Check out photos of the cast and creative team of Broadway's KPOP celebrate its upcoming opening night. Originally set to open November 20, the musical will open at Circle in the Square Theatre November 27. Previews began October 13.
Bringing the music and world of K-pop and Korean culture to Broadway, KPOP follows the American debut of fictional K-pop music label RBY as a documentary filmmaker captures performances and insights into the label's superstars: solo artist MwE, girl group RTMIS, and boy band F8. As MwE faces personal struggles and members of RTMIS and F8 deal with their own challenges, the filmmaker decides to dig deeper. Will they pull off their American debut?
Luna plays solo artist MwE, while members of girl group RTMIS (pronounced Artemis) is comprised of Min, Kate Mina Lin, BoHyung, Julia Abueva, and Amy Keum. Playing the members of boy band F8 (pronounced fate) are John Yi, Kevin Woo, Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Abraham Lim, James Kho, Jiho Kang, and Zachary Noah Piser. Luna, Min, BoHyung, and Woo all arrive on the Broadway stage with career experience as K-pop musicians.
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 features a book by Kim; 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.
For tickets and more information, visit KPOPBroadway.com.