Keith Varney's I Got Fired Named Best International Musical at Daegu Festival

News   Keith Varney's I Got Fired Named Best International Musical at Daegu Festival For the second year in a row an American musical has taken the top honor at the Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea. Keith Varney's I Got Fired was awarded the 2011 Best International Musical Prize.

Keith Varney
Keith Varney

Varney's musical about the soul-sucking world of office life was presented as part of the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival and was selected to play DIMF as part of the organization's ongoing partnership with NYMF. It won the Theater for the American Musical Prize at the 2010 NYMF Festival.

In addition to I Got Fired taking the Best International Musical honor at DIMF, Varney, who stars in his work, was awarded the Best Actor Award.

American actors who appeared in the Korean run also include Savannah Wise (Rock of Ages), Toni DiBuono (Wonderful Town), Devon Goffman (Grease), Eric Anderson (South Pacific), Collin Leydon (The Full Monty), EJ Zimmerman (Avenue Q) and Robyn Corujo (American Schemes).

Here's how the work is billed: "Aspiring writer Keith has been a temp in a wacky office’s soul crushing cubicle for six years. When an evil nemesis emerges to squash his coffee-stained hopes and dreams, Keith makes a decision that causes him to get summarily fired… with security escorts and everything. Naturally he retaliates by writing a musical based on a true-ish story. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty."

Steve Bebout directed I Got Fired, which has choreography by Dontee Kiehn, musical direction by Chris Haberl, lighting design by Grant Yaeger, set design by Ji-Youn Chang, sound design by Gary Alan Busch, Jr., and costume design by Michael Kale.

In spring 2010 DIMF hosted the American musical Academy, which took Best International Musical and Best Supporting Actor for Corey Boardman (Next to Normal).

The New York Musical Theatre Festival will run Sept. 28-Oct. 26. Visit NYMF.

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