Comfort women off-broadway musical to open in July in NY

January 29, 2015

An off-Broadway musical dealing with comfort women will open in July for the first time inside Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York.

“Comfort Women: A New Musical” was written and directed by Kim Hyun-jun, an international student from South Korea studying at the City College of New York.

The musical, also scheduled to perform at supper club 54 Below on March 1, is the first-ever Korean-helmed musical to perform at either location.

The team comprises 46 actors from 11 countries, including seven of Japanese descent. Auditions for the musical drew about 700 hopefuls.

Kim, who majors in theater, said he was glad to be able to bring the tearful stories of the so-called comfort women — women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese troops during World War II — onto the stage.

“Comfort Women” follows the story of Geoun, a sex slave who plots an escape with her fellow comfort women in Indonesia.