KPOP, the wildly popular musical, set new standards for Korean culture portrayal and casting on Broadway. However, it has received conflicting opinions and poor box office returns. The Broadway version of KPOP has consequently opted to conclude its run at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
According to the release, KPOP will conduct its final Broadway show on December 11. The musical began performances on November 27 after previews. The fact that the production had already canceled several matinees shows we put it in a negative light.
Thus, there was yet another factor contributing to its slow growth. For the last performance, folks are already fastening their seatbelts. According to its production staff, the musical would have had 17 performances up until its final performance and 44 previews.
According to the official website, there will be a special tribute during the last performance. The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities will receive special recognition. The good times don’t stop there; there will also be a unique event.
A panel discussion is going to be included in this unique event. This conversation will make it easier to recognize and consider how AAPI actors have been represented on Broadway.
BTS Looks At KPOP Broadway
Some of the leading lights in the KPOP business are among the panel’s Broadway participants. The name David Henry Hwang is mentioned first. His participation with KPOP was because he was the first Asian American playwright to win a Tony award.
This performance will be memorable thanks to Broadway. It also features KPOP’s very own Helen Park! She is also the first Asian woman to compose for a Broadway show, so that’s a significant deal!
Fans of the show enjoy seeing the routines, practices, and practical jokes behind the scenes. As a result, the program shared some fantastic news with the audience. An announcement last week stated that a cast recording from Broadway would be released on February 24.
The primary focus is on a massive solo star, and a behind-the-scenes peek at numerous K-pop groups. They have all gathered to record a spectacular concert that will take place just once. But due to their investigation, they discover that they must deal with cultural and private difficulties. One of the market’s hottest labels eventually collapsed due to this.
They consequently begin to doubt their sense of identity as artists. 200 free tickets for the event are being made available to community members, according to estimates. The Asian American cultural organizations support this step to foster a sense of community even in remote locations.
The Struggle With The Show
The show’s producer, Joey Parnes, confessed that it had encountered difficulties. One of the main problems that contributed to the Broadway show’s early closure was that it struggled to draw in early audiences.
Theatergoers are understandably reluctant to see any new or undiscovered art, which is understandable considering the foreign aspect of KPOP. Some people could still be wary about going back.
Additionally, the new musical could be doing better in generating revenue. The revenues have occasionally been lower than $200,000 per week since the previews started in October. This resulted in the new KPOP musical’s ranking falling significantly.
According to weekly industry totals, it was one of the least profitable. The production teams saw that the capacity had stayed in reasonably good condition. However, the average weekly ticket price was simultaneously relatively low.
Due to the musical’s impending short closure, KPOP will not be able to take advantage of the customary increase in ticket sales. Many shows look forward to the golden period just around the bend during the holiday season. But before then, the KPOP musical will have already left the stage and packed its set.