Bang Jin-ui Wins New York Musical Award

      December 23, 2009 07:12

      Bang Jin-ui

      Bang Jin-ui has become the first Korean to win an Outstanding Individual Performance award at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). "My Scary Girl," in which Bang plays the lead, was invited to the 2009 NYMF and staged on Broadway 42nd Street in New York from Oct. 1 to 4. Out of 28 musicals, "My Scary Girl" won two awards -- Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Individual Performance. Bang was one of 11 actors who received the awards.

      "My Scary Girl" won best new musical at the 2008 Daegu Musical Festival, and under an agreement between the Daegu Musical Festival and NYMF this year, it was featured on Broadway. "The elements of black comedy seem to have gone over well, so I loved being on stage," Bang says.

      Bang made her musical debut in 2001 with "Dracula." "I studied drama at ChungAng University on my father's advice, and it suited me. But because of financial difficulties in the family, it took me eight years to graduate because I had to do all sorts of part-time jobs to cover my living expense as well as tuition," she recalls. "I'm still on stage to make living. The stage is what feeds me. That's why I love it so much."

      "When I got the first pay check for a musical, I was delighted," she says. "Now that I'm doing more shows, the financial problems are starting to disappear. Now my biggest concern is romance. I've had two boyfriends but none worked out in the end. I think dating is very important, but I guess I'm bad at it."

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