Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press

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This spring, Jump, the internationally-renowned live-action martial arts comedy created by Yegam, Inc. Productions, comes to New York in a new production featuring new music, new plot twists and a new cast of hilarious martial artists. Presented by Show & Arts USA, LLC., Jump, begins performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages on Wednesday, May 11. Opening night is Thursday, June 23.

Seen by over 3 million people worldwide, this gravity-defying, internationally acclaimed show combines comedy, martial arts, acrobatics and butt-kicking, live-action shenanigans. It's the story of one, very unusual family and all the mishaps and misadventures that ensue.

Directed by Jun-Sang Lee, the new production of Jump features Seok-Hoon Gu, Yeop Heo, Yun-Gab Hong, Hun-Young Jo, Eun-Jin Jung, Dong-Kyun Kim, Myoung-Sub Kim, Ju-Hee Lee, Gi-Heon Paek, Yeon-Jeong Park, Sang-Rok Seo, and Jung-Hoon Shin. Jump features a scenic design is by Mi-Ran Park; lighting design by Sun-Ju Jung; sound design by Ju-Hwan Eum; costumes design by Dolsilnai, Inc.; original music composed by Wook-Hyun Lee; and martial arts choreography by Gye-Hwan Park. Chul-Ki Choi is the artistic director and Won-Kil Paek is the comedy director.

Jump begins performances Wednesday, May 11 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Opening night is Thursday, June 23. Performances are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. Via subway, take the 1/C/E trains to 50th Street. Tickets are $48-$65 (+$1.50 facility fee). A limited number of premium seats are available at each performance. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, 212-239-6200.

Originally conceived in 1999, Jump (originally titled Crazy Family) premiered at the National Theatre in Seoul in August 2002. Over two years, the show continued to develop through six different scripts and acrobatics training under the guidance of a Women's National Gymnastics team coach. In April 2003, the show was renamed Jump and performed at various theatres throughout Korea. The show continues to play at the Jump Theatre in Seoul, where it opened in September 2006, and in Busan, where it opened in May 2008.

Since 2005, the show has toured internationally to festivals and venues including the Israel Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (sold-out performances in 2005 and 2006) and in various countries including England (Peacock Theatre), Spain, Greece, Russia, South Africa, Bahrain, India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Bangkok, Malaysia, Laos and more. In 2007 - 2008, Jump played an exclusive one-year run at New York's Union Square Theatre. Recently, Jump toured 13 cities in China, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia and more. This spring Jump opened in Jeju Island in Korea prior to an Off-Broadway return at New World Stages in May.

The recipient of numerous international prizes, Jump won the 2006 ‘Comedy Award' at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the ‘Grand Prize for Drama and Musical' from the Korean National Assembly, and was featured in ‘The Royal Variety Performance' shown on BBC TV in December 2006. In 2007, the Korean International Trade Association gave a special citation to Jump for its outstanding international, commercial performance. In 2008, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism award Jump the prize as ‘The Best Performing Arts of Korea.'

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
William Mead during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Cara Han during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Gi-Heon Paek during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Gi-Heon Paek during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Gi-Heon Paek during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jump cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Myoung-Sub Kim during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Myoung-Sub Kimand Eun-Jin Jung during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Myoung-Sub Kim during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Seok-Hoon Gu during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Hun-Young Jo during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Hun-Young Jo during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Hun-Young Jo during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Hun-Young Jo during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Ju-Hee Lee during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yeop Heo during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yeop Heo and Yung-Gab Hong during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Seok-Hoon Gu and Yung-Gab Hong during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP Cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP Cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP Cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP Cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Eun-Jin Jung and Ju-Hee Lee during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Eun-Jin Jung and Ju-Hee Lee during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP Cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yung-Gab Hong during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yeop Heo and Yung-Gab Hong during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation JUMP at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yeop Heo and Seok-Hoon Gu during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Yeop Heo and Seok-Hoon Gu during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Seok-Hoon Gu during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Ju-Hee Lee during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Jung-Hoo Shin during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
JUMP cast during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press
Company of JUMP during the Press Preview of The Martial Arts Comedy Sensation 'JUMP' at the World Stages Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: JUMP Meets the Press



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