KPOP definitely pops off the stage. No one could accuse this show celebrating Korean pop music of skimping when it comes to fervent flash and electrifying oomph. The production makes amazing use of Circle in the Square’s thrust stage and boasts enough dazzle and energy to power up two Broadway shows. On the other hand, KPOP, written by Jason Kim and directed by Teddy Bergman, has scarcely enough compelling substance to sustain its own first act. The plot retraces numerous behind-the-scenes tales...
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KPOP on Broadway Information
The global phenomenon of K-pop is now taking over Broadway with a new musical. Tickets to KPOP on Broadway are on sale now. Get KPOP tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
What is KPOP on Broadway about?
The KPOP musical takes audiences behind the scenes of the competitive, energetic, high-stakes Korean pop music industry, and the talent, ambition, and commercial interests that drive it in equal measure. The show centers on a K-pop singer dealing with an inner struggle that could bring down a major K-pop music label and rock the industry. She's dealing with this, though, on the day of a special American concert featuring some of K-pop's biggest stars, who are all trying to make it big stateside. Amid the drama, you can expect plenty of high-octane, joyous, and catchy music and choreography that will have you grooving along.
The characters in KPOP on Broadway may be fictional, but they're played by real-life K-pop stars. The lead role is originated by Luna, a member of the K-pop group f(x) who also has a solo career as a singer and Korean musical theatre actress. Kevin Woo of U-KISS, Min-Young Lee of Miss A, and Bohyung Kim of Spica are also part of the original KPOP Broadway cast.
The world premiere of KPOP was at Ars Nova in 2017, starring Mean Girls's Ashley Park and Be More Chill's Jason Tam. That production, co-produced by Ars Nova and Ma-Yi Theater Company and conceived by Woodshed Collective, was immersive. Audiences played the part of "focus groups" brought in by a K-pop agent wanting to know how to make K-pop and its stars appealing to an American audience. The audience went through two floors' worth of rooms set to look like rehearsal spaces, recording studios, and finally a theatre where the stars put on their finished performance. In between, audiences also saw them deal with perfectionist pressure, gaining fame and likability at the expense of tireless work and distancing themselves from aspects of their ethnicity.
The Broadway production, taking place in the more traditional Circle in the Square Theatre, has changed in terms of setup and scope; that is, the show is no longer immersive, and the plot has changed slightly. But the show's themes remain the same, and with the Off-Broadway writing team and Woodshed Collective still on hand, KPOP on Broadway still promises to be a multimedia spectacle that combines live music and dancing with video projections and more to transport audiences into the concert world, and also still dives deep into the dark underbelly of the industry.
Before the premiere of KPOP in New York, this new version of the musical was slated to launch a pre-Broadway run at Signature Theatre in Washington D.C. in December 2021. This run was canceled amid the pandemic, so the show opened directly on Broadway.
What is KPOP on Broadway?
KPOP on Broadway is a high-energy, high-fun spectacle that combines the infectious music and dance of a K-pop concert with the drama of a documentary about what goes on behind the scenes of one of music's biggest phenomenons. Avid K-pop fans and those unfamiliar alike will enjoy KPOP.
Tickets to KPOP are available now.
2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
October 13th, 2022
Musicals, Opening Soon
April 16th, 2023
Circle in the Square Theatre
Cast and creative
By: Jason Kim
Songs by: Helen Park and Max Vernon
Director: Teddy Bergman
Choreography: Jennifer Weber
Cast list: Luna (as MwE), BoHyung (as Tiny), Min (as Riya), Kevin Woo (as Jun Hyuk), Eddy Lee (as Sky), Julia Abueva (as Sonoma), Major Curda (as Camera Operator), Jinwoo Jung (as Juny), Jiho Kang (as Lex), Amy Keum (as Ivy), James Kho (as Wooyeon), Jully Lee (as Ruby), Abraham Lim (as Jae Ik), Kate Mina Lin (as Miyeon), Aubie Merrylees (as Harry), John Yi (as Danny), Joshua Lee (as Timmy X), Zachary Noah Piser (as Brad
Lighting: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound: Peter Hylenski
Design: Gabriel Hainer Evansohn
Costume: Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi
Other info: Music direction by Sujin Kim-Ramsey, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Mia M. Neal, makeup design by Joe Dulude II
Latest KPOP on Broadway News & Features
If you’re a fan of Korean-born pop groups such as BTS or Blackpink, then KPOP on Broadway is a must-see musical this season. The show is set in the ultra-competitive world of the Korean pop music industry, centering on fictional K-pop stars performing their first concert in America in the hopes of earning global fame. The pressure to succeed is on, and the characters' struggles reflects the actual career journeys — highs and lows — of real-life K-pop artists, as the music genre has recently...
In recent years, Korean pop stars have become just as universally recognizable as Hollywood stars. Groups like BTS and Blackpink have amassed worldwide followings and awards recognition. So it's no wonder that, as American pop music has come to Broadway, K-pop would soon follow. In the KPOP Broadway musical, music and theatre stars play fictional K-pop artists preparing for their first American concert, and the stakes are high to get it right and propel them to international fame. You won't hear...
The KPOP Broadway musical will offer multiple types of rush and lottery tickets for its Broadway run, beginning with its first performance tonight. The show plays the Circle in the Square Theatre. KPOP has a digital rush for $35 tickets on the TodayTix app. Users can download the app and "unlock" the rush program by posting about it on social media. Rush tickets will then be made available at 9 a.m. each day for that afternoon and/or evening's performance, on a first-come, first-served basis....
Meet the K-ast! The Broadway musical KPOP has set its full cast, joining the previously announced Luna, of the K-pop group f(x), in the lead role of MwE.Besides Luna, three other previously announced members of the KPOP cast are K-pop stars: BoHyung, formerly of the group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO; Min, formerly of the group Miss A; and Kevin Woo, formerly of the group U-KISS. All three are also solo K-pop artists.The rest of the previously announced cast includes Julia Abueva, Major...
KPOP has announced its full Broadway cast, joining the previously announced K-pop star Luna in the leading role. The show will begin performances this fall, playing its first show October 13 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.The cast also includes Julia Abueva, Will Brill, Major Curda, Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Bo Hyung Kim, Eddy Lee, Jully Lee, Min Young Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, Kevin Woo, and John Yi....