The musical my coworkers and I went to was the Acoustic Musical 바람이 불어오는 곳 at 예그린 씨어터 (theater ye-green). It’s about the life of Kim Kwang-seok, a folk rock singer song-writer and activist.
The theater we went to was small, a bit underground and easily packed with people to watch the show. The front row had a danger zone as the performers broke the 4th wall to include or scare one of the people in the front row. (They made up for the teasing by giving gifts at the end of the show to the young gentleman). 바람이 불어오는 곳 is 130 minutes without an intermission which can feel long in the uncomfortable seats. Our seats were good, I was in the 4th row and even though the whole musical was in Korean (minus a few words or random phrases of English) and not knowing what we were going to see before or anything about the musician it was still easy to keep up with the story.
The musical seemed to mostly be about Kim Kwang-seok’s time with his band Dongmulwon and of course romantic plot lines. The music was good and there was plenty of comedy that even I caught.
For a small stage and even smaller cast the performers (5, 4 band members and one man who played all extra characters) filled that theater with music that had everyone clapping along and everyone but myself, singing along to. From what I could tell they didn’t continue all the way through Kim Kwang-seok’s short life which ended with suicide in the mid 90’s and instead opted for a miniature concert, rushing out as the crowd yelled “encore”and performed the popular favorite songs of the crowd.
The acoustic musical 바람이 불어오는 곳 runs until the 10th of January.