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KPOP Summary

  • Show Status: Future
  • Genre: Musical
  • KPOP is 120 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: November 2, 2020
  • Show Opens: December 7, 2020
  • Show Closes: February 15, 2021

Broadway’s first K-Pop musical is an interactive satire of the Korean entertainment world that follows two up-and-coming singing groups

KPOP on Broadway Background

KPOP the musical made its Broadway debut after receiving raving reviews from its first performances at the off-Broadway Ars Nova theatre, located in Hell’s Kitchen New York City. The show performed for the first time in September, 2017 and was created by a number of artists who have little to no experience working on any production for The Great White Way. Even though the production team may lack Broadway exposure, the musical was written by the South Korean film writer and director Jason Kim. Some NYC based theatre companies, the Woodshed Collective and the Ma-Yi Theater Company helped out in their respective fields. Music and lyrics for this show were written and designed both by Helen Park and Max Vernon. Vernon has worked on previous Off-Broadway shows, like The View UpStairs, and has been described as an equal mix of “bohemia and Broadway”. Teddy Bergman is the director of KPOP and he is the only person who has worked on any Broadway show before, as.Bergman previously performed in the Peter and the Starcatcher, which performed at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre throughout 2012, in the supporting role of Fighting Prawn.


KPOP was in its production phase during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and was the first Broadway show to host its casting auditions virtually, through online video calls.

What’s KPOP Like?

The show is a theatrical Korean Pop styled music show, which features many different original songs and dance performances. The audience is split in half to become the cheering teams for one of two different K-Pop groups, Special K and F8 (pronounced “Fate”). Audience members are given a colored wristband when they enter the theatre, which determines the band that they cheer for. Throughout the show the actors perform fast passed in-sync dance moves that are a mix of B-boy, Hip Hop dances and traditional Boy Band, two-step dances. The performers spin upside down on their heads, perform flips and body rolls all in-time with each other. The main two different K-Pop teams alternate performances, as they compete with each other for the audience's approval. The competition performances go on as the main story develops between each of the members on each of the dance teams. The band members each have their own career goals and expectations of each other which sometimes brings the crews closer together and sometimes tears them apart. Love, longing, heartbreak and personal loss are all put in the spotlight as the teams battle for the title which appears less and less important as the show goes on. All of the music in the show are original songs written specifically for this production and the songs are up-beat, electric and are intended to make the audience members want to tap their feet with the tunes. Most of the song lyrics are in the original Korean language but there are a few songs that feature a blend of both English and Korean words.

Is KPOP Good for Kids?

This K-pop music show was created for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. It should be noted that Korean pop music is generally geared towards entertaining teenagers. Children under 4 are not allowed in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,096
Entrance: 47th Street, between 8th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Ethel Barrymore Theatre Seating Chart

Past Cast Members

Sonoma
Julia Abueva
Jin Hee
Cathy Ang
Tiny D
Katie Lee Hill
Timmy X
Joomin Hwang
Oracle
Jinwoo Jung
Ruby
Vanessa Kai
Lex
Jiho Kang
XO
Deborah Kim
Mina
Susannah Kim
MwE
Ashley Park
Yazmeen
Amanda Morton
Callie
Sun Hye Park
Moon
James Saito
Jerry
James Seol
Dr. Park
David Shih
Epic
Jason Tam
Jenn
Ebony Williams
Bobo
John Yi

Producers

Woodshed Collective

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Production Credits

Press Agent
DKC O&M

Creative Team

Book Writer
Jason Kim
Music & Lyrics
Helen Park
Music & Lyrics
Max Vernon
Director
Teddy Bergman
Choreographer
Jennifer Weber
Musical Director
Sujin Kim-Ramsey