“Mr. Show”: By renowned musical director Kolleen Park, the naughty male striptease show “Mr. Show” is returning to the stage this year. The women-only variety show features strapping young men who dance and perform various themed acts that are geared toward tantalizing females. The live show – only for those 19 and above -- will be staged from Sept. 24 to Dec. 4 at the Shinhan Card Fan Square’s Live Hall in Seoul. Tickets are 52,000 won and 80,000 won. For more details, call 02-547-5694.
“Dorian Gray”: CJeS Culture is unveiling its first original production -- a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Starring K-pop star Kim Jun-su, the musical was scripted by Cho Yong-shin and directed by Lee Gi-na. It also features music composed by Kim Moon-jeong. “Dorian Gray” will be staged from Sept. 3 to Oct. 29 at the Seongnam Arts Center’s Opera House. Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363.
A scene from “Mr. Show.” (Mr. Show Production)
“Kinky Boots”: The hit Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” is making its way back to Seoul once again. Based on the book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein and with music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper, the musical tells the true story of Charlie Price who goes to oddly extreme lengths to save his father’s shoe factory. The local production will star Lee Ji-hoon, Kim Ho-young, Jung Seong-hwa and Kang Jong-seok. “Kinky Boots” will be staged from Sept. 02 to Nov. 13 at the Blue Square in Hannam-dong, Seoul. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.
“Peste”: Based on the tragic tale of French author Albert Camus’ “The Plague” and combined with the sounds of legendary K-pop icon Seo Tai-ji, the new local musical “Peste” is hitting the stage this summer. The musical that tells the horrifically graphic tale of the deadly plague that sweeps the Algerian coastal city will star Son Ho-young of g.o.d., Kim Da-hyeon, Park Eun-seok, Kim Do-hyun, Oh So-yeon, Linzy of Fiestar and Jeong-min of Boyfriend. “Peste” will be staged from July 20 to Sept. 30 at the LG Arts Center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363.
“Sweeney Todd, The Musical”: The gruesome tale of a man filled with vengeance, the musical tale of the demon barber of Fleet Street is hitting the Seoul stage. Sweeney Todd follows the life of Benjamin Barker, who, after being wrongfully accused of a crime, takes his vengeance on the people of London by murdering the patrons of his barbershop. Starring Ock Joo-hyun, Cho Seung-woo, Yang Jun-mo and Jeon Mi-do, the musical will be staged at the Charlotte Theater in Songpa-gu until Oct. 3. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1588-5212.
A member of the James Cousins Company performs “Rosalind.” (Official Facebook)
“Burki & Com Company”: Contemporary Czech dance group Burki & Com Company will present “The Wilds: The Vanity of Plumage” at the Mapo Art Center in Seoul from Oct. 6-7 at 8 p.m. Choreographed by Jana Burkiewiczova, the performance explores the innate contradictions that make up human nature. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won, and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 3274-8600.
“Seoul Performing Arts Festival”: The 16th annual Seoul Performing Arts Festival will take place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 30 at the Arko Arts Theater and Daehakro Arts Theater in Jongno-gu, Seoul. This year’s event will feature 17 artist groups from Korea, Belgium, Slovenia, the UK, Canada and Poland. Highlights include “Memories of Shame” by Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater, “Speak Low If You Speak Love” by Ultima Vez and “Rosalind” by James Cousins Company. Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 2098-2984.
“Romeo and Juliet”: Universal Ballet will present Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” from Oct. 22-29 at the Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Theater. This is the first time in four years that the group is performing the iconic Shakespeare piece about the tragedy that unfolds between two star-crossed lovers. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won and are available at sacticket.co.kr or ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (070) 7124-1737.
“Sleeping Beauty”: Korean National Ballet will perform “Sleeping Beauty” at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House from Nov. 3-6. After presenting Rudolf Nureyev’s rendition in 2004, the group is back with a different take on the classic fairy tale, choreographed by Marcia Haydee, a former prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet group. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets range from 5,000 won to 100,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 587-6181.
