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KPOP

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Members say: Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Great staging

About the show

Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective present the world premiere of this interactive experience set behind the scenes at a k-pop music factory. More…

'KPOP' is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made…or broken. All audience members will be standing, walking, climbing stairs, and dancing! Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.


Member Reviews (85)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Great staging
84
Avg Score

86
Fun!, Creative!, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want to have fun and be entertained by this immersive, creatively staged show. A weak-ish story is well overshadowed by amazing staging.

Don't see it if You prefer proscenium style shows or don’t like pop music.

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Lively

See it if you want an "insider's view" of a factory that creates pop stars in an inventive, interactive event that concludes w/a helluva KPOP concert.

Don't see it if you hate the manufactured pop music of KPOP, Lou Pearlman, PWL/SAW, etc; you expect more than heavy-handed drama forced between the fun.

85
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like shiny energetic musicals. The singing and dancing are very entertaining. The guiding of groups from space to space is well done

Don't see it if you have problems standing for long periods or climbing stairs. The themes and dramatic scenes are a bit predictable.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Fun, Ambitious

See it if you want a fun experience led by a large fantastic cast. Some serious themes/topics also touched upon. So much talent, ambitious production.

Don't see it if you want a straightforward story or prefer a seated show. The ending was a bit of a cop out, but the overall experience was still terrific.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Overlong

See it if you love KPOP, speak Korean, are interested in issues of race in America or the exploitation of young pop stars; like great staging, singing

Don't see it if you like your performances tight, with a clear message, or don't want to stand/sit/walk for three hours. Show could easily lose 30 min

Also Comfy shoes are good but not essential, there are often seats. The aud... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want to see the best immersive musical of the year. Original.

Don't see it if you don't like pop music.

Also K-pop is nice surprise, You walk around in different rooms as the stor... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like Kpop, immersive theater, musicals, and fun dancing/singing.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or immersive theater. There is a lot of standing and walking around, so wear comfortable shoes.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if an unforgettable and original experience / the cast was super talented and very charming / loved the music and costumes!

Don't see it if didn't seem 100% realized, particularly the storylines

87
Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if like creative theater experiences

Don't see it if you don't standing

80
Entertaining, Exquisite, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like immersive theater and don't mind walking around, enjoy a commentary on the bridge between Asian and American cultures, like music

Don't see it if You like traditional theater, can't get tickets, like more serious musicals

82
Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Refreshing, Bestconclusionever

See it if you like immersive theater and love theater that goes into new territory, taking huge risks. Plus the 20min concert at the end is AWESOME

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to go to the scenes instead of having the scenes come to you, or you absolutely hate pop music!

Also Yes there are shaky parts to the staging and not all the scenes are co... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Inventive, Ambitious, Great performances, Dazzling

See it if you're up for an inventive, adventurous & dazzling event featuring a thrilling ensemble; for a stunning performance by Ashley Park

Don't see it if you don't like having to move around a lot & having to stand a good bit; if you really prefer a character-driven story to an idea-driven one

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you love musical theatre, and want to explore the behind the scenes of the entertainment industry, it's upbeat and great fun!

Don't see it if you are not able to let yourself go and be immersed by theatre (please see below), and there is a lot of walking around

Also I went into this show with incredibly low expectations, only going bec... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a one-of-a-kind show, you love immersive and participatory theatre

Don't see it if you want to feel more than think, you don't care for walking or participation, you want pure acting, you don't care for East Asian issues

85
Ambitious, Great staging, Impressive, Immersive

See it if you like immersive theater, Korean pop music, or a plot that you can literally follow from place to place

Don't see it if you like conventional theater and storytelling where you remain seated - this is the opposite

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if if you like immersive theatre. The staging is amazing. It features great pop music, amazing dancing, and thought provoking storyline.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of immersive theatre or pop music.

84
Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy immersive theater, are interested in Kpop as a genre, or like to support productions with diverse casts. It makes important points

Don't see it if you will be too upset by a messy, inconsistent book to enjoy the spectacular performances.

83
Ambitious, Entertaining, Immersive, Engaging

See it if you love immersive theatre, ambitious musicals, pop music in general or of course, KPop

Don't see it if you hate pop music and immersive theatre (you are asked to split into groups and experience the show in parts among different rooms)

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love immersion. You become a character as you tour the space & learn about these performers' lives. Different experience every time!

Don't see it if you're not willing to learn about a new culture and a new music genre. If you don't like participation, this might be a lot for you.

94
Epic, Great staging, Nostalgic, Must see, Fun

See it if you love pop, concerts, boy bands, visceral experiences, amazing music, uber-talented artists, and unforgettable evenings.

Don't see it if you like traditional narratives, deep explorations of social issues, being on your feet. That said, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

82
Great staging, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like immersive theater, Korean Pop music, or interesting staging. If you don't mind trite cliched storylines but ambitious technical

Don't see it if you have trouble/dislike moving around during theater.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Epic, Masterful

See it if you want an incredible, truly immersive theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You don't like interactivity.

90
Innovative, Refreshing, Great staging, Unique, Fabulous experience

See it if You want to experience an amazing immersive show. Phenomenal staging and logistics. Fabulous choreography. Great performances.

Don't see it if You want traditional theatre. If you get tired standing a lot.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Fun, Quirky

See it if you want to have fun in a show. The concept of this show is clever. And the cast is so committed to entertain that you won't disappoint.

Don't see it if you care a lot about plot development and the depth of story in a show. This show is supposed to show you a new culture in a fun way.

88
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Exciting, Immersive

See it if you enjoy immersive theatre, want to see a new kind of musical, or want to see an amazing performance from Ashley Park

Don't see it if you don't like moving around during a show, want something that is easy to follow


September 22nd, 2017
"Vibrates with the frenzy of its contradictions...'KPOP' is likely to come across as entertaining and enervating, in fairly equal measures...'KPOP' sometimes works too hard to put itself over. It is least interesting at its most didactic. And it suffers from its own conflicted intentions. The sho...
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September 22nd, 2017
"The delightful new musical ‘KPOP’ knows what kind of immersive theater it wants to be...Tiny bubbles of pleasure keep floating up and bursting all around us. Pop! Pop! Pop! We’re sold. It isn’t all froth, however...'KPOP' has impressive breadth, even if at times it feels overstretched...But any ...
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September 22nd, 2017
"An expansive, catchy, and cunning immersive performance...'KPOP's' exuberant young ensemble make this show difficult to resist...'KPOP' is a delicious spectacle...But 'KPOP' is no mere sugar bomb. Underneath the glam and the (highly enjoyable) gimmickry, the show is a candid and increasingly dis...
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September 22nd, 2017
"An ambitious new immersive, interactive musical that is often as physically exhausting as it is wildly entertaining...Despite its plethora of incidents, the show's book proves its weakest element, with the overlong proceedings becoming repetitive and meandering. But the paper-thin characterizati...
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