REVIEW: "Xcalibur" - A Virtual Telecast From South Korea (with Subtitles)

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

A Panarama of Sword & Scorcery!

Now through July 11th, here’s your chance to experience something you don’t get to see every day: a big, Broadway-style smash musical staged from halfway across the globe.

Chock-full of swashbuckling adventure, memorable songs and intricate costumes, this South Korean two and a half hour Broadway On Demand fairy-tale ride of “Xcalibur” tells the familiar, timeless fable of King Arthur, his beloved Guinevere and the story of the legendary Sword in the Stone.

The musical reinterprets the legend of King Arthur, centering on his leadership and charisma, and his path from being an ordinary man to becoming the renowned British monarch, after pulling the fabled sword Excalibur from a sacred stone.

Produced by EMK Musical Company, the lavish musical “Xcalibur” takes pride in its star-studded line-up. With actors Dokyeom (from the famous South Korean boy band Seventeen), Kim Jun su and Jung Ki yeol alternately playing the role of King Arthur, the result is a full array of raw emotions, elaborate, magical stagings, marvelously realistic sceneries and astonishing period costumes.

Complemented by a cast of 75 actors and a 28-piece orchestra, this blockbuster virtual telecast (with English subtitles) will be unlike any musical you have seen before. It was one of the most highly anticipated theatrical productions of 2019, and still maintains that popularity to this day. The musical, directed by Stephen Rayne, is the latest collaboration between composer Frank Wildhorn and playwright Ivan Menchell, who are the brains behind many hit musicals including "Bonnie and Clyde," "Death Note," and "Mata Hari."

Wildhorn set the music appropriately to a Celtic style, with lyrics written by Robin Lernel, and arrangements and orchestrations by Koen Schoots. The musical premiered on March 15, 2014 at the Theater St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a concept album was released the following month, entering the No. 1 slot on Amazon and iTunes in Germany. South Korea debuted this, the current production of the musical, in 2019.

King Arthur is one of, if not the, most legendary icons of medieval Britain. His popularity has lasted centuries, mostly thanks to the numerous incarnations of his story that pop up time and time again. Indeed, his is one of the most enduring stories of all time. Though his tale is rooted in the fifth and sixth centuries, it has continued to captivate audiences to this very day.