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2019.2.20 Ticket

Feb 20,2019
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An updated version of the hit musical “Grease” will be staged at the D-Cube Arts Center in Sindorim, western Seoul, beginning in April. The musical, originally by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, highlights the 1950s U.S. working-class youth subculture known as “greasers.” [YONHAP]
MR. SUNSHINE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK CONCERT

Lotte Concert Hall

Feb. 24


Last year, the period drama “Mr. Sunshine,” featuring veteran-actor Lee Byung-hun, proved to be a huge hit and its soundtrack performed well on the charts for many weeks.

For fans of the show’s music, the Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Ahn Doo-hyun, will hold a concert to perform songs from the drama.

The concert begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won ($35.46) to 100,000 won.

Jamsil Station, Line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.



OEDIPUS

Seoul Arts Center, CJ Towol Theater

Through Feb. 24


Oedipus is a tragic hero from Greek mythology. He is the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes who, childless for some time, consulted the Oracle at Delphi only to receive a prophecy that foretold their family’s disaster.

The myth was rewritten by ancient Greek tragedians, such as Sophocles and Euripides, many times. The hero was so tragic that his name was used by neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud to explain a certain neuroses established during childhood: “the Oedipus complex.”

The Oedipus myth is also famous for posing the Sphinx’s riddle - “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?” - the answer to which is “Man.” For the role of Oedipus, veteran actor Hwang Jung-min, who has been more active on the big screen in recent years, has been cast.

Starting times vary.

There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 88,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line No. 3, exit 5.



HERO

Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

March 9 to April 21


“Hero” was commissioned in 2009 to honor the 100-year anniversary of the death of Korean independence activist and pan-Asianist, An Jung-geun. The musical is returning to the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts to mark the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement.

Shortly before the annexation of Korea by Japan, An joined a group of resistance fighters in Russia, which plots the assassination of Ito Hirobumi - the Japanese resident-general in Korea and Prime Minister of Japan - upon his arrival in Manchuria.

The musical is packed with energetic performances, while lightening the mood with witty songs.

The musical begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.

The theater provides a foreigner discount of 20 percent and subtitles in English, Japanese and Chinese.

Gwanghwamun Station, Line No. 5, exit 8.



THE LION KING

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Through March 28


The lions are coming to Seoul from Broadway and tickets are selling out fast. Based on Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name, the musical “The Lion King” has been seen by over 95 million people in more than 100 cities in 20 countries since its 1997 premiere.

The musical is directed by Julie Taymor with music by legendary lyricists Tim Rice and Elton John, and composed by Lebo M, Hans Zimmer and many more.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 170,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line No. 3, exit 5.



HAM-ICK

M Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

April 12-28


Written by playwright Kim Eun-seong, this Korean version of “Hamlet” was first performed in 2016 by the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre. The piece was created to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and director Kim Gwang-bo received great acclaim after its premiere.

Although Ham-ick lives a perfect life as a second-generation chaebol and a university professor, her inner life is filled with revenge. Because she struggles with social skills, she wears a figurative mask to hide who she truly is. But when she meets college student Yeon-woo, her loneliness begins to shake. The playwright made Hamlet into a female character and dramatized the original story in various ways. Organizers of the production say the audience does not need to know the original story to sympathize with the story of “Ham-ick” because the story itself overlaps with the lives of modern people.

The play begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won

Gwanghwamun Station, Line No. 5, exit 8.



ALL NEW MUSICAL GREASE

D-Cube Arts Center

April 30 to Aug. 11


The popular rock and roll musical “Grease” has been reproduced to reflect modern times with rearranged numbers and newly designed stages and props by Korea’s OD Company. This new show is still heavily based on the 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that highlights the 1950s U.S. working-class youth subculture known as “greasers.” The characters are still the same, as is the story line, according to Shin Chun-soo, the producer of the OD Company, adding that the musical had to be retouched and upgraded so it could also speak to younger audiences who don’t understand U.S. culture of the 1950s and ’60s. The cast includes Seo Kyeong-soo, Kim Tae-oh, Jeong Se-yoon, Yang Seo-yoon and Han Chae-ah among many others.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. No shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.

Sindorim Station, Line No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5.



JEKYLL AND HYDE

Charlotte Theater

Through May 19


Popular musical “Jekyll and Hyde” has been loved in Korea since its first performance in 2004. Renowned musical actor Cho Seung-woo and popular singer Ivy have been cast as the main characters again, causing tickets to sell out fast.

The cast includes Hong Kwang-ho and Park Eun-tae in the roles of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Yoon Gong-ju and Hyena for the role of Lucy Harris.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.

Jamsil Station, Line No. 2, exit 3.



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