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‘KPOP’ Composer Helen Park, Star John Yi on Musical’s Representational Impact and Broadway’s AAPI Inclusion

On Sunday evening, the echoes of KPOP‘s final Broadway finale barreled up the stairs of W. 50th’s Circle in the Square Theatre and through its upper lobby, where the excited cheers of a stacked house spiked against the heart-pounding beat of “Blast Off” like an aural electrocardiogram. For those not able to get tickets, a […]

‘KPOP’ Team on Abrupt Closing of Broadway Musical: “We Never Got a Fair Chance”

Leading members of KPOP’s creative team are addressing the news of the history-making Broadway musical’s closing, which producers announced Tuesday. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, book writer Jason Kim, composer Helen Park, and producers Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes shared their reactions to the closing and what they felt may have fueled […]

‘KPOP’ to Close in December Two Weeks After Opening on Broadway

KPOP, which broke ground on Broadway for its casting and representation of Korean culture, is closing just a few weeks after opening at the Circle in the Square. The musical, which originally premiered off-Broadway in 2017, will end its run on Dec. 11, the producers announced Tuesday. Written by Jason Kim and directed by Teddy […]

KCON Unveils Full Artist Lineup for 10th Anniversary Festival in Los Angeles

KCON is finally returning to Los Angeles, just in time for the Korean culture festival’s 10th anniversary celebration. After going virtual for the first two years of the pandemic with five content-packed KCON:TACT series that attracted more than 22 million viewers globally, KCON evolved into a hybrid model this year, with events held in Seoul, […]

DIVE Studios Launches Mindset Audio Platform With Funding From Scooter Braun’s TQ Ventures

DIVE Studios, the Los Angeles-based media company known for its podcasts hosted by English-speaking Kpop stars, is officially launching its audio storytelling platform Mindset after raising $8.7 million in seed funding. Mindset, which beta launched in February and is currently available as a free-to-download mobile app (a web version is being developed), features audio series […]

MGM Television Teams With Korea’s SM Entertainment for U.S. K-Pop Competition Show

In the latest business deal to underscore the globalization of K-pop, MGM Worldwide Television Group is partnering with Korea’s SM Entertainment to develop a competition series to scout young American men to form a U.S.-based K-pop group. To be more precise, the new boy group, NCT-Hollywood, will be the latest subunit of SM’s hit “concept” […]