Over halfway through June, known globally as Pride Month, the 21st marked a momentous celebration. In his first solo concert production, Love Songs for Pride, Abraham Lim returned to the stage alongside a few of his former KPOP Broadway co-stars Marina Kondo, Min (miss A), Patrick Park, and Kevin Woo (U-KISS). The proceeds for the night were donated to The LGBTQ Center of NYC.
The night’s celebration kicked off with Min, an idol-turned-soloist. She teased snippets of a few notable miss A tracks including “Bad Girl Good Girl” and “Goodbye Baby,” and also performed a few solo tracks such as “Hit Me Up” and “Onion.” Her stage warmed the hearts of second generation kpop fans, and made the transition to the next artist even more exciting.
The second act of the evening was Patrick Park, who, prior to KPOP on Broadway, was known for previous theatrical roles. His set included acoustic versions of “I Just Want You” by Sara Bareilles, “Helpless” from the famed musical Hamilton, and “The Only Exception” by Paramore. With his set being entirely acoustic, the atmosphere was that much more personable and intimate, setting him apart from his performing castmates.
Next up on the stage was powerhouse Broadway alumni Marina Kondo, who kicked off her set with two remixed covers of Disney classic song “Journey to the Past,” and “Saving All My Love for You” by Whitney Houston. Her vocal prowess was very undeniable and fantastical, and her voice was strong yet emotionally impactful.
The second to last performer of the event was yet another second generation kpop alumni, Kevin Woo. The now-soloist’s set started out with covers of Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” and Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love,” and continued on with a few of his original solo tracks. Kevin finished off his set with a remixed version of his own latest release, “Got It.” His bright personality paired with his sweet vocals were a refreshing change of pace that was both soothing and invigorating.
Last up was none other than Abraham Lim himself. His set began with covers of “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears and “Green Light” by Lorde, and concluded with an original unreleased song he wrote and composed himself titled “Bravest Goodbye.”
Not wanting to end the show so early, Abraham gathered all the performing artists back on stage once again for a final performance of Lady Gaga’s Pride Month anthem, “Born This Way,” and the cast also sang a quick “Happy Birthday” for Min.
The night was without a doubt a success, as the show was completely sold out, and made a lot of fans happy to see the KPOP cast reunited on stage once more. Congratulations to Abraham Lim on successfully concluding his first New York based concert: Love Songs for Pride, and thanks to the team for allowing us to attend the show! Make sure to check out all of our photos from the concert on our Facebook page now.
Written By Kortney Kendall
Edited By Ephney Tsai