Exhibition view of “Gathering Clouds, I, II, III, IV” by Anish Kapoor (Anish Kapoor/Kukje Gallery)
Kukje Gallery is holding a solo exhibition of renowned artist Anish Kapoor until Oct. 30. The exhibition presents sculptures that are results of his exploration of materials and abstraction. On display are twisted rectangle stainless steel blocks with polished surfaces, and sculptural voids in fiberglass and steel at the K1 and K3 exhibition spaces. For more information, visit www.kukjegallery.com
. “Traces of Life and Death”:
Arario Gallery is holding a solo exhibition of Korea’s first-generation avant-garde artist Kim Ku-lim until Oct. 16. The 80-year-old artist presents seven new sculptures, installations and a video that symbolize the tragedies of contemporary society as seen in the Syrian migrant crisis and the recent tragic murders involving young children in Korea. For more information, visit www.arariogallery.com
Atelier Hermes is presenting a solo exhibition of Jeong Geumg-hyung, winner of the 16th Hermes Foundation Misulsang. The prestigious art award, sponsored by the global fashion brand, has selected artist Jeong, who is known for her interactive performances with exercise machines and mannequins that gradually transform into erotic actions. The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 23, showcases objects Jeong used in her performances and stages on-site performances by Jeong on selected dates. For more information, call (02) 3015-3258.“The Unfamiliar Walk”:
Artist Lee Young-baek, who is known for his sold-out, imposing 2011 exhibition at the Korean pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, is holding a solo exhibition with new works at Hakgojae Gallery. The show features mirror installations and video works that reflect the dualities of Korean society and the world as seen through social media. This show traverses different genres in art ranging from sculpture and painting to media art, using materials such as mirrors, aluminum sheets, motors and absorbents. The exhibition runs until Sept. 25. For more information, call (02) 720-1524. “Unforseen”:
Art and modern dance meet in a joint experimental performance project between the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Dance Company of Korea. The performances presented by 13 artists and teams are staged spontaneously at various spots of the museum, or presented in an exhibition format at the museum. The performances will combine unique features of contemporary art and dance, encompassing diverse fields from visual art, film, poetry and dance media to sound. The performances run from Aug. 17 to Oct. 23 at the MMCA’s Seoul museum at 30 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr
. “Archive of Mind”:
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is hosting artist Kim Soo-ja’s solo show as part of its annual exhibition program sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. The exhibition showcases the latest works by Kim, including site-specific installations, videos, sculptures and photos that explore the body and the mind. The exhibition runs until Feb. 5 at Gallery 5 and the museum’s courtyard. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr
. “Body Flower”:
Australian artist Emma Hack, known for body-painted illusionary artwork, is holding a solo exhibition at Savina Museum of Contemporary Art through Oct. 30. The museum is showcasing 49 photographs the artist created since 2005. The nine different series of photographs are themed with natural elements and reveal painted bodies camouflaged against background images. For more information, visit www.savinamuseum.com
. “Nam June Paik Show”:
Large-scale installations by Nam June Paik, including a few rarely seen in previous exhibitions of Paik’s works, are on display at the commemorative exhibition that celebrates the late artist’s 84th birthday. Highlight pieces of the exhibition, which opened on July 20 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, include large video art installations “Turtle” and “M200,” which consist of many television monitors that each show imposing images created and edited by Paik. The exhibition runs until Oct. 30 at DDP. Tickets range from 5,000 won for children to 15,000 won for adults. For more information, visit www.ddp.or.kr
. "Lee Jung-seob":
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is presenting a solo exhibition of Korean art master Lee Jung-seob to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. The exhibition showcases some 200 paintings and 100 pieces of related documents on loan from some 60 museums and collectors, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Divided into major periods of his artistic career from the 1930s to 1940s, the exhibition guides viewers through Lee’s tumultuous personal life and the early modern history of Korea. The Lee Jung-seob exhibition runs until Oct. 3 at the MMCA’s Deoksugung Palace museum. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr
. Pop music
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band perform at a Paris venue in 2011. (Jdontfight/Wikimedia)
“Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band”: Ringo Starr, the drummer of the legendary British rock band The Beatles, will visit Korea for his first concert here on Nov. 5 at the Jamsil Arena in southeastern Seoul at 8 p.m. It is the first time the world-famous British songwriter is performing in Korea in his 54-year music career. The All Starr Band consists of guitarists Steve Lukather, Todd Rungren and Richard Page; drummer Gregg Bissonette, saxophonist Warren Ham and keyboardist Gregg Rolie. Ticket prices range from 77,000 won to 220,000 won. Tickets can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com.
