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‘Man Who Laughs’ leads Yegreen award noms

Oct 17,2018
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“The Man Who Laughs” has the most nominations for the upcoming 7th Yegreen Musical Awards slated to take place on Nov. 5.
On Tuesday, the Yegreen Musical Awards, organized by the Chungmu Arts Center, announced its nominations for this year’s event, with Korean musical “The Man Who Laughs” leading the pack. This year’s event, which is organized to honor and promote the musical industry in Korea, is slated to take place on Nov. 5 at the Grand Theater in the Chungmu Arts Center, central Seoul.

The musical, which is currently being staged at the Blue Square’s Interpark Hall in Hannam-dong, central Seoul, is up for 10 awards including Musical of the Year, Best Director, Best Music and Best Stage Design, among others. The Yegreen Musical Awards gives out a total of 21 awards in six categories. A total of 83 productions - 27 licensed musicals and 56 original musicals - are nominated this year.

“The Man Who Laughs,” produced by EMK Company, has been praised for its stage design, put together by designer Oh Pil-young.

“The Man Who Laughs” is based on the novel of the same name by French writer Victor Hugo. The story is set in 17th-century England, where there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor.

The story revolves around the main character Gwynplaine’s life and the unfair treatment he endures from society. The character is being played by Park Hyo-shin, Park Kang-hyun and Suho of the boy band Exo.

Competing against “The Man Who Laughs” for Musical of the Year is “Red Book.” The musical is also nominated for nine awards.

The event’s most prestigious award is the Yegreen Musical Award, which recognizes either a production company or a musical that made an impact in the country’s performing arts community.

This year’s nominees include production companies Live Company, Seensee Company and EMK Musical Company and the musical “Subway Line No. 1.”

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [sharon@joongang.co.kr]