Seoul Is Moving To A Broadway Beat

In South Korea, the popularity of musical theater is growing astronomically, even if many of the productions are Korean takes on foreign shows. “The size of the performing arts industry is estimated at 170 billion won, out of which musicals alone account for almost half (80 billion). Total audience numbers at musical dramas during the last year reached 700,000, almost double the 370,000 musical-goers in 2001. The musical industry is recording an average 15 percent annual growth, but experts expect even greater growth in this year.”