"Cats": The Korean production of the world-famous musical "Cats" is running through Jan. 18 at Charlotte Theater in Jamsil-dong, Seoul. Featuring singer and actress Ok Ju-hyun as Grizabella and Dae-sung from boy band Big Bang as Rum Tum Tuger, the sexy and rebellious cat. Tickets are from 40,000 won to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 501-7888 orvisit Open the link
"The Nutcracker": The children's version of the old classic has been receiving positive responses from audiences since premiering in 2005, thanks to its fresh setting that has helped enhance the understanding of younger viewers. The show has narrator "Heart Fairy" guide the audience through the show, explaining to them what is happening on stage. "The Nutcracker" musical will run through Jan. 18 at Seoul Kyoyuk Munhwa Hoewkwan in Yangjae-dong, Seoul. For more information, call (02) 738-8289 or visit www.i-pmc.co.kr
"Rocky Horror Show": The cult musical created by British writer Richard O'Brien, which premiered in 1973, is still considered one of the most provocative works in the genre. The production is often referred to as the cult rock version of "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" combined, with extraordinary imagination added in. For the local version's sixth run, four different actors - Hong Rok-gi
, Song Yong-jin
, Kang Tae-eul, and Kim Tae-han - will be co-starring in the lead role, Dr. Frank-n-Furter, each portraying different elements of the character. The show will be held in Theater SH, Daehangno through Jan. 18. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 55,000 won. For further information, call (02) 501-1670.
: The musical adaptation of the mega-hit homemade movie of the same title - well-liked by audiences since premiering in 2007 - will return to the theater until Jan. 18. Starring singer Andy
from group Shinhwa and Lee Sung-jin
from group NRG as the leading role Jung-jun, the show will deal with the lifestyle, friendship and love of singles in their late 20s to 30s. The show will be staged at Baekam Art Hall in Samsung-dong, Seoul. For more information, call (02) 764-8760.
"Really Really Like You
": The hit homemade musical dealing with the love between two highschool teachers set to the 70s will be showing for the second time starting Jan. 8 at Theater Yong at National Museum of Korea in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Along with the stars from last year Park Hae-mi
and Park Sang-myun
, musical actor Kim Bup-rae
, singer Jo Kap-kyeong and actress Hong Soo-ah
will join the cast. The show will run through Jan. 25. Tickets are from 40,000 won to 100,000 won. For details, call (02) 514-5606.
"Sex Is Zero
": The musical adaptation of the popular same-titled movie and its sequel - released in 2002 and 2007, respectively, is showing at Mapo Arts Center in Seoul. It deals with a love story between a law student, Dal-soo, who falls in love with the college's most popular cheerleader, Yoon-jung. Actors from the movie, Choi Sung-gook
and Yoo Chae-yeong
- and singer-turned-actor Choi Jung-won-I
- star in the show. It will run through Jan. 25. For more information, call (02) 764-4450.
"200 Pounds Beauty
": The 2006 movie-turned-musical features central character Kang Han-byul - played by singer and actress Choi Sung-hee, aka Bada
from girl group S.E.S. - the fat and unattractive nameless singer who gains confidence and success as a singer after having cosmetic surgery. The show will be staged until Feb. 1 at Chungmu Art Hall in Heungin-dong, Seoul. Tickets run from 40,000 won to 90,000 won. For details, call (02) 3485-8721.
"Famous Artist Show": Popular live tribute show from Las Vegas "Famous Artist Show" premieres in Korea. Targeting theatergoers in their 30s and older, the show presents performances of impersonators singing songs of famed stars including Elvis Presley, Madonna, Beatles and Michael Jackson. The show will be held at Grand Hilton Seoul in Hongeun-dong until Jan. 4, and at Universal Arts Center in Neung-dong, Seoul from Jan. 23 to Feb.7. Tickets are from 77,000 won to 180,000 won. For details, call (070) 7123-1679 or go to Open the link
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde": The local production of the hit musical that helped now top-ranked actor Cho Seung-woo
achieve stardom returns to theater. The show delicately depicts the dualism in human nature, while presenting brilliant tunes like "This is the moment" and "Once Upon a Dream". Three actors will take on the leading role, including Ryu Jung-han
, who was nominated for best actor at last year's Korea Musical Awards. The musical runs through Feb. 22 at LG Arts Center. Tickets are from 40,000 won to 120,000 won. For details, call (02) 556-8556.
