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An infectious original score. The musical numbers wouldn’t look out of place at Madison Square Garden.
— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
Fahuuucking brilliant. I can’t believe what I just experienced. I want to go back 10 more times.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda
the songs make the case that bubble gum is an international language...insanely catchy songs with enough unbridled energy to generate an audience frenzy. It offers provocative ideas set to an irresistible beat; just try to resist it.
— David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America
Perversely addictive (Think of them as ear Skittles.)
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Tiny bubbles of pleasure keep floating up and bursting all around us. Pop! Pop! Pop! We’re sold.
— Adam Feldman, Timeout NY
KPOP is gigantic. It is undoubtedly the most ambitious off-Broadway musical of the year, with pulse-quickening tunes...The composers re-create that magic with their irrepressible pop score, which will have you dancing through much of the show.
— Zachary Stewart, Theatermania
As far as the soundtrack, KPOP, like the music it’s named after, explores a wide range of genres and artistic interpretations. The show... features a stand out or two that could easily compete on Korean music charts.
— Tamar Herman, Billboard
If you’re not bopping along to the splashy, buoyant pop tunes, well … maybe you don’t like puppies or rainbows either.
— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
The music is exuberant, with sharp hooks and maddeningly catchy choruses.
— Kathryn Yu, No Proscenium
When the closing concert starts, it’s almost impossible to resist the infectious energy of the music itself, and of the mix of enthusiasm and precision in the performances. Many of the songs could work as both polished commercial pop songs and wry sendups of the tropes of those songs...Like the best pop songs, you walk out of KPOP feeling energized, thoroughly entertained, and humming a line of the chorus.
— Loren Noveck, Exeunt Magazine
an exuberant, candy colored and satirical introduction to Korean pop music that ends with a legitimately mind-blowing concert...Audiences should be forgiven for demanding CDs as they exit through the lobby.
— David Cote, What Should We Do