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South Korea loves ‘Academy’

Festival gives musical prize to American offering

New York Musical Theater Fest alum “Academy” took home the top award for best musical at South Korea’s Daegu Intl. Musical Fest, as well as a $2,500 cash prize that supplements the award.

A “Faust” redux set in a prep school, “Academy” played in Korea as part of an exchange program between NYMF and DIMF, the international tuner festival founded in 2007. This year’s winners were determined by a panel of theater journalists and critics, and the awards gala was broadcast on national Korean television.

In addition to the musical prize, “Academy” scored a gong for supporting actor Corey Boardman (“Altar Boyz”).

Conceived and developed by Andrew Kato with music, book and lyrics by John Mercurio, the tuner, directed by John Carrafa, also won a pair of kudos at last year’s NYMF — one for music and one for ensemble.

As part of the cross-festival exchange program, Korea will send its own musical, “Special Letter,” to the 2010 NYMF, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 17.

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