Jimin Lee

Jimin Lee Hello, I am a university student in South Korea majoring in English language and literature. I study theatre by myself by watching different shows and acquiring information from diverse books. My hobby is writing short reviews about plays and musicals that I have watched. My dream is to be a gateway to those who want to expand their views and are interested in theatre productions that are played in South Korea.


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BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'The Story of Hedwig'BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'The Story of Hedwig'
Posted: Oct. 13, 2019


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BWW Review: FLASHDANCE at Sejong Center For Performing Arts, Take the Leap!BWW Review: FLASHDANCE at Sejong Center For Performing Arts, Take the Leap!
Posted: Jan. 31, 2019


BWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE at Charlotte Theater, The SacrificeBWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE at Charlotte Theater, The Sacrifice
Posted: Feb. 3, 2019


BWW Review: MAYBE HAPPY ENDING  at VIVALDI PARK HALL, DCF DAEMYUNG CULTURE FACTORYBWW Review: MAYBE HAPPY ENDING at VIVALDI PARK HALL, DCF DAEMYUNG CULTURE FACTORY
Posted: Nov. 29, 2018


BWW Review: MIDNIGHT at DCF Daemyung Culture Factory Bldg. 2 Lifeway Hall, 'Knock Knock Knock!'BWW Review: MIDNIGHT at DCF Daemyung Culture Factory Bldg. 2 Lifeway Hall, 'Knock Knock Knock!'
Posted: Dec. 26, 2018


BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, The Grand Story of MontyBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, The Grand Story of Monty
Posted: Jan. 2, 2019


BWW Review: THE PIRATES at Daehangno Dream Art Center Hall 2, 'All Aboard!'BWW Review: THE PIRATES at Daehangno Dream Art Center Hall 2, 'All Aboard!'
Posted: Mar. 25, 2019


BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING at Wooran Theater 2BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING at Wooran Theater 2
Posted: Feb. 19, 2019


BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'The Story of Hedwig'
October 13, 2019

People jumping around, loud rock music blasting, people on stage throwing water onto the audiencea?? From first glance, you would have thought that this was a rock concert, however, you are mistaken! This is no rock concert or any concert at all, it is the curtain call of a musical. One of Korea's most beloved shows, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has come back for a new production with upgraded clothing and new actors joining the company. The captivating Hedwig returned to Korea on August 6th at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater.

BWW Review: BEN-HUR at Blue Square Interpark Hall, 'A Splendid Grandeur!'
August 29, 2019

 In 2017, when BEN-HUR was first introduced to the Korean audience, the response to the a?oenew, innovative, eye-openinga?? show was sensational. Not only did this Korean original musical production have continuous sold-out shows, but it also maintained an average of 98% of audience attendance rate throughout the entire run. The grand ending of their success resulted in receiving three awards, including Best Musical in the 2nd Annual Korea Musical Awards. So, it was no surprise that the show has come back for a second run this year.

BWW Review: THERÈSE RAQUIN at YES 24 STAGE 2, The Tragedy of Those Who Wanted More
July 29, 2019

a?oePutrida?? was the word used in a review of Emile Zola's novel, THERÈSE RAQUIN in the newspaper Le Figaro. When the innovative novel was first published in 1867, readers were shocked at the explicit illustration of adultery and murder, therefore the novel was considered scandalous and leading to the description of being a?oeputrid.a?? However, as the 21st century approached and the novel was adapted into a stage production, THERÈSE RAQUIN began to gain popularity, performed into different productions throughout the world. The play adaption was frequently performed by many theatrical companies and students in South Korea. However, it was in early May that one theatrical company announced that they will perform the first Korean musical production. The all-new musical version of THERÈSE RAQUIN premiered on June 19th at Yes 24 Stage 2.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at Charlotte Theater, 'Get Ready to Rock, South Korea!'
July 22, 2019

"The School of Rock!" as the introduction blared out through the speakers, kids rocking school uniforms holding instruments the size of their bodies ran out to the stage. The familiar tune of "School of Rock (Teacher's Pet)" began to play and I was instantly brought back to my elementary school sixth-grade classroom, the first place I was encountered with the original movie version of SCHOOL OF ROCK. This movie was probably the first movie with rock music that I have ever watched and the whole concept of a band consisted of prestigious young students was fascinating to the 12-year-old me. Therefore watching SCHOOL OF ROCK the Musical was something that I was looking forward to. Luckily, the world tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK stopped by in Korea to perform in three major cities, having its first performance in Seoul on June 7th.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Chungmu Art Center Grand Theater, 'It's EGGS!'
June 24, 2019

The main story of a theatrical performance could be about everything. Whether it is cats signing on stage about a Jellicle Ball or about a phantom lurking around an opera house. But did you ever imagine that somebody would write a musical about eggs? Well, that was the brilliant topic material Nick Bottom had in mind after having a second meeting with a soothsayer. The hilarious story of the Bottom brothers and their attempt to write a masterpiece, the tour team of SOMETHING ROTTEN! had their first show in Korea on June 9th at Chungmu Art Center.

