February 23, 2022 post

JEWELRY
National Theater of Korea, Haeoreum Grand Theater


The National Ballet of Korea will perform “Jewels” by George Balanchine from February 25 to 27 at the National Theater of Korea in central Seoul. [KNB]


February 25 to 27: The National Ballet of Korea presents “Jewels” by choreographer George Balanchine. The state-run ballet company, led by artistic director Kang Sue-jin, premiered the piece last year to critical acclaim.

The work consists of three acts with three different composers to express each jewel. The first scene is set to music by Gabriel Faure to stage emeralds. The second is Stravinsky’s music to express the rubies. The third stage is Tchaikovsky’s music to express the diamonds.

The Korean Symphony Orchestra will perform the music under the direction of James Tuggle.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 5,000 won ($4.20) to 100,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, Line No. 3, Exit 6

SE SO NEON 2022 LIVE IN SEOUL
Blue Square Mastercard room

February 25 to 27: Indie band Se So Neon are holding their first solo concert in two years. “It’s not a joke,” the band said of the gig. Se So Neon will perform all of their latest songs released since 2020 on stage for the very first time.

The Seoul concert will also kick off the band’s world tour. The group will stop in cities like New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Se So Neon debuted in 2016 and is best known for his song “Jayu.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets cost between 99,000 and 110,000 won.

Hangangjin Station, Line No. 6, Exit 2 or 3

NOTRE DAME OF PARIS
Blue Square, Shinhan Map Room

February 25 – March 13: The original French production team of the musical “Notre Dame de Paris” will return to Seoul to show their appreciation for the Koreans who showed “so much love”, according to the production team. His previous run in Seoul had to end about a month earlier in January 2021 due to Covid-19.

The musical is based on the 1831 French novel by Victor Hugo. Set in the 15th century, “Notre Dame” follows several characters including Quasimodo, the misshapen bell ringer at Notre Dame Cathedral who is in love with a beautiful dancer named Esmeralda.

Actors Angelo Del Vicchio and Maximilien Philippe will alternate the role of Quasimodo while Elhaida Dani and Jame Bono will take on the role of Esmeralda.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 70,000 won to 170,000 won.

Hangangjin Station, Line No. 6, Exit 2 or 3

REBECCA
Chungmu Art Center, Grand Theater

Until February 27: 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 is also said to be inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca.”

The musical, which combines romance and suspense, premiered 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 recover from the traumatic incident. Maxim marries another woman but his new wife learns a disturbing secret that Mrs. Danvers, the mansion housekeeper, still worships the late Rebecca.

When the musical first premiered in Seoul, it was the top-selling musical for five consecutive weeks. It still attracts music aficionados, who have already viewed it several times.

Musical director Robert Johanson has been leading the production since its premiere.
Four actors including Min Young-ki, Kim Jun-hyun, Enok and Lee Jang-woo will alternate as Mr. de Winter, while actresses Shin Young-sook and Oak Joo-hyun will play Ms. Danvers.

The show starts 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 n°6, exit 9

KRYSTIAN ZIMERMAN
Lotte Concert Hall

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, described as one of the greatest pianists of his generation, is visiting Korea for the first time in three years for a four-city tour. [KASSKARA, DGG]

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, described as one of the greatest pianists of his generation, is visiting Korea for the first time in three years for a four-city tour. [KASSKARA, DGG]

March 1, 2 and 6: Although he had to undergo a seven-day quarantine, Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman will travel to Korea to hold a series of concerts in four cities – Daegu, Busan Daejeon and Seoul. The touring concert for Zimerman, who is described as one of the greatest pianists of his generation, is part of Mast Media’s “The Great Pianists Series” project.

Zimerman rose to international fame after winning the IX International Chopin Piano Competition in 1975.

Zimerman will travel to Korea for the first time in three years for upcoming concerts. His previous concert in 2019 was a sold-out event as it was his first visit in 16 years.


For the next concerts, he will perform Partitas n°1 and 2 by Bach, followed by “20 Mazurkas, op. 50 n° 13, 14, 15, 16” and the “Piano Sonata n° 3 in B minor, op. 58.”

Tickets range from 70,000 won to 170,000 won.

Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Jamsil station, line n°2, exit 1 or 2

YOUNHA ENCORE CONCERT: END THEORY FINAL EDITION
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

Singer and songwriter Younha [ILGAN SPORTS]

Singer and songwriter Younha [ILGAN SPORTS]

March 11 – 13: Singer-songwriter Younha will hold a three-day encore concert titled “End Theory: Final Edition” starting March 11 for those who missed her previous concert last December. As the December concert was her first solo concert in two years, fans flocked to get tickets.


Younha said she would hold an encore concert for three days to make sure more people could see her perform.

She will perform her endless list of hits, including “Umbrella”, “123”, as well as her latest releases like “On A Rainy Day”.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 132,000 won.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Parc Olympique station, line n°5, exit 3

THE LION KING
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Until March 18: The musical’s “The Lion King” international tour crew, which first visited Korea in 2018, is back for a seven-week tour.

Based on Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name, the musical has been seen by more than 95 million people in more than 100 cities in 20 countries since its premiere in 1997.

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

The show starts at 7:30 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 180,000 won.

Nambu Bus Station, Line No. 3, Exit 5

LEE SEUNG-YOON CONCERT
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

March 19 – 20:Singer and songwriter Lee Seung-yoon, who shot to fame after winning the hit JTBC audition show “Sing Again” (2020-21), which aimed to rediscover forgotten or obscure singers, will hold a solo concert in March. Lee released a full album on November 24 titled “Even If It Becomes a Ruin.”

The concert starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 132,000 won.

Parc Olympique station, line n°5, exit 3

SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Universal Art Center

Until April 20:Set in the Renaissance era, the musical “Something Rotten!” depicts the struggles of two brothers – Nick and Nigel Bottom – who strive to write their own masterpiece to surpass their rival William Shakespeare.

Premiering on Broadway in 2014, the musical was acclaimed by critics and audiences upon its release.

For this Korean production, Kang Pil-suk and Kim Dong-wan alternate the role of Nick while Lee Chung-ju and Yang Yo-seop of boy band Highlight alternate the role of Nigel Bottom. Choi Jae-rim and Seo Kyung-soo play the character of Shakespeare.

The musical starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.

Ticket prices range from 70,000 won to 140,000 won.

Achasan station, line n°5, exit 4


JEKYLL AND HYDE
Charlotte Theater

Until May 8:The popular musical “Jekyll and Hyde”, which tells the story of an epic battle between good and evil, has been popular in Korea since its first performance in 2004.

The cast includes Ryu Jeong-hwan, Hong Kwang-ho and Shin Seong-rok as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Yoon Gong-ju and Ivy Seon-min as Lucy Harris. EMK Entertainment, the show’s production team, recently added musical actor Kai to the cast for Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. It will start performing from February 25.

Until this month, evening performances will begin at 7 p.m. Additional performances are Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.

Jamsil station, line n°2, exit 3

*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [[email protected]]

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