No Seoul to sell. Cookin', the first non-verbal theatrical event of the season in the vein of Stomp and Blast!, has canceled its national tour owing to the events of Sept. 11. The show which made its North American debut at Boston's Shubert Theatre Sept. 4 was to play next in Los Angeles Oct. 9-21.
According to press spokesperson Molly Hayden, "at the time of the events in New York, it was decided that the performers return to Seoul." The producing company, PMC Productions, made the decision to cancel the tour and expect the show to return to the United States sometime in the near future. No dates have been set as of yet.
The Korean percussion-meets-culinary comedy which started in Seoul in 1997 — and is still running there — has seen the stage in Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Israel. The premise is four kitchen chefs have only an hour to prepare a meal for a wedding party. To chop down on their preparation time, the foursome use all the utensils possible — and happen to do it in rhythm.
Presented in 90 minutes with no intermission, the production combines elements of music, dance, marital arts, samulnori drumming and slapstick comedy. The show has played to over 500,000 people in Korea and has ran over 1,500 performances worldwide.