Cover of The Dramatist Season in Review 2022-2023
Broadway Debut: KPOP with Helen Park
Helen Park by Bronwen Sharp for The Dramatist
Photo: Bronwen Sharp

What is a favorite memory from this season?

Last season brought a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, but my favorite memory has to be the first time seeing my Broadway musical KPOP on stage. After eight years of working on a show—writing, rewriting, imagining, and dreaming—finally seeing all the designs come together and actors bringing the work to life was too thrilling for words. Being able to share my music with the audience and feeling their energy was also pure magic. KPOP faced its challenges and closed sooner than I had hoped, but it truly is a testament to the power of music and making theater bringing people together.

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Helen Park
Helen Park

is a composer and music producer for theatre and screen. A Tony Award® Nominee, three-time Drama Desk Nominee and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award and the Richard Rodgers Award, her compositions have been described as “perversely addictive” (The New York Times) and “infectious” (The Hollywood Reporter). Park made history as the first Asian female composer on Broadway with her musical KPOP for which she wrote music and lyrics, music produced and orchestrated. In addition, Park wrote songs for the Oscar-nominated Netflix Original Animated Feature musical, Over the Moon (2020). Park is an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop and is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild.