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KPOP to Release Original Broadway Cast Album

The new musical is now running at Circle in the Square Theatre.

The cast of KPOP at Circle in the Square Theatre.
The cast of KPOP at Circle in the Square Theatre.
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Sony Masterworks Broadway, along with producers Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes, have announced plans for an original Broadway cast album of KPOP. The album will be released February 24, 2023, and is available now for preorder.

KPOP opened November 27 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The story is described as follows: "The exhilarating energy of a stadium concert meets the talent and passion of your favorite musical in KPOP! Packed with pulse-pounding new music and electrifying choreography, this original musical explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the international sensation. As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, they face struggles both cultural and personal that threaten to dismantle one of the industry's hottest labels."

The first-ever Broadway musical to celebrate Korean culture with Korean, Korean-American, and API representation on and off-stage, KPOP includes a star-studded cast of performers from the world of K-pop, including lead Luna, BoHyung (from the K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Min (from the K-pop group Miss A), and Kevin Woo (from the K-pop group U-KISS). The Broadway cast also features Julia Abueva, Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Marina Kondo, Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Jully Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, Zachary Noah Piser, and John Yi.

The album is produced by Harvey Mason Jr. and features music and lyrics by Max Vernon, and music, lyrics, music production, and arrangements by Helen Park. Directed by Teddy Bergman, the Broadway production also features a book by Jason Kim and choreography by Jennifer Weber.

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