KPOP on Broadway Tickets
KPOP on Broadway Information
The global phenomenon of K-pop is now taking over Broadway with a new musical. Check back for information on tickets to KPOP on Broadway. KPOP tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.
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 one-night-only concert featuring some of K-pop's biggest stars. 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' 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 was taken 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 likely changed in terms of setup and scope; that is, become less immersive. 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 dive deep into the dark underbelly of the industry.
Before the premiere of KPOP in New York, the musical was slated to have a pre-Broadway run at Signature Theatre in Washington D.C from December 2021. This run was canceled amid the pandemic, so the show is opening directly on Broadway.
Tickets to KPOP will be available soon.
2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
October 13th, 2022
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