KPOP has moved the official opening night for its Broadway Bow to November 27. Reviews will be released following the new press opening, though celebrations for the musical and a red carpet will still be held on the original opening date of November 20.
The musical continues with preview performances, which began October 13 at Circle in the Square Theatre. Several performances have been cancelled due to illness, including the recent cancellation of performances November 15 and 16 due to positive cases of COVID within the company.
KPOP brings the music and world of Korean pop music and culture to Broadway through the storylines of one solo artist and two music groups brought together for a one-night-only concert. The performance, however, comes at a price as the characters risk everything and face personal struggles that threaten their careers.
K-pop singer Luna leads the cast as MwE, and is joined by Marina Kondo, Joshua Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Dear Evan Hansen star Zachary Noah Piser and Hamilton's Eddy Lee as well as 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.
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.