The show that fires up Seoul’s modern theater is now in Manila! COOKIN’ NANTA will be playing for a limited season at the Theatre at Solaire from November 10 to 15, 2015.
Unlike traditional performances, NANTA is perfomed with sounds and movements, instead of dialogues. Language barriers are suspended, allowing this production to move across other cultures and break through global market. “Samulnori”, the traditional rhythm and beats of Korea, is globally acknowledged for its uniqueness. NANTA combines tradition with modern music to create a unique but familiar sound to the international audience. NANTA stands out from other non-verbal performances by combining a storyline with various comical scenes in a kitchen. By adhering to its storyline, NANTA manages to excite the audience without using any verbal scripts.
NANTA opens with three cooks—KO CHANG HWAN who plays Head Chef, JEONG BO RAM who plays Hot Sauce, and CHANG KYOUNG SOO who plays Sexy Guy—about to start their day. As they go through the preparations of their kitchen work, The Manager, HWANG YO HAN, shows up and barrages them with menus in preparation for an unplanned wedding party! On top of this surprise, he brings his reckless troublemaker Nephew, played by NAM DONG HOON, with him and demands the cooks to teach him how to cook. With only one hour left before the party, will they complete the preparation in time?
To date, NANTA has been performed 31,580 times, drawing a total of 10,153,999 audiences (85% of the audience is tourists from Japan, China, Southeast Asia, America, etc.). The total vegetable consumption is approximately 315,800 cucumbers, 126,320 onions, 315,800 carrots, and 221,060 cabbages. The total knife and cutting board consumption: approximately 18,975 knives and 2,070 cutting boards.
Many non-verbal performances are considered dull due to the repetitive rhythms and beats and lack of excitement. NANTA overcomes this drawback by combining a storyline with various comical scenes in a kitchen. By adhering to its storyline, NANTA manages to excite the audience without using any verbal scripts. Unlike other performances in which the audience just simply watch the performance, all of the audience can participate in the show. Spectators can become the bride and groom in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, compete in a dumpling challenge, and interact with the performers to make a unified rhythm. The audience participation doubles up the fun. This is a unique but charming point, which only belongs to NANTA.
NANTA became the first Asian musical to debut on Broadway in September 2003 at the NEW VICTORY THEATRE on 45nd Ave., New York. Just 6 months after its Broadway debut, NANTA became the first Asian musical to be staged as a regular show, appearing at the MINETTA LANE THEATRE taking rank with all the famous worldwide performances.
NANTA on Broadway ended its run on August 7, 2005 after one and half years. This productive and edifying experience served as a launching pad for the show’s worldwide success. After that, NANTA toured in more than 250 countries, and NANTA continues to touch the hearts of the audience all over the world.
By celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gangbuk NANTA Theatre in 2010, NANTA has not only become a “mecca” for Koreans, but has become a “must-see” for foreign tourists as well. It is the only performance in Korea that possesses 4 exclusive theatres.
The Manila season of COOKIN’ NANTA opens on November 10, 2015. Tickets are on sale through TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. For group bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org. BDO Cardholders get 10% off on tickets until November 9, 2015!
SOURCE: Concertus Manila