With social distancing measures eased, musical lovers are looking forward to lifting their spirits at some mega-hit shows.
Production companies have come up with various ways to deal with the pandemic.
Kim Bo-kyoung rounds up what to watch for.
The song 'Memory' by a cat that used to be glamorous but has fallen on hard times touches listeners' hearts.
A great performance with powerful music lets us forget about these tiring times.
“One of the world's best-known musicals ‘Cats’ has returned to South Korea to mark the 40th anniversary of its debut. The international tour production has found ways to adapt to the pandemic.”
Unlike other productions that are selling tickets with every other seat apart, this show sells tickets in pairs then asks ticket buyers to move seats so they leave a seat between them and the other members of the audience.
This way, once social distancing measures loosen, those who want to attend with their friend or partner won't end up being stuck next to a stranger.
"Also, there are scenes where the actors inevitably need to go across the audience seats. We made make-up masks for them to wear when they pass next to members of the audience."
These efforts allow fans to enjoy the musical without having to worry about the virus.
Another big show worth taking a look at is 'Kinky Boots'.
Based on a true story, it shows how struggling shoe factory owner Charlie teams up with drag queen Lola to make "kinky boots", 80-centimeter high-heeled boots for men.
"At the end of the first act, there's a song titled 'Everybody say Yeah'. Everyone in the factory sings the song in rejoice after finally succeeding in making the Kinky Boots. Another song that might lift people's moods is 'Raise you up'. The lyrics say 'I will be next to you when you are having difficult times.' Such soothing lyrics might give the audience more energy."
As meeting the actors is difficult amid COVID-19, visitors can instead meet their 360-degree AR doppelgangers, who pose for pictures and even dance with fans.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.