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Hwang Jung-min is mobbed by beautiful women in the musical “Nine.” Provided by OD Musical

The actor Hwang Jung-min is the luckiest man alive. He not only gets the chance to act with beautiful Korean movie stars like Lim Su-jung on-screen, he is performing in the musical “Nine,” surrounded by beautiful women onstage.
In Nine, which starts next Tuesday at the LG Arts Center and runs through March 2, Hwang plays film director Guido Contini, who gets regularly mauled by 15 passionate women.
“I’ve heard that people say I’m lucky with women,” said Hwang during a press conference held at the Seoul Plaza Hotel in December 2007.
“Nine is where my luck with women hits a peak among the work I have done,” he added jokingly.
The actor pointed out that the musical is about adults coming of age.
“It is about a man looking back on his life. So this musical has given me the opportunity to look back on my life as an actor,” he said.
The musical is based on the autobiographical film “8 1/2” by Federico Fellini.
In the story, Contini has reached the peak of his career, and he’s now facing a midlife crisis at the tender age of 40.
He moves from one woman to another, his sex life complicated by all the women madly in love with him.
What’s more, Hwang’s producer is pressurizing him to create a new film, but his ideas have run dry. And film critics are not making his life any easier.
Contini’s life becomes a nightmare just when he’s reached the top of his game.
The musical originally made its debut on Broadway on May 9, 1982. It was revived in 2003 with Spanish movie star Antonio Banderas. That production won two Tony Awards, including Best Revival.
At the time Banderas’ wife, Melanie Griffith, was performing in the musical “Chicago,” also on Broadway.
Performances are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 4 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. During the weekends and holidays, the show will be staged at 3 and 7 p.m. There is no show on Mondays or Lunar New Year’s Day, which is Feb. 7.
Tickets range 30,000 won ($32) to 120,000 won. A 20 percent discount is offered for the Wednesday 3 p.m. show and during the Lunar New Year holidays on Feb. 6 and 8.


By Lee Ho-jeong Staff Reporter[ojlee82@joongang.co.kr]

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