Two-man Broadway musical to hit stage
By Chung Ah-young
With his new and lucrative appetite for musicals, Shin Chun-soo, producer and president of the OD Musical Company renowned for his latest success with the Korean-American co-production of "Dreamgirls" is returning with his Broadway debut musical "The Story of My Life" in Seoul next month.
Shin will team up with top actors Ryu Jung-han, Lee Seok-jun, Shin Sung-rok and Lee Chang-yong, this time as a director.
"The Story of My Life" was first staged in Canada in 2006 and appeared on Broadway in March 2009 after playing trial runs in New York in 2007 and 2008.
Shin collaborated with American producers for the Broadway production.
Now the musical is making its way to Korea for the first time under the directorship of Shin.
The show is set on a simple stage only with just two actors, which is different from the current trend in the Korean musical industry which depends on extravagant spectacles and high-tech devices. Instead, the production puts more emphasis on the lyrical melodies and the storyline revolving around the two men who share a friendship but make different choices in diverse situations at a turning points in their lives.
Ryu and Shin will play Thomas while Lee Seok-jun and Lee Chang-yong will take the role of Alvin.
The story begins with Alvin's funeral. Thomas and Alvin were best friends in their youth in a small town. But Thomas leaves town seeking success in New York while Alvin stays and runs a small bookstore. Their different lives see them drift apart as they age. At the funeral, Thomas suddenly looks back on his life and friendship.
Shin runs one of the leading production companies in Korea and has brought "Grease," "My Fair Lady," "Man of La Mancha," "Jekyll & Hyde," and "All Shook Up" to the stage, receiving several major musical awards. After he produced "Dreamgirls" in Seoul, he will be involved in its current U.S. tour until it hits Broadway in March next year.
"The Story of My Life," written by Brian Hill and composed by Neil Bartram will be on stage from July 13 to Sept. 19 at Dongsoong Art Center in central Seoul.
Tickets cost 40,000 to 60,000 won. For more information, call 1588-5212.