Tickets for musicals Don Quixote and Wicked selling fast
Updated: 2021-02-19 15:44:36 KST
It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly 'Life With Culture' segment to let you know what's on this weekend.
Our life and culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is here in the studio, Bo-kyoung, what do you have for us this week?
Musicals have had a hard time as the strict level 2.5 social distancing rules only allowed 30-percent of the seats to be sold.
But now as social distancing levels have eased, more seats for hit musicals are available, and culture lovers are snapping up the tickets fast.
Let's take a look at what musicals are hot right now.
Venues for musicals such as ‘Man of La Mancha' are alive with visitors who have been waiting a long time to hear its hits like ‘The Impossible Dream'.
"As the social distancing level has been eased, well-known musicals have returned to the stage, with some shows featuring big stars already sold-out."
An executive producer of 'Man of La Mancha', the popular musical story of Don Quixote, says the show is able to go on thanks to the cooperation of all the staff.
"Usually for the big musicals, the break-even point is 70-percent. But with social distancing, we can only sell 30, 50 or 70-percent of the seats. However, thanks to the staff and actors, who have belief that the show must go on, we are able to continue."
For the show to go on, extra effort was required from the production team. But the hardwork is paying off with audiences able to enjoy unique music and an escape from the pandemic.
"The show's setting is Spain so its Spanish music based on Flamenco melodies with two guitars and wind instruments which play major roles in the musical."
"We are all going through hard times and I hope visitors to our show can find some hope and courage from Don Quixote who always dreamt about going his way."
Thundering applauses are just coming out at Charlotte Theater, but also at Blue Square where a green-skinned witch sings the signature number 'Defying Gravity in the production 'Wicked''.
Tickets for 'Wicked' were sold out in just a few minutes. Some were even sold illegally at much higher prices.
Featuring musical divas such as Oak Joo-hyun, the show will continue to bewitch audiences until May.
There are other well-known musicals ready for audiences.
'The Last Empress' shares the story of the last queen of the Joseon Dynasty, Empress Myeongseong, at Seoul Arts Center and 'Monte Cristo' the Korean production of the popular musical "The Count of Monte Cristo" is on at LG Arts Center.
That will certainly come as good news for lovers of musicals.
But for those who are interested in other cultural sectors, could you recommend some other enjoyable events for us?
Sure, Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul has lots of interesting shows this week.
'All That Rachmaninoff' offers a rare chance for people to listen to three piano concertos, all performed by Millennium Symphony Orchestra.
The same orchestra also has collaborative shows with the crossover group 'RabidAnce ' and with the soprano who had played Christine in 'The Phantom Of The Opera', Kim Soon-young.
Winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition,. Lim Dong-min and Lim Dong-hyek are planning a duo recital.
Their nationwide tour will start in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do Province.
MMCA brought another noteworthy exhibition titled "Encounters Between Korean Art and Literature in the Modern Age" showing how writers and artists during the harsh Japanese colonial era were actually able to make two genres flourish.
Moving on to online performances, tonight, there are lots to enjoy.
'Undang-yeogwan Concert' presents a play by National Intangible Cultural Heritage owner Lee Saeng-kang which uses Korean traditional bamboo flutes, known as "Daegeum."
Adding to that, Tchaikovsky melodies, such as symphony number six, will be played by the Korean Symphony Orchestra which can be found via the orchestra's Naver TV channel.
Thank you Bo-kyoung as always for sharing interesting cultural shows our viewers can enjoy.
I will see you next week again.