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'The Phantom of the Opera' isn't in Broadway, but it is in Korea
From left, CEO and producer of the local musical production company S&CO Danny Sihn, associate director of the musical's international tour production Rainer Fried and associate choreographer Denny Berry meet with the press on Monday at The Westin Josun Hotel in Jung District, central Seoul, to discuss the new production, the show’s enduring power and Korea’s unique relationship with it. [YONHAP]
Poster for the upcoming production of "Phantom of the Opera" [S&CO]
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Korean production of 'The Phantom of the Opera' to return after 13 years
Published : Jan. 9, 2023 - 16:09
The Korean production of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” is returning for the first time in 13 years.
The third Korean-language revival after the 2001 and 2009 runs, the latest production is set to premiere in Busan and will feature headlining actor Cho Seung-woo, musical actor Jeon Dong-suk and baritone Julian Kim as the Phantom. Sohn Ji-soo and Song Eun-hye will take the role of Christine.
The Busan performances will kick off at Dream Theatre, a venue dedicated to musicals, on March 30 after a preview from March 25 to 29.
After wrapping up in Korea's second-largest city on June 18, "The Phantom of the Opera” will take the stage in Seoul from July 14 to Nov. 17, with musical actor Choi Jae-rim also joining the cast as the Phantom.
The main cast members are performing in "The Phantom of the Opera” for the first time.
“I'm really happy that it came at a time I was ready to take on the role, which is a dream role for a musical actor,” Choi said.
Cho, who is performing in a new musical for the first time in eight years, said he was honored to join the production.
"I've been on stage for more than 20 years but it is hard to tell when I might be able to perform Phantom again (in the future). This is truly a precious opportunity and I will do my best," said Cho.
It was not possible to stage the musical, one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and at West End, sooner in Korea because of the scale and production costs, an official at the production company S&CO said.
“For this production, we will replicate the originality of the musical,” the official said.
The first production in 2001 in Korea generated 19.2 billion won ($15.4 million) in ticket sales with an audience of about 240,000 for 244 performances. At the time, Korea’s musical industry was worth about 3 billion won, and it was a huge commercial success that highlighted the potential of the musical market.
In 2005, the original team visiting Korea attracted 195,000 people and the 2009 local production was watched by some 300,000 people.
By the time the international tour with the original team had ended its run in 2013, the number of audience members in Korea that had attended either a local or international production hit 1 million, a barometer of success for a musical in Korea.
Marking 35 years on Broadway, “The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running musical in Broadway's history, will be staged for the last time on April 16 at the Majestic Theatre. The flagship London production will continue.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical, based on the 1910 French novel by Gaston Leroux, opened in the West End in 1986 before making its Broadway debut in 1988.
The musical won numerous awards including the Olivier Award for Musical of the Year in 1986 and the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1988. It has since inspired the 2004 Joel Schumacher film adaptation starring Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson and Minnie Driver.
This year, the 75th anniversary of Webber’s birth, the first Mandarin-language version of the show will open in Shanghai in May.
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S.Korean actor Cho Seung-woo of 'The Phantom of the Opera' "Nervous and excited to be part of the production, I will do my best"
SEOUL December 28 (Yonhap) -- “The Phantom of the opera came to me as a gift when I was in need of something new to kick off my career as an actor,” addressed actor Cho Seung-woo on Tuesday. “When being on stage I felt the hankering of something new and wanted to re organize everything,” adding “I will cherish this opportunity and work very hard.” Stated actor Cho Seung-woo during the interview conducted with the production company SNCO Korea for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” South Korean version of the musical “The Phantom of the opera” which will kick off on March of 2023, in 13 years since it was last performed in South Korea, actor Cho Seung-woo will act out the protagonist the Opera Ghost, “Erik.” “I have been on stage as a musical actor for over 20 years and when will I be able to act as the opera ghost wearing the mask again,” adding “Participating in the production gave me time to re think of my motivation and goal as an actor, therefore I feel nervous, and excited at the same time.” addressed Cho Seung-woo throughout his interview. Moreover, actor stated “I have never thought I would receive a role as the Opera Ghost,” adding “I would like to revisit the memory of a big impact the novel and the actor Michael Croft’s OST of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has provided me when I was young.” Alongside Cho Seung-woo, South Korean actor Choi Jae-rim known for his role in “Aida,” “Kinky Boots,” and more, Kim Joo-taek a baritone singer, and veteran musical actor Jeon Dong-seok has been casted for the production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” For the role of “Christine Daae” a muse of the protagonist “Erik” actress Son Ji-soo, Song Eun-hye were casted and for the role of “Vicomte Raoul” actor Song Won-geun, and Hwang Gun-ha has been casted. “The Phantom of the Opera” is considered to be one of the most highly awaited production which will take the stage in 2023. The fact that the musical has returned to South Korean stage in 13 years have drawn the interest of audiences. “The Phantom of the Opera” is a steady seller written by Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical “The Phantom of the Opera” is known for its great OTS, such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Think of Me,” “All I ask You” and many more. In South Korea the musical was performed in Korean only twice, once in 2001 and later in 2009, and other shows were provided by foreign casts. “The Phantom of the Opera” will kick off on March 30 until June 18 at Busan Dream Theater, and on July 14 it will kick off in Charlotte Theater in Seoul.
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo)
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The official audio of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera by the 2009 Korean Cast.
The Phantom of the Opera, produced by leading theatre production company Seol & Company, debuted in Seoul in 2001. After an eight-year hiatus, the show returned to the Charlotte Theater on 23rd September 2009. The album was released that November with a cast including: Yoon Young-Seok / Yang Jun-Mo (Phantom) Kim So-Hyun / Choi Hyun-Joo (Christine Daaé) Hong Kwang-Ho / Jung Sang-Yun (Vicomte Raoul de Chagny)
Track Listing: 00:00 Prologue | 프롤로그 00:50 Overture 1 | 서곡 1 03:00 Hannibal | 한니발 05:17 Think Of Me | 생각해 줘요 08:43 The Mirror | 거울 10:23 The Phantom Of The Opera | 오페라의 유령 14:42 The Music Of The Night | 그 밤의 노래 20:34 Prima Donna | 프리마돈나 23:41 All I Ask Of You | 바램은 그것 뿐 27:44 Entr’Acte | 서곡 2 30:12 Masquerade | 가장 무도회 35:39 The Phantom Of The Opera (Reprise) | 오페라의 유령 Reprise 37:01 Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again | 다시 돌아와 주신다면 40:45 The Point Of No Return | 돌아갈 수 없는 길 46:48 The Phantom’s Lair | 마지막 은신처
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—— Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.
The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles, and there have been dozens of productions worldwide since then. The Phantom of the Opera continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 11,000 performances and is the longest running show in Broadway history.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.
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