Korean Kinky Boots Takes Top Honors at Country's Musical Awards!

News   Korean Kinky Boots Takes Top Honors at Country's Musical Awards!
 
The Korean production of Kinky Boots, which marked the first international staging of the hit Broadway musical that features a score by Cyndi Lauper, took home top honors at the country's 9th Musical Awards Aug. 16.

The Korea Musical Theater Association announced that the production received the most prestigious prize among 25 musicals that have been staged between May 2014-April 20, 2015.

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Kang Hong-seok, who played Lola (the role originated by Tony winner Billy Porter) in the musical, also received the Best Lead Actor award. Jeon Mi-do, who played Girl in Once, took home the Best Actress of the Year award. Seven musical experts participated in the award's jury.

The Korean-language production officially opened Dec. 5, 2014, at the Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theatre in Seoul, Korea.

Based on the 2005 film of the same title, the Northampton, U.K.-set musical has a new book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Newsies) and a score by Grammy and Tony Award-winning "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hit-maker and "True Colors" songwriter Lauper.

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (2004's La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can), who created the high-energy dances that sent audiences and cast members into a frenzy during Hairspray, directs and choreographs Kinky Boots, which is bedazzled with a series of show-stopping numbers by the character of Lola and a bevy of drag performers.

Read more about Korea's Musical Awards here.

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