater of Korea


The National Dance Company of Korea presents "New Day" for the upcoming lunar new year holidays. [NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA]

The National Dance Company of Korea presents "New Day" for the upcoming lunar new year holidays. [NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA]



Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2022: For the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays, the National Dance Company of Korea will be staging its new year repertoire “New Day.” The performance showcases an array of Korean traditional dances including “Aekmaki which is a dance performance inspired by an ancestral ritual held on Lunar New Year’s Day.    
 
The performance begins at 3 p.m. There are no shows on Mondays.  
 
Tickets cost 30,000 won.
 
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6
 
 
BILLY ELLIOT
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
 
 
FANTASY TALE
National Theater of Korea, Daloreum Theater
 
Through Feb. 12, 2022: Kim Dong-yeon, who has created a range of hits in diverse genres, wrote and directed “Fantasy Tale” and premiered it in 2003.  
 
Since then, the piece has matured through many runs over the past 17 years. In 2020, its first rerun in six years enjoyed immense success, leading the show to be part of this year’s National Repertory Season.
 
The War Clown, Love Clown and Art Clown, compete with each other to tell their version of the story of Hans, a piano player who lost his hearing in the turmoil of war, and Marie, a dancer who lost her sight — fusing the themes of war, love and art.  
 
The performance features many elements coming together for a more lively and dynamic experience: dance, music, mime and magic.  
 
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays.  
 
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 77,000 won.  
 
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6
 
 
FRANKENSTEIN
Blue Square Hall, Shinhan Card Hall
 
Korean production of the musical "Frankenstein" is being staged at the Blue Square in central Seoul. [SHON COMPANY]

Korean production of the musical "Frankenstein" is being staged at the Blue Square in central Seoul. [SHON COMPANY]



Through Feb. 20, 2022: Based on Mary Shelley’s 1823 novel of the same name, the Korean production of the musical adds new characters and creative plot twists to the classic monster tale.
 
The musical is set in 19th century Europe and centers on the efforts of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Henry Dupre to create a fearless, immortal soldier.
 
However, the experiment goes awry, and a dangerous monster is born.
 
Actors Min Woo-hyuk, Jeon Dong-seok, and Kyuhyun alternate the role of Victor, while Park Eun-tae, Kai and Jeong Taek-woon alternate the role of Henry Dupre, a character that only exists in the Korean production.  
 
The performance starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, as well as weekends and national holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
 
Ticket prices range from 70,000 to 150,000 won.
 
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
 
 
REBECCA
Chungmu Art Center, Grand Theater
 
Through 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
 
 
JEKYLL AND HYDE
Charlotte Theater
 
Through May 8, 2022: Popular musical “Jekyll and Hyde,” which tells the tale of an epic battle between good and evil, has been loved in Korea since its first performance in 2004.  The cast includes Ryu Jeong-hwan, Hong Kwang-ho and Shin Seong-rok in the roles of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Yoon Gong-ju and Ivy Seon-min for the role of Lucy Harris.
 
In December and January 2022, evening performances will begin at 7 p.m. There are additional performances on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.  
 
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
 
Jamsil Station, Line No. 2, 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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