“KPOP” ON BROADWAY MAKES HISTORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
HISTORY MADE ON BROADWAY AS
MARKS ITS OPENING CELEBRATION
AHEAD OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING ON NOVEMBER 27
WITH 18 BROADWAY DEBUTS
THE FIRST BROADWAY SHOW CELEBRATING KOREAN CULTURE
AND HELEN PARK BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE ASIAN COMPOSER
New York, NY (November 21, 2022) – Last night, history was made on Broadway as the musical sensation KPOP marked their opening celebration, ahead of the show’s official opening night on November 27. Featuring 18 Broadway debuts, KPOP is the first Broadway musical to celebrate Korean culture with Korean, Korean-American, and AAPI representation on and off-stage, including composer Helen Park, who is the first female Asian composer on Broadway. KPOP is the first completely original musical on Broadway this year, now playing at Circle in the Square Theatre.
On hand for the celebratory occasion were Bowen Yang, Lea Salonga, Judith Light, Telly Leung, Conrad Ricamora, Daniel K. Isaac, Minnie Mills, Katrina Lenk, Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, Orfeh, Andrew Barth Feldman, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Greg Hildreth, and many more.
Starring K-pop super star Luna as MwE, KPOP is directed by Teddy Bergman, features a book by Jason Kim; choreography by Jennifer Weber; music, lyrics, music production and arrangements by Helen Park; and music and lyrics by Max Vernon.
In addition to Luna, KPOP stars Julia Abueva, BoHyung (from the K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Marina Kondo, Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Jully Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Min (from the K-pop group Miss A), Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, Zachary Noah Piser, Kevin Woo (from the K-pop group U-KISS), and John Yi.
The exhilarating energy of a stadium concert meets the talent and passion of your favorite musical in KPOP! Packed with pulse-pounding new music and electrifying choreography, this original musical explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the international sensation. As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, they face struggles both cultural and personal that threaten to dismantle one of the industry’s hottest labels. Featuring a cast of K-pop and musical theater stars, it’s a multimedia experience unlike anything else on Broadway.
KPOP is produced by Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes and was conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim. Music Direction by Sujin Kim-Ramsey, Scenic Design by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, Costume Design by Clint Ramos & Sophia Choi, Lighting Design by Jiyoun Chang, Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald & Andrew Keister, Projection Design by Peter Nigrini, Hair & Wig Design by Mia M. Neal, Makeup Design by Joe Dulude II & Suki Tsujimoto, Casting by Tara Rubin Casting and the Production Stage Manager is Cherie B. Tay.
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