"Cafe In": The homemade romantic comedy musical tells a love story between a female barista who learns how to love from a player sommelier, while providing useful information about coffee and wine. Popular musical director Sung Jae-jun and musical director Won Mi-sol duo, who together created numerous hit musicals including "Polaroid" and "Music in My Heart", collaborated on the show. It will run untill Feb. 28 at Live Theater in Daehangno, Seoul. Tickets are 35,000 won and 45,000 won. For details, call (02) 3448-4340.
"Dreamgirls": Broadway show "Dreamgirls", better known to the Korean public as the 2006 movie version starring pop stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson, which was loved by viewers for its catchy tunes and touching story, premieres in Korea starting Feb. 27. In the Seoul show, the main characters Deena will be played by musical actress Jung Sun-ah, who has proven her talent in hit shows including "Nine" and "Xanadu", while Effie will be played by both musical actresses Hong Ji-min
and Cha Ji-yeon
. The show will be staged until July 26 at Charlotte Theater in Jamsil-dong, Seoul. For details, call (02) 556-8556 or go to www.musicaldreamgirls.co.kr
"Rent": The Korean production of popular musical that shot Cho Seung-woo to stardom returns for its sixth run at KEPCO Arts Center in Yangjae-dong, Seoul. The show concerns the passion and love of poor young people in New York City who desire to become artists. Cho Min-ah from female pop group Jewelry will be playing Mimi, the goal-driven dancer. The show is on an open run. Tickets are from 40,000 won to 60,000 won. For details, call (02) 1544-1555 or go to www.iseensee.com
"Night Mother": With veteran actresses Na Moon-hee
and Son Sook
doubling the role of the mother Thelma, the show looks at the importance of communication between family members. "Night Mother" is about Jessie, a divorcee, who lives with her mother. One day, Jessie says she wants to commit suicide. Much of the play consists of the last conversation between her and her mother before Jessie kills herself. The show will run through Jan. 4 at Wonder Space Theater. Tickets are 30,000 won and 40,000 won. For details, call (02) 766-6007 or visit Open the link
"Milky Way": Former culture minister and well-known actor and director Kim Myung-gon returns as a play director through "Milky Way", an orthodox play which modified the 1955 play "Do You Know the Milky Way?" by German playwright Karl Wittlinger. The work portrays a young man who finds the ultimate truth and the meaning of beauty through suffering. It will continue through Jan. 4 at Doorae 2 Hall in Daehangno, Seoul. Tickets are 15,000 won and 30,000 won. For details, call (02) 741-5978.
"I Love You": A stage adaptation of the hit online cartoon by Kang Full
(Kang Do-young) has started its second run in Daehangno, Seoul. The story spotlights two elderly couples - one a milkman and a woman who gathers and sells discarded newspapers to make a living; the other a valet in a parking lot who devotedly looks after his senile wife. The play will be staged at The Good Theater in Daehangno until Jan. 31. Tickets are 35,000 won. For more information, call (02) 742-9005.
"Educating Rita": The hit play from the theater venture group Yeongeukyeoljeon2 is now re-running at Daehangno. Choi Hwa-jung and Yoon Joo-sang
play the two main characters, Rita and Frank, like they did in the Korean premiere of the piece in 1991. The piece features the process where Rita - a newlywed hairdresser who goes to college because of her desire for education - and Frank, a professor at the college, come to understand and change each other. It will run through Feb. 1 at Dongsoong Arts Center in Seoul. Tickets cost from 25,000 won to 45,000 won. For details, call (02) 766- 6007.
"Closer": Better known to the pulbic as the 2004 movie adaptation starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law, the play by British playwright Patrick Marber is on its eighth run in Korea. Previous seasons of the play including the one starring popular TC actress Kim Ji-ho
were also well-received by the audience. Danny Ahn
from boy band G.O.D. will be playing a central character this season. The play will run through Feb. 8 at SM Arts Center in Daehangno, Seoul. Tickets are 25,000 won and 35,000 won. For more information, call (02) 764-8760.