These Standard Tunes Made KPOP‘s Actual Life Okay-Pop Musicians Into Success Tales
4 of the musical’s forged members convey famous person Okay-pop expertise of their Broadway debuts.
Whereas Broadway debuts can usually be daunting, KPOP‘s Luna, Min, BoHyung, and Kevin Woo might have a little bit of a bonus as they step into their roles as fictional Okay-pop superstars. All 4 actors first started their careers onstage as teen singers in real-life Okay-pop music teams.
KPOP brings the music and world of Korean pop music and tradition to Broadway by the storylines of 1 solo artist and two music teams introduced collectively for a one-night-only live performance. The efficiency, nonetheless, comes at a worth because the characters threat every thing and face private struggles that threaten their careers.
Try among the well-known forged’s Okay-pop tracks within the movies beneath.
Initially found by expertise brokers at 13-years-old in 2006, Luna began her Okay-pop music profession as lead singer of woman group f(x) in 2009. The group launched 4 albums and two prolonged performs by 2016, and was among the many first Okay-pop teams to carry out at South by Southwest. “4 Partitions,” the title observe from f(x)’s fourth studio album of the identical identify, is among the group’s hottest hits. In 2016, f(x) halted group promotions in favor of embarking on particular person careers. Now Luna make hers Broadway debut as MwE, KPOP‘s solo artist battling business executives.
f(x)’s “4 Partitions”
KPOP‘s fictional woman group RTMIS stars BoHyung, who has been on the Okay-pop scene for 10 years and counting. She obtained her begin in 2012 with SPICA, and remained part of the group till it broke up in 2016. With one other former SPICA member, BoA, BoHyung shaped new duo KEEMBO in 2020, although there was hypothesis of a future reunion of SPICA, whose hottest observe on Spotify is “Tonight.” BoHyung makes her theatrical debut as Tiny within the Broadway musical.
Born and raised in California, Kevin Woo moved to South Korea at 15 after being found by a South Korean leisure company. He then carried out for nearly a decade from 2008 to 2017 as a part of Okay-pop boy band U-KISS, greatest recognized for his or her hit “330.” Following his departure, Woo started a solo profession in Japan earlier than returning to the US, and has beforehand starred in a number of musicals. He makes his Broadway debut as Jun Hyuk, a member of KPOP‘s fictional boy band F8.
Min completes the group of 4 Okay-pop stars making their Broadway debuts within the musical. Her music profession started with a debut as a part of Okay-pop woman group miss A in 2010. The group’s debut single “Unhealthy Lady, Good Lady” made historical past as the primary time a bunch’s debut single topped the Gaon Digital Chart, the Korean equal of the Billboard charts. Min departed the group in 2017, following which she made her theatrical debut within the Korean adaptation of Boys Over Flowers The Musical. She makes her Broadway debut as Riya alongside BoHyung in KPOP‘s fictional woman group RTMIS.
miss A’s “Unhealthy Lady, Good Lady”
The musical will open at Circle within the Sq. Theatre November 20. Conceived by Jason Kim and the Woodshed Collective, KPOP incorporates a guide by Kim with music, lyrics, in addition to music, lyrics, music manufacturing and preparations by Helen Park, and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. Director Teddy Bergman helms the manufacturing, which options choreography by Jennifer Weber, music route 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 make-up designer Suki Tsujimoto.