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Hero: The Musical from 23 Aug - 3 Sep 2011

The Award-Winning Korean show, Hero: The Musical, will make its American debut when it plays Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater from 23 Aug - 3 Sep 2011.

Hero: The Musical brings to life this patriotic tale of heroism in the first Korean Broadway-style musical to be shown overseas.

With book and lyrics by A Reum Han, Music by Sang Joon Oh, and Orchestration by Peter Casey, Hero: The Musical tells the epic story of activist An Chunggun who sacrificed his life in the fight to preserve Korean independence and attain peace in Asia. Chunggun was executed in Japan on 26 Mar 1910 after facing trial for his involvement in the assassination of Japanese leader Ito Hirobumi, who is considered instrumental in the Japanese invasion of Korea. Over a century later, Chunggun's body remains in Japan, but his legacy as a hero lives on in his homeland of Korea.

Commissioned to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of patriotic leader An Chunggun, Hero: The Musical premiered in Seoul in 2009. The production played to sold out crowds for all 80 of its inaugural performances and went on to win all the major awards in the annual Korean musical theater award ceremonies including Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Music.

Directed byHo Jin Yun and cgoreographed by Ran Young Lee, Hero: The Musical features Sung Hwa JungB (An Chuggun), Sung Gee Kim (Ito Hirobumi), Sang Eun Lee (Sorhui) and Mi Do Jeun (Lingling), as well as Sung Hyuk Moon, Hwee Cho, Jin Woong Lim, Eui UK Jeong, Yong Hee Lim, Gi Young Chang, Young Wan Kim and Hong Seok Suh.

The creative team includes set design by Dong Woo Park, costume design by Ji Yeon Kim, lighting by Yun Young Koo, sound by Do Kyung Kwon and musical Direction by Moon Jyung Kim.

The musical is being prouced by ACOM International, who in 1998 presented the Korean musical 'The Last Empress' at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater.

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