Global music sensation K-Pop has officially arrived on Broadway with the new musical KPOP, now playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The production is set to open November 27, but you can get a first look at the musical above.
Starring K-Pop sensation Luna, KPOP follows one solo artist and two music groups as they're brought together for a special one-night-only concert in NYC. The performance comes at a price as the artists risk everything and face personal struggles threatening their entire careers.
Luna, starring as Mwe, is joined by Marina Kondo, Joshua Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Dear Evan Hansen star Zachary Noah Piser, and Hamilton's Eddy Lee, along with Julia Abueva, Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Jully Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, and John Yi. From the K-pop world, Spica and Keembo's BoHyung, Miss A's Min Young Lee, and U-KISS' Kevin Woo also star in the show. KPOP features 19 company members making Broadway debuts.
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.
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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.