‘KPOP’ takes center stage on Broadway

KPOP, makes its debut at the Broadway musicals.

For playwright Jason Kim, who first had the idea for a play about K-pop almost ten years ago and presented an off-Broadway production in 2017 with music and lyrics written by Helen Park and Max Vernon, the show’s debut on Broadway has taken a very long time.


Five years after the original stage production, it has been revised for a time when K-pop musical powerhouses like BTS and Blackpink are pop chart staples, along with a slew of other Korean entertainment in movies and television like “Squid Games,” which is also becoming more popular in the United States.

Kim says, “America didn’t really know what K-pop was, and so there was a lot of explaining that I had to do. This time around, I didn’t have to really take the stance of having to apologize for anything or having to explain anything, and just let the story unfold.”

A professor at Binghamton University says, “the U.S. is finally catching up with what was already going on around the world.”

For Kim, it shows progress in the area of Asian American representation on Broadway.

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