These Songs Made K-Pop Musicians Life Turn Into Successful Life. Taking on the roles of fictional K-pop superstars may make the Broadway debuts of Luna, Min, BoHyung, and Kevin Woo slightly less daunting than the average Broadway debut.
All four performers started out performing onstage as teen singers for actual K-pop acts. With the stories of a solo artist and two bands performing together for one night only, KPOP brings the music and culture of Korean pop music to Broadway.
However, the performance isn’t without cost, as the characters’ careers are jeopardised by their personal struggles. After being spotted by talent scouts in 2006 when she was just 13 years old, Luna officially launched her K-pop music career in 2009 as the lead singer of girl group f(x).
By 2016, they had already published four studio albums and two EPs, and they were one of the first K-pop acts to appear at South by Southwest. One of f(x)’s biggest hits is “4 Walls,” which serves as the title track to the band’s fourth studio album of the same name.
The members of f(x) decided to pursue individual professions rather than receive advancements as a group in 2016. Now Luna makes her Broadway debut in the role of MwE, a solo artist in the KPOP genre who takes on the business titans.
f(x)’s “4 Walls”
BoHyung, the lead singer of the fictitious girl group RTMIS, has been active in the Korean music industry for a decade. Starting out in 2012, she was a member of SPICA until the band disbanded in 2016.
It has been speculated that SPICA, whose most popular track on Spotify is “Tonight,” will reunite in the future, but in the meantime, BoHyung formed a new duo KEEMBO in 2020 with another former SPICA member, BoA. BoHyung’s big break comes on Broadway, where she plays Tiny.
Kevin Woo, a California native, relocated to South Korea at the age of 15 after being spotted by a talent agency there. Then, from 2008 to 2017, he was a member of the K-pop boy band U-KISS, well known for their single “330.”
After leaving the United States, Woo launched a solo career in Japan, where he performed in a number of musicals before returning to the United States. His Broadway debut will be as Jun Hyuk, a member of the made-up KPOP boy band F8.
In addition to the other three K-pop stars, Min will be making his Broadway debut with the show. Her professional music career kicked off in 2010 when she made her debut with the K-pop girl group miss A.
Playbill choosing 4 Walls for Luna’s writeup 👌https://t.co/pgdEMfZIg7
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The group made history with their first single, “Bad Girl, Good Girl,” which became the first debut single ever to reach number one on Korea’s equivalent to Billboard’s Gaon Digital Chart.
After Min’s departure from the band in 2017, she made her stage debut in the Korean production of Boys Over Flowers The Musical. Joining BoHyung on stage, she plays Riya, a member of the made-up K-pop girl group RTMIS.
miss A’s “Bad Girl, Good Girl”
The show’s debut at Circle in the Square Theatre is set for November 20. KPOP is the brainchild of Jason Kim and the Woodshed Collective, and it contains Kim’s writing alongside music and lyrics by Helen Park, music production and arrangements by Max Vernon, and music and lyrics by Park.
Choreography is by Jennifer Weber, music direction is by Sujin Kim-Ramsey, scenic design is by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, costume design is by Clint Ramos and Sophia Choi, lighting design is by Jiyoun Chang, sound design is by Peter Fitzgerald and Andrew Keister, projection design is by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design is by Mia M. Neal, and makeup design is by Suki Tsujimoto.