A coproduction with Ars Nova (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Small Mouth Sounds) and Ma - Yi Theater Company, KPOP is a huge immersive musical depicting a Korean pop label's invasion into America.
Set on the eve of the label’s launch, KPOP gives an audience a first hand opportunity to witness the cultivation and launch of Korean Pop Stars. An evening of ballads, tears, and spectacular choreography - Kpop allows an audience to find out how the sausage gets made and then loose themselves in the music. Follow the trials and tribulation of our eight member boy F8, the infighting and despair running through our nine woman group Special K, or just sit back and watch our solo star, MwE fighting her way back to the top of the charts.
A legitimate global phenomenon, Korean Pop Music is a remarkable encapsulation of South Korea’s history itself - an explosion of success that incorporated both the experience of a century of colonial occupation and the ambitions of a rapidly industrializing society.
KPOP draws on the popular music of the US and Europe and reworks it to produce an irresistible cocktail all its own with fans worldwide.
The Korean music industry itself is a doggedly hardworking machine, crafting each and every part of the artists' image, sound, narrative, and style. KPOP global ambitions and its indebtedness to American Pop, affords a unique opportunity to explore cultural differences and similarities in a rapidly globalized world.
Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.