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.