BWW Review: GREASE at D Cube Art Center, 'All New Musical! Newtro GREASE!'
June 12, 2019

Colorful lights began to flash as the orchestra started playing the first note. With a large bang, the led screens began to move upward revealing actors with black leather jackets posing, another bang now there were women with pink jackets. Suddenly, the actors all came out together and began to sing and dance; this is how GREASE the musical started. Returning from a four-year gap, this season's GREASE was beyond comparison with any of the previous productions in that it was an upgraded version, performing at a larger venue with an entirely new cast. The new production of GREASE opened on April 30th at the D Cube Art Center.

BWW Review: KILL ME NOW at Sejong Cultural Center S Theater, 'I Have a Right to Choose...'
May 27, 2019

Love, death, growth, family…There are no exact words to pinpoint what KILL ME NOW is about or how to define the essence of the play. To borrow the words of the company, KILL ME NOW is a story of them who are special but ordinary and a story of us. The play deals with issues that we know are important but hesitant to talk about. Written by Canadian playwright, Brad Fraser, the black comedy KILL ME NOW had the first show of its third Korean production on May 11th at Sejong Cultural Center S Theater.

BWW Review: THE CASTLE at YES 24 STAGE 1, 'Welcome to My Castle!'
May 13, 2019

 One of America's first serial killers, con artist, bigamist, "Beast of Chicago," and "The Murder Hotel," what do these words have in common? They all have an association with the cold-blooded murderer, Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H.H. Holmes. When it was announced that a musical about H.H. Holmes was to premiere on April, the musical gained much attention as many people anticipated the final product. The new musical produced by Double K Film & Theatre Company, known as THE CASTLE sent out their first batch of invitations to the "Murder Hotel" on April 15th.

BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at LG Art Center, 'Welcome back Nora!'
April 29, 2019

One of Henrik Ibsen's most famous works, A DOLL'S HOUSE concluded with Nora closing the door of what she used to consider as home. The most frequently asked question about the ending of A DOLL'S HOUSE is 'what happened to Nora?' Just like many of the readers, playwright Lucas Hnath wondered about the future of Nora and decided to write a sequel with a modern perspective. Having received eight nominations including Best Play at the 71st TONY Awards, A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 had its first performance in Korea on April 10th.

BWW Review: HOPE at Yongkang Hall, Doosan Art Center, 'The Book and Life Never Read Before'
April 1, 2019

In the year 1833, at a small house in Prague, Chezia, a young boy was born. Going by the name, Franz Kafka, this boy soon grew up to become one of the most influential writers in literary history. It was at his deathbed, the genius writer asked his friend to destroy all of his unfinished works. However, Max Brod, his friend refused to do so and worked on publishing them. Later, there was a long trial against whether one of Kafka's manuscripts should be owned by Germany or the Israel Public Library. What many do not know is that there was a certain female deeply related to this trial, Eva Hoffe. Based on this event, HOPE the musical shows a different perspective focusing on what the manuscript meant for this woman.

BWW Review: THE PIRATES at Daehangno Dream Art Center Hall 2, 'All Aboard!'
March 25, 2019

Pirates have always been a common type of villain in various different cultural contents. Starting from the infamous pirate that haunted young children, Captain Hook from Peter Pan to the most iconic pirate of all, Jack Sparrow from the hit movie series, Pirates of the Caribbean, pirates have been portrayed in a certain way with adjectives such as 'vicious' or 'greedy.' However THE PIRATES the musical introduces the audience to think of pirates with adjectives such as 'loving' or 'honest.' Having its first production ever, THE PIRATES had its departure of the darkness on March 10th, announcing the beginning of a new voyage.

BWW Review: THE HELMET VOL 1 at S Theater, Sejong Performing Arts Center
February 25, 2019

Before I start my review, I want to start by asking a simple question, 'When you were 9 years old, what was your dream?' Being the president or the CEO of a company? When we are young, we dream about so many things and expect a future filled with opportunities. However, does it shock you that somewhere far away in a city called Aleppo, a nine-year-old child's most desperate dream is to be an adult? Not riches, honor, or happiness, simply just to be an adult. An amazingly talented writer in South Korea decided to write a story of two different cities that each has its own narrative featuring a white helmet and a dream. With the help of a director, the story was adapted into a one of a kind theatrical performance. THE HELMET VOL 1, a play that had its second production this year, started performances on January 8th ending its journey on February 27th at the S-Theatre of Sejong Performing Arts Center.

BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING at Wooran Theater 2
February 19, 2019

What comes to mind when you hear theatrical performances? The two common types of theatrical performances are plays and musicals. Despite their several differences, both have a common similarity in that they are verbal. Whether it is a heartbreaking solo or a long monologue, the two theatrical performances are filled with verbal content and minimum moments when the actors' mouths are closed. That is why when THE NATURE OF FORGETTING announced its Asia premiere in Korea, an immediate interest grew due to its unique format of being a physical theatrical performance. With positive reviews and a sold out soundtrack, THE NATURE OF FORGETTING had its last performance on the 18th.

BWW Review: JEKYLL AND HYDE at Charlotte Theater, The Sacrifice
February 3, 2019

What would you do when you have a brilliant scientific theory that nobody supports? Would you risk the consequences of losing yourself just for the results? Though this may seem highly unlikeable, one doctor with the name of Dr. Henry Jekyll decided to sacrifice himself to prove his theory. The story of his extraordinary experiment, JEKYLL, AND HYDE the Musical returned to Korea for a 7-month long run, lined up with an amazing cast. The first show opened on November 13th at Charlotte Theater and has been receiving many positive reviews with sold-out shows continuously.

BWW Review: FLASHDANCE at Sejong Center For Performing Arts, Take the Leap!
January 31, 2019

"She's a maniac, a maniac, on the floor. And she's dancing like she's never before," as the song echoed throughout the speakers, the audience held their breath as their eyes followed the dynamic movements of the dancer. As the song reached its climax, so did the dancer, who now sat on a chair and with a pull of a handle, water fell on her, enacting the iconic scene of FLASHDANCE. After receiving much love and attention at the 2018 DIMF(Daegu International Musical Festival), FLASHDANCE came back for its first tour in Korea. Starting from the first performance in Seoul on January 18, the company would be performing in 5 different cities throughout Korea until March 24th.

BWW Review: THE STORY OF MY LIFE at BAEKAM ART HALL, 'The Butterfly Effect'
January 11, 2019

"They say that every time, this butterfly flaps. It causes a tiny ripple in the air that can spread out and grow and change wind currents and weather patterns. They call it the butterfly effect." 14-year-old Alvin Kelby mentioned to his friend Thomas Weaver, as he pointed to the beautiful blue butterfly. Meanwhile, Thomas looked at his friend with a questioning face and said "It's a bug. A stupid, squishable bug." The lifelong friendship of these two opposites, Alvin Kelby and Thomas Weaver is the backbone of the musical, THE STORY OF MY LIFE. Bringing many to tears every production, THE STORY OF MY LIFE had its opening show for the 5th production on November 27th.

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, The Grand Story of Monty
January 2, 2019

What would you do to live the luxurious life that was meant to be yours? How about purposely not helping a man who is on the verge of falling from a very steep chapel? Or how about replacing a fake gun prop of a play with a real gun? The story of how Monty Navarro creatively and swiftly gets rid of his relatives in order to achieve the "rags to riches" dream is not only extremely comedic but creative. The winner of Best Musical of the 68th Tony Awards, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER had its first Asian production at Hongik University Daehangno Art Center Grand Theater located in Seoul, Korea on November 9th and has enchanted the audience ever since.

BWW Review: MIDNIGHT at DCF Daemyung Culture Factory Bldg. 2 Lifeway Hall, 'Knock Knock Knock!'
December 26, 2018

When it was officially announced that MIDNIGHT the musical was coming back for its second performance in South Korea, many were excited. The show was advertised that it had an "update" I had the opportunity to see the updated version of the show and it was something that I had not expected at all.

BWW Review: RIMBAUD at Daehangno TOM Theater Hall 1
December 1, 2018

"Genius is the recovery of childhood at will," this is a famous quote by Rimbaud, the mischievous genius French Poet. A prodigy of literature, he later fled from his home to Paris, spending some time with Paul Verlaine. The story of Rimbaud's life has been made into an original musical, having its first performance on October 23rd and it has so far led many audience members enchanted into the story of the young poet's life.

BWW Review: MAYBE HAPPY ENDING at VIVALDI PARK HALL, DCF DAEMYUNG CULTURE FACTORY
November 29, 2018

A yellow flower pot and a mason jar with a single firefly, when hearing the title of a particular musical, MAYBE HAPPY ENDING, these are the two images that pop up in my mind. When first performed in 2016, the musical was not only awarded with various prizes but set an amazing ticket sales and attendance record like no other musical. The heart touching story of Olivier and Claire has returned for its third production in Korea.



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