KPOP NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(86 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
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Negative
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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.

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Member Reviews (86)

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539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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.

197 Reviews | 73 Followers
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 Read more

193 Reviews | 47 Followers
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. Read more

191 Reviews | 22 Followers
87
Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if like creative theater experiences

Don't see it if you don't standing

181 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
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 show is best when parody blurs into the already surreal dimensions of what’s being parodied...The pastiche fusion musical numbers...are as synthetically sweet and perversely addictive as the real thing."
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Time Out New York
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 misgivings are forgotten in the rush of the extended concert finale, which sweeps you up in the thrill of a crowd that can hardly wait to burst into applause."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 discomfiting look at the struggles faced by Asian artists trying to break into an American market...It’s not subtle, but it works."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 characterizations and hackneyed dialogue don't prevent ‘KPOP’ from being great fun...The mostly youthful ensemble is terrifically talented, delivering the infectious original score with pulsing energy."
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Theatermania
September 22nd, 2017

"The most ambitious off-Broadway musical of the year, with pulse-quickening tunes, innovative staging, and just a little bit of disappointment...There's no musical without conflict, but Kim is unfailingly heavy-handed in his approach, underlining each important issue with a thick red line...Luckily, everyone in the cast is very good...Everything comes together for a final concert that has everyone dancing and singing along. 'KPOP' is great fun."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 27th, 2017

"Cramming in all these scenes is an enormous undertaking, which makes it all the more remarkable that Kim's book is so consistently mordant, to say nothing of Park and Vernon's insanely catchy songs...Following the intermission, the action retreats with unseemly haste from the script's acrid truths in favor of an upbeat concert finale...This wholesale abandonment of what has gone before would be more disconcerting if the medley that follows didn't raise the roof."
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Theatre is Easy
September 26th, 2017

"Consisting of many 'empty calories,' this immersive musical is still irresistibly delicious...At its best when playing on the contrast of 'true' versus 'constructed,' emphasized most successfully in MwE’s story...Though the show is billed as a musical, most of the songs we hear on our tour are not performed live...This strange decision seems like a waste of catchy K-pop hits...'KPOP' picks up steam in the finale, with a full-blown pop concert. But its didactic conclusion is suspiciously easy."
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CurtainUp
September 29th, 2017

"The banal script doesn't go in any direction that hasn't been pursued more interestingly before. But the scenes are competently crafted and, under Teddy Bergman's superb direction, they're performed with such conviction and velocity that the derivative nature of the enterprise is unobjectionable. And the tunes, most of them jumpy and melodically appealing, lend freshness and dazzle to the enterprise. A well-constructed immersive production...As a total package, it's pretty hard to resist."
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