Korean Musical lands in New York!

Written by on August 26, 2011 in Arts, Korea Abroad

* This post is written by MyungJi Chae, one of the Korean Cultural Service in New York’s Cultural Reporters and translate by Karin Yoo.

Musical <Hero> premiers at Lincoln Center 14 years since the musical <The Last Empress>

From the left, actress Lee Sang Eun, Jeong Sung Hwa, and director Yun Ho-jin

From the left, actress Lee Sang Eun, Jeong Sung Hwa, and director Yun Ho-jin

The much anticipated musical <Hero>’s press conference was held on August 1st at the Korean Cultural Service New York. The musical <Hero> was produced in 2009 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Korean independence activist Ahn Junggun, and will be on stage fourteen times from August 23rd to September 3rd at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: David H. Koch Theater.  In heated coverage, the event proceeded with the introduction of the musical, a Q&A session, and a music demonstration. Led by legendary director Yun, the award-winning musical <Hero> has gained much anticipation and attention in New York. The expectation is even more heightened as the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN ambassadors from various countries are expected to view the musical’s first showcase on the 23rd.

From the left, actor Jeong Sung Hwa, director Yun Ho-jin, and General Manager Leonard Soloway

From the left, actor Jeong Sung Hwa, director Yun Ho-jin, and General Manager Leonard Soloway

From the left, General Manager Leonard Soloway, Director of Lincoln Center David H. Koch Theater Mark Heiser, and Stage Director Chuck Giles

From the left, General Manager Leonard Soloway, Director of Lincoln Center David H. Koch Theater Mark Heiser, and Stage Director Chuck Giles

Chuck Giles, the stage director of the musicals <Last Empress> and <Hero>

Chuck Giles, the stage director of the musicals and

“If <The Last Empress> was traditional, <Hero> can be seen as modern,” the show’s director Yun said.

“Although it is difficult to meet a large audience with fourteen musical performances, I am greatly honored to have the opportunity to showcase my musical in New York City. I firmly believe that the musical won’t be disappointing as it is well prepared in various ways,” said Yun.

“I am honored to have worked with <Hero> after another great musical piece the <The Last Empress>. I hope that many English-speaking audiences will come to watch <Hero>”, said the general manager Leonard Soloway who is also an acclaimed producer.

The award winning actor Jeong Sung Hwa who will play the role of Ahn Junggun said, “Everything is like a dream; from first encountering the musical <Hero> in South Korea, winning numerous awards with <Hero>, to coming to New York City to premier it. I hope that the dream of <Hero> succeeding in the States comes true to reality.”

The actress, Lee SangEun, who has been playing the role of the last empress for nine years for the musical <The Last Empress> said that she is honored to greet the opportunity to perform in New York City. She further added that all of the staffs and casts are trying hard to make <Hero> a success.

“I took a part in the <The Last Empress>’s LA performance in 1997 and 1998, and I am greatly honored to have another chance to participate in the musical <Hero>. I highly appreciated the elaborate lighting and performance of the <The Last Empress> but <Hero> is a more promising musical,” said Chuck Giles, the technical director.

Korean Cultural Service New York Director Lee Woo Sung

Korean Cultural Service New York Director Lee Woo Sung

The director of the Korean Cultural Service New York, Lee WooSung, who sponsored the musical <Hero> and held the press conference said that he would like to give thanks to director Yun and the cast who have worked hard to create a great musical piece. “If <The Last Empress> left an impressive imprint in New York City fourteen years ago, I hope that <Hero> can serve as an instrument that would amplify the Korean wave in New York City”, added Lee.

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