What Do Critics Think of KPOP Off-Broadway?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of KPOP Off-Broadway?
 
The now-extended production had completely sold out its engagement when it opened September 22.
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KPOP, the new immersive show from Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theater, and the Woodshed Collective, celebrated its official opening September 22. The high-energy new musical is staged over several floors of the newly built A.R.T/New York Theatres with an 18-person cast.

At the time of opening, the show had already completely sold out its limited Off-Broadway engagement before announcing a two-week extension. KPOP, which takes theatregoers on a backstage tour of a K-pop music factory, will now play through October 21.

Read what critics thought of the world premiere below:

DC Theatre Scene (Jonathan Mandell)

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

New York Magazine / Vulture (Sara Holdren)

Newsday (Barbara Schuler)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Times Square Chronicles (Suzanna Bowling)

In addition to the extension, producers have announced that a limited number of $25 rush tickets will be available during the October 9–21 extension period to audiences under 30 years of age (valid ID required). Rush tickets will be available at the box office 30 minutes prior to curtain for each performance; no advance sales.

KPOP began performances September 6 and was originally scheduled to run through October 7.

The cast is made up of Ashley Park, Jason Tam, Katie Lee Hill, James Seol, Ebony Williams, Amanda Morton, Julia Abueva, Vanessa Kai, Cathy Ang, Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Sun Hye Park, James Saito, David Shih, and John Yi .

Tickets, beginning at $45, can be purchased by visiting ArsNovaNYC.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.

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