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: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol TheaterBWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol Theater
Posted: Nov. 17, 2018


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: RIMBAUD at Daehangno TOM Theater Hall 1BWW Review: RIMBAUD at Daehangno TOM Theater Hall 1
Posted: Dec. 1, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at Sejong Center For Performing ArtsBWW Review: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at Sejong Center For Performing Arts
Posted: Jul. 25, 2018


BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Blue Square Interpark Hall-  Let's get KINKY Seoul!BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Blue Square Interpark Hall- Let's get KINKY Seoul!
Posted: Feb. 11, 2018


BWW Review: BARE THE  MUSICAL at Baekam Art Hall-A Truly Soul Touching ShowBWW Review: BARE THE MUSICAL at Baekam Art Hall-A Truly Soul Touching Show
Posted: Feb. 15, 2018


BWW Review: MATILDA at LG Art Center, 'That's Not Right!'BWW Review: MATILDA at LG Art Center, 'That's Not Right!'
Posted: Sep. 23, 2018


BWW Review: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'Don't Dream It, Be It!'BWW Review: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'Don't Dream It, Be It!'
Posted: Aug. 26, 2018


BWW Review: OSLO at Myeongdong Arts TheaterBWW Review: OSLO at Myeongdong Arts Theater
Posted: Oct. 26, 2018


BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol TheaterBWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol Theater
Posted: Nov. 17, 2018


BWW Review: RIMBAUD at Daehangno TOM Theater Hall 1BWW 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 FACTORYBWW 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.

BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol TheaterBWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol Theater
November 17, 2018

"Nora! Nora! Empty. She is gone. The most wonderful thing of all?" With the last words of Helmer, the roof set began to descend, rapidly decreasing the space of the stage. After the lights were turned off and I was completely left in the darkness, thousands of thoughts began to come upon me. 'WowWhat have I just watched?' With that question in my mind, I watched as the actors reappeared on stage to take their bow. The incredible mind-blowing show, A DOLL'S HOUSE plays at Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol Theater until November 25th.

BWW Review: EQUUS at Chungmu Arts Center, Black, 'Equus...Noble Equus'BWW Review: EQUUS at Chungmu Arts Center, Black, 'Equus...Noble Equus'
November 8, 2018

Have you ever felt drawn to a specific animal? It could be a big bear or a small rabbit, but whatever it is, you somehow are magically drawn to it and can't take your eyes off, with emotions exploding inside you? Well, for Alan Strang, horses were the case. The immersive story of Alan with his devoted love for horses, and a psychiatrist who struggles with his own problems as he manages Alan, EQUUS had its first show of 2018 production on August 22nd.

BWW Review: OSLO at Myeongdong Arts TheaterBWW Review: OSLO at Myeongdong Arts Theater
October 26, 2018

Two phones and two people. Tension is all you can feel, in a complete silence, suddenly the phone rings. After checking their watches, they grab the phone with hesitation, "Hello?" With that, the house light dims and the show begins. OSLO, winner of many awards, including the Best Play at the 71st TONY awards had its first non-English performance on October 12th at Myeongdong Arts Theater in Seoul, Korea.

BWW Review: MATILDA at LG Art Center, 'That's Not Right!'BWW Review: MATILDA at LG Art Center, 'That's Not Right!'
September 23, 2018

Do you know what the nickname of September 13 is? It is called the "Roald Dahl Day," a holiday dedicated to the beloved storyteller, Roald Dahl. Out of his amazing books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach, Royal Shakespeare Company had chosen Matilda as its next big musical project. MATILDA was first premiered on West End in 2011, following with a Broadway premiere in 2013. Since then, this show has been produced in several English-speaking countries. However, in 2017, a rumor began to spread that they were having their first non-English speaking country production. Everybody was excited to find out which country took the honor. Finally, in August 16th, 2018, the first non-English speaking production of MATILDA had its first premiere in LG Arts Center of Seoul, South Korea.

BWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS at PMC Daehango Jayu Theater,
'What's Your Big Picture?'BWW Review: ORDINARY DAYS at PMC Daehango Jayu Theater, 'What's Your Big Picture?'
September 15, 2018

"The Big Apple," "The City of Dreams," and "The City That Never Sleeps," is common nicknames associated with this particular city. Do you know which city it is? Ranking 9 place for the 25 most desirable places to live in the U.S.in 2018; New York City is a dream city not only for Americans but for people all over the globe. However, as glamorous as "living in The Big Apple" sounds like, the reality is that life is difficult for everybody. ORDINARY DAYS the musical send us an invitation to visit the lives of four New Yorkers.

BWW Review: DADDY LONG LEGS at Baekam Art Hall, Dear Mr. Daddy Long Legs Smith...BWW Review: DADDY LONG LEGS at Baekam Art Hall, Dear Mr. Daddy Long Legs Smith...
September 5, 2018

In 2017, one of the most popular theatrical magazines in Korea, THE MUSICAL did a poll to pick the top favorite female musical characters performed in Korea. In the top 3, Jerusha Abbott of DADDY LONG LEGS the musical was selected. When seeing the poll, I could immediately agree in why Jerusha is such a beloved character, especially in Korea. Why? Because she is brave, intellectual, and unique. The list of her charms goes on and on. The best way to know this is for you to go and see the wonderful show which has returned for its 3rd production, currently performing in Baekam Art Hall.

BWW Review: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'Don't Dream It, Be It!'BWW Review: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Hongik University Art Center Grand Theater, 'Don't Dream It, Be It!'
August 26, 2018

Something extraordinary, unique, and just altogether hard to express in one word," this is how I felt after seeing THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Last year, when this show had its second run after a long 7-year break, it became a huge sensation in the musical industry. It came back this year, early August to start its third run and everything of it is as unique as it can be. This year's performance is special in that they decided to do something that most Korean musical productions hesitate to do.

BWW Review: THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED at Daehakro Jayu TheaterBWW Review: THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED at Daehakro Jayu Theater
August 20, 2018

Without any specific announcements, the lights are dimmed out, leaving the audience in confusion. Then suddenly, the light turns on stage and one of the actors step out of a window. The minute his foot is almost out of the window frame and audiences begin to wonder if this is really the start of the show, actors appear on the stage. Then, with a big smile, one of the actors say, "Surprise, this is not the start of the show," and begins to talk about each of their role and how this show is an interactive form. Confusion and excitement, those were the two keywords that popped up in my head when just seeing 10 minutes of the play and without any suspicion, I knew with an instinct that this show was going to be phenomenal.

BWW Review: THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X at DCF VIVALDI HALL, What Would You Do For Love?BWW Review: THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X at DCF VIVALDI HALL, What Would You Do For Love?
July 30, 2018

What would you do for love? Name a star after their name or jump off a cliff declaring your love? How about something more intense, something more daring and devoting? Whether you are a love expert or somebody who is in a desperate unreturned love relationship, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X is a musical that will give both chills and tears to your heart.

BWW Review: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at Sejong Center For Performing ArtsBWW Review: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at Sejong Center For Performing Arts
July 25, 2018

What makes a musical have the popularity for more than 10 years? To answer this question, we can simply look at NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in Korea. Based on the novel written by Victor Hugo, NOTRE DAME DE PARIS has been a best-selling musical in Korea for the past few years. Its opening number, 'The Age of the Cathedrals' is a popular audition song and was sung in different media platforms by several popular musical actors. That is why this year's production gained more attention than ever. The grand 10th-anniversary production of NOTRE DAME DE PARIS is currently performing in the Grand Theater of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts until August 5th.

BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN at Blue Square Interpark Hall, The Revenge AwaitsBWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN at Blue Square Interpark Hall, The Revenge Awaits
June 28, 2018

Winner of Best Musical and Best Self- Created Musical in the 8th Annual The Musical Awards, 98% of attendance records in 2016, and 3-week extension of performances due to a high request from audiences. These are all what one musical, FRANKENSTEIN accomplished throughout the past two productions. Not only that, in 2016, the show made a profit of 10 billion won just in 10 weeks after its first show and in 2017 when the show opened in Japan, it was an all sold- out performance for the whole 23 days of its performance period. With accomplishmentslike this, FRANKENSTEIN received the nickname as the "revolutionary musical" of this era. In high demand, FRANKENSTEIN has returned for its third performance.

BWW Review: CHICAGO at D Cube Art Center, '5, 6, 7, 8 !' Welcome back to KoreaBWW Review: CHICAGO at D Cube Art Center, '5, 6, 7, 8 !' Welcome back to Korea
June 26, 2018

"5,6,7,8." With these 4 numbers shouted by the composer, the overture of CHICAGO was played as dancers filled the stage. On May 22, CHICAGO's Korean Production had the first show of its 14th season. This season is meaningful in that it's the 1000th performance in Korea. With original cast members such as Choi Jeongwon and Ivy and new members such as Kim Jiwoo, the show once again managed to show the audiences why CHICAGO is one of Broadway's longest-running shows and why CHICAGO is a must-see piece of work.

BWW Review: SMOKE at DCF LIFEWAY HALL 2, 'Let's Fly One More Time!'BWW Review: SMOKE at DCF LIFEWAY HALL 2, 'Let's Fly One More Time!'
June 2, 2018

'A writer who was ahead of one's time,' 'A misfortunate genius,' are names that are given to one of Korea's greatest writers, Lee Sang. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of his death, last year, Double K Film&Theatre presented a musical entirely about Lee Sang's life and his works. After a successful run last year, the musical, SMOKE came back this year for its second performance with upgraded settings and music.

BWW Review: MAMA DON'T CRY at Art One Theater, An Offer That You Can't RefuseBWW Review: MAMA DON'T CRY at Art One Theater, An Offer That You Can't Refuse
May 20, 2018

When you hear the title, MAMA DON'T CRY, what comes to your mind? Maybe, a heartbreaking family story or a sad song about a child that turns over a new leaf and regrets one's past actions? Whatever that pops up into your mind, MAMA DON'T CRY the musical will surprise you in every aspect. One of Korea's most beloved well-made musicals, MAMA DON'T CRY came back for its 5th performance with a rather big cast, a total of 13 actors in a two-hander.

BWW Review: CAPONE TRILOGY at Hongik University Art Center Small TheaterBWW Review: CAPONE TRILOGY at Hongik University Art Center Small Theater
April 8, 2018

"Welcome to Room 661 of Lexington Hotel," unlike other plays, CAPONE TRILOGY starts with an interesting phrase to grab the audience's attention before starting the show. Not only that, the show dazzles the audience the moment the doors of the theatre opens. The popular play series, CAPONE TRILOGY has once again managed to mesmerize audiences within only a few weeks after opening.

BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT at D Cube Art Center- An Invitation From Billy has Arrived in 7 Years!BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT at D Cube Art Center- An Invitation From Billy has Arrived in 7 Years!
March 15, 2018

It has been 7 years since the last performance of BILLY ELLIOT (Korean production). Ever since that, it has been one of the shows that fans highly requested for a second production. However, there was no news until last year when Seensee Company dropped hints of the return of BILLY ELLIOT. Soon enough, the cast was announced and the Korean audiences were invited to join Billy's journey from November 29th, 2017.

BWW Review: BARE THE  MUSICAL at Baekam Art Hall-A Truly Soul Touching ShowBWW Review: BARE THE MUSICAL at Baekam Art Hall-A Truly Soul Touching Show
February 15, 2018

'Hear my voice, did you really hear me, hear my voice, and you think you know me?' the lyrics of the last song spread throughout the theater, as the audience applauded while the actors took their bow. The theater doors opened and as the audience made their way toward the exit, I could see some people wipe tears from their face, while others were murmuring about how the music was moving. It came to me that once again, BARE: THE MUSICAL has managed to not only 'touch my soul' but the audience's heart.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Blue Square Interpark Hall-  Let's get KINKY Seoul!BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Blue Square Interpark Hall- Let's get KINKY Seoul!
February 11, 2018

Two shiny red boots with a 6inch heel and the message, "You can change the world when you change your mind" are the two things that pop up in my head when hearing the word. KINKY BOOTS. With a successful first premiere in 2014, the show has returned for its third performance in Korea.