Jump Unexpectedly Ends Off-Broadway Run

News   Jump Unexpectedly Ends Off-Broadway Run
The Korean martial arts spectacle Jump, which officially opened at Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre Oct. 7, 2007, ended its run Sunday, July 20 without any advance warning.
The Korean production of Jump.
The Korean production of Jump. Photo by Yegam, Inc.

The show's producers, CAMI Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Columbia Artists Management, Inc., announced July 22 that the production ended its run following 15 previews and 329 regular performances. In a statement Mark Maluso, president of CAMI Ventures, LLC said, "Jump has entertained audiences in New York for nearly ten months with its unique brand of physical humor. We greatly look forward to bringing Jump to other cities in North America in the coming months."

The 90-minute import promised audiences "the kind of action you'd see in Jackie Chan and Matrix movies," only live on stage, without the use of wires and special effects.

The story centered on a Korean family, including such characters as a drunken uncle and crotchety grandfather, who, according to production 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."

Created by Yegam Theatre Company (Producer, Kyung-Hun Kim/artistic director, Chul-Ki Choi), Jump has underwent a bit of fine-tuning for Western audiences. David Ottone was brought in to clarify moments and adapt culture specific references for broader audience appeal, while expanding some of the martial-arts fight scenes.

The New York creative team for Jump included 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).

For more information visit www.jumpnewyorkcity.com.

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