K-musical gains popularity in Japan

October 28, 2013
The Korean production of the musical “Jack the Ripper” will be performed at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 4-30.

The Korean production of the musical “Jack the Ripper” will be performed at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 4-30.

By Chung Ah-young

The Korean production of the musical “Jack the Ripper,” based on a popular Czech original, is becoming popular in Japan.

The musical will be performed at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 4-30.

Also, the edited video of the musical will be screened at Orix Theater in Osaka, Japan, on Nov. 21 and Nov. 30. Equipped with 2,400 seats, the theater will screen the video four times in response to calls from the Japanese fans living in the region.

For the Yokohama show, Ahn Jae-wook, Um Ki-joon, Sung-min from K-pop group Super Junior, Shin Sung-woo and Jun K from 2PM, will perform.

“Jack the Ripper” which was staged last year in Aoyama Theater in Tokyo, received standing ovations, drawing some 40,000 theater-goers. The musical set the highest record of 81.5 percent seat occupancy among large-scale musicals staged in Japan.

It is originally a Czech musical but was adapted into a Korean rendition after slightly modifying its characters and choreography. Japan chose to present the Korean version instead of the original work.

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