“Gummy Feel the Voice Tour”: Female balladeer Gummy will tour the country from Oct. 1-Nov. 19. The singer, who debuted in 2003 and reaped breakthrough success the next year with “Memory Loss,” has since been known for her powerful vocals and soulful interpretations. Hit songs include “We Should’ve Been Friends,” “If You Come Back to Me” and “Unrequited Love.” Gummy will perform in Ulsan on Sept. 24, in Daegu on Oct. 1, in Changwon on Oct. 22, in Suwon on Nov. 5, in Daejeon on Nov. 11, in Gwangju on Nov. 13 and in Jeonju on Nov. 19. Ticket prices range from 88,000 won to 121,000 won. Tickets can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com.
“Andra Day”: American rhythm and blues artist Andra Day, who was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards, will perform in Korea on Sept. 23 at the Yes 24 Live Hall in Gwangjang-dong, Seoul. The singer-songwriter soul diva is known for songs such as “City Burns” and originally rose to fame through her covers of songs by Eminem, Jessie J, Florence and the Machine and Lionel Richie. Her debut LP “Cheers to the Fall,” which contains a rich blend of doo-wop, jazz, hip-hop and retro, was released here early this year. Tickets are priced at 88,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.yes24.com. For inquiries, call (02) 1544-6399.
“We Are the Hiphop”: Collaborative hip-hop show “We Are the Hiphop,” featuring some of Korea’s trendiest rappers such as Dok2, The Quiett, Mad Clown and San E, will take place from Oct. 1-2 at the Yes24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Also performing are rappers Zion. T, known for his moody hit songs such as “Just,” “Eat,” “Zero Gravity,” “Now Makeup” and “Yanghwa Brdg”; rapper-producer Gray, known for his urbane style in songs like “Day Day” and “Not the Same Person You Used to Know”; and Loco, whose songs include “Hold Me Tight,” “Respect” and “Awesome.” Ticket prices range from 45,000 won to 69,000 won. For reservations, visit ticket.interpark.com.
“Clazziquai Project”: Korean band Clazziquai Project, an experimental group that combines genres such as electronic, acid jazz and house, is holding its first concert in three years at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall. The band will showcase songs from its seventh album, slated for release on Sept. 20. The album comes two years after the group’s last album “Blink.” Comprised of three members DJ Clazzi, Horan and Alex, Clazziquai has released a handful of hit songs such as “Be My Love” and “She Is.” Tickets are priced at 90,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com.
“Ivan Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra”: Budapest Festival Orchestra is returning to Korea for the fourth time in six years. Conducted by Hungarian conductor and composer Ivan Fischer, the ensemble will perform at the Seoul Arts Center on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Accompanied by Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires, the 33-year-old orchestra will present three pieces by Mozart, Chopin and Dvorak. Tickets range from 50,000 won to 250,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 599-5743.
“Julia Fischer Violin Recital”: Critically acclaimed German violinist Julia Fischer will be holding a violin recital at the Seoul Arts Center on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Accompanied by German pianist Martin Helmchen, the program will consist of pieces by Brahms, Schubert and Dvorak. Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 599-5743.
“San Francisco Symphony”: The world-renowned San Francisco Symphony will perform at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. The concert will be conducted by the symphony’s music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who has been lauded by the San Francisco Examiner as “an enthusiastic ambassador for classical music.” The performance will be accompanied by award-winning classical pianist Lim Dong-hyek. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 280,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call 1577-5266.
“Clara-Jumi Kang & Son Yeol-eum”: Critically acclaimed Korean violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and pianist Son Yeol-eum will hold a duo concert presenting Brahms and Schumann pieces at the Seoul Arts Center on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. Born in Germany, Kang is an award-winning violinist who has performed with world-class composers and chamber musicians, including Chung Myung-whun, Gidon Kremer and Jian Wang. Born and raised in Korea, Son first gained international recognition when she was chosen as the soloist for New York Philharmonic’s Asia tour in 2004. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (070) 8879-8485.