Luna at the ‘KPOP’ press event. (Photo: Jenny Anderson)
Following its acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at Ars Nova, KPOP will head to Broadway this fall, with pop star Luna headlining the cast. Previews will begin on October 13, with an opening night slated for November 20.
Luna will be making her Broadway debut in this highly anticipated musical; previously, Luna was best known as a singer in the popular South Korean girl group f(x). Luna has also appeared in Korean stage productions such as Mamma Mia! and In the Heights. The complete casting for this musical will be announced at a later time.
KPOP will play at Broadway’s intimate Circle in the Square Theatre, which was previously home to such hits as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the recent revival of Once On This Island.
The musical features a book by Jason Kim and music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon. Teddy Bergman directs the Broadway production. KPOP was conceived by Kim and Woodshed Collective and premiered initially as an immersive experience.
Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes are the lead producers on this musical that features choreography by Jennifer Weber. The design team is as follows: scenic design by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, costume design by Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound design by Peter Hylenski.
As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, one singer – played by K-pop and musical theater sensation Luna – faces an inner struggle that threatens to dismantle one of the hottest labels in K-pop. Pulsing with infectious beats, electrifying choreography, and breathtaking joy, KPOP is an all-consuming multimedia experience that explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the heart-thumping international phenomenon.
Tickets for the new musical are now on sale at kpopbroadway.com.
The New York Times review called the show a “new immersive musical set in a Korean hit factory moves to the beats of satire, soap opera and everything in between.”