Studded with K-pop music singers, KPOP officially opens its Broadway bow at Circle in the Square Theatre November 27. The show moved its original opening date from November 20, having begun performances October 13. To celebrate its run, the multimedia musical kept its red carpet for the November 20 performances ahead of its official press opening. Check out the celebration here.
The Broadway musical follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictional K-pop music label's American debut. As its superstars—solo artist MwE, girl group RTMIS, and boy band F8—perform songs and curated public images for a documentary filmmaker hired by label executive Ruby, the pressures on each of them begin to show. MwE faces personal struggles, members of RTMIS and F8 deal with their own challenges, and the filmmaker decides to dig deeper. Will they pull off their American debut?
Starring real life K-pop artists Luna, BoHyung, Min, and Kevin Woo, joined by Julia Abueva, Amy Keum, Kate Mina Lin, John Yi, Hamilton's Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Abraham Lim, James Kho, Jiho Kang, Dear Evan Hansen's Zachary Noah Piser, Lina Rose Lee, Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jully Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, and Marina Kondo.
Director Teddy Bergman helms the production, which features choreography by Jennifer Weber, music direction by Sujin Kim-Ramsey, scenic design by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, costume design by Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, sound designers Peter Fitzgerald and Andrew Keister, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Mia M. Neal, and makeup designer Suki Tsujimoto. Cherie B. Tay serves as production stage manager, and casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.
Conceived by Jason Kim and the Woodshed Collective, KPOP featuring a book by Kim with music, lyrics, as well as music, lyrics, music production and arrangements by Helen Park, and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. It first opened Off-Broadway for its 2017 world premiere at Ars Nova. Ma-Yi Theater and the Woodshed Collective also contributed to bringing KPOP to the stage, and the musical ultimately took home three Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Musical, the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award, and an Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience.