Academy


Book, Music, and Lyrics by John Mercurio

Conceived and Developed by Andrew Kato

At St. Edward’s Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival. Inspired by Goethe’s Faust, Academy is a pop chamber musical about boys learning to become men—and remaining true to themