Korean Martial Arts Hit Jump Will Open Off-Broadway in September

News   Korean Martial Arts Hit Jump Will Open Off-Broadway in September The international sensation Jump is slated to make its Off-Broadway bow in September at the Union Square Theatre.
The Korean production of Jump.
The Korean production of Jump.

The production, created by Korea's Yegam Theater Company, will bring the martial arts comedy to American audiences after successful productions in Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Macao, Malaysia, Madrid, Osaka, Isreal, London and Edinburgh.

Jump proved so successful in its 2003 Seoul debut that the production continues to play a sold-out run in downtown Seoul in a theatre built specifically to house the production.

The 90-minute martial arts-based spectacle centers on a Korean family, including such characters as a drunken uncle and crotchety grandfather, who, according to press notes, "enjoy nothing more than challenging the rest of the family to martial arts showdowns. When two burglars break into the house occupied by three generations of highly trained martial artists, the family turns their expertise on the unexpected guests. The hyperactive sitcom that ensues is the ideal forum for this troupe to show off their extensive training in martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics and comic acting."

Jump is similar in vein to Off-Broadway productions like Stomp, Slava's Snowshow and Blue Man Group in that the visual and physical elements of the production are used to tell the story rather than relying on language. Some have described the highly physical, family-friendly production as "Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin."

Created by Yegam Theatre Company (Producer, Kyung-Hun Kim/Artistic Director, Chul-Ki Choi), Jump has undergone a bit of fine-tuning for Western audiences. David Ottone was brought in to clarify moments and adapt culture specific reference for broader audience appeal, while expanding some of the martial-arts fight scenes. The New York creative team for Jump includes Tae-Young Kim (scenic design), DOLSILNAI, INC. (costumes), Jong-Wah Park, Sung-Bin Lim (lighting), Dong-June Lee (music), Gye-Hwan Park (martial arts choreography) and Pan Company (make-up design).

Jump will begin performances at the Union Square Theatre Sept. 25, with plans for productions in South America and a separate touring production shortly thereafter. In addition, productions of Jump are underway in Russia, China, Malaysia and Australia.

Tickets for the Off-Broadway production of Jump go on sale Aug. 1, and will be available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100.

For more information visit www.jumpnewyorkcity.com.

The Korean production of <i>Jump</i>.
The Korean production of Jump.
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