KPOP the Musical Brings Full-Scale K-pop Concert to Broadway Stage

Go behind the scenes with fictional K-pop stars during KPOP the musical on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Go behind the scenes with fictional K-pop stars during KPOP the musical on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Editor's note: KPOP the musical plays its final Broadway performance on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
If your kids are fans of K-pop, you won't want to miss seeing KPOP the musical, an original production that's landed on Broadway and our list of the best Broadway shows to see with kids this season. Starring current and former K-pop stars, KPOP the musical is a lively and energetic show that will have you dancing in your seats.

Fresh off a viewing of KPOP the musical with my 12-year-old daughter and her friends, here's what you need to know about bringing your kids to this new Broadway show. Find more great productions for all ages in our Guide to Children's Theater and Shows in NYC.

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The infectious beats, catchy lyrics, and exhilarating choreography of K-pop have seemingly taken over the world. Groups like BTS and Blackpink have cemented their status as international superstars, and K-pop's fan base is diverse and wide-reaching. KPOP the musical feeds into this fascination, taking the audience behind the scenes into the lives of three fictional K-pop artists—two groups and one solo artist—depicting the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to be successful.

The show originally premiered on off-Broadway six years ago as an immersive, rambling experience. Since then, KPOP the musical has been streamlined into a tighter, more cohesive production focusing on just a few themes. The storyline follows RTMIS, boy band F8 (pronounced "Fate"), and former wunderkind MwE as each struggles with professional and personal challenges on the cusp of their New York debut. MwE is played by Luna, a Korean recording artist who started her career with the K-pop group f(x). The rest of the cast includes a mix of former K-pop stars and Broadway actors.

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The set for KPOP is unique for a Broadway show.

Of course, it wouldn't be K-pop without some serious synchronized dancing and upbeat pop songs. The vocals of all the actors are amazing. One of our favorite songs was "This is My Korea." The dance routines are electrifying, and the music got the audience clapping and dancing along, especially during the mini-concert at the end of the show.

While the dialogue is in both Korean and English, it's easy to understand what's being said within the context of the show. The songs, too, seamlessly mix Korean and English lyrics.

The show is a lot of fun, even if you don't know much about K-pop. The creators successfully blend the elements of K-pop music with a compelling story that draws in the audience.

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KPOP the musical: Girls posing with Playbills
It was all smiles and excitement as we settled into our seats for KPOP the musical.

Things to Know Before You Go to KPOP the Musical

  • KPOP the musical is currently in previews at the Circle in the Square Theater.
  • While the minimum age listed on the website is 4, the show is best suited for kids ages 7 and older.
  • The production contains strobe lighting, lasers, and smoke effects.
  • Seats are arranged in a semi-circle around the main stage, so there isn't a bad seat in the house.
  • The show runs about 2 hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.
  • Tickets can be purchased here and discounted tickets can be purchased through a digital lottery.

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