Martial-arts comedy seen in Seoul, London
Korean martial-arts comedy “Jump” lands Off Broadway this fall, beginning previews in late September at the Union Square Theater.
Live comic actioner has been seen in cities that include Seoul (where it is still running), London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Produced by CAMI Ventures, the Gotham edition is the first in a planned expansion of the property in North and South America.
“Jump,” created by Korea’s Yegam Theater Company, follows an extended Korean family of martial-arts experts whose affectionate pummeling of each other is interrupted by two bumbling burglars. Performed without wires, the action takes place on a set that replicates a traditional Korean home.
With its focus on rousing spectacle, the mostly language-free “Jump” resembles other nontraditional legit productions that have found longevity Off Broadway, including current downtown stalwarts “Blue Man Group” and “Stomp.”
At the Union Square, the wordless Russian clown act “Slava’s Snowshow” ran for more than two years. But the venue’s most recent spectacle, the percussion showcase “Be,” lasted only about four months, closing July 1.
“We purposefully chose the Union Square because of the hipness of the show,” said Mark Maluso, prexy of CAMI Ventures. “It’s got sort of a Tarantino feel to it that we think will do well with the young NYU crowd.” He also expects the bloodless comedy to appeal to families and tourists.
Maluso did not specify the production’s capitalization but said it was less than $2 million, with a weekly potential of $231,000 in the 499-seat Union Square. Show will run 90 minutes.
Aim is to begin branding the property in New York before sending out a second production on the road. Plans for South America incarnations are afoot as well.
“Jump” begins its open-ended run at the Union Square Sept. 25 for an Oct. 7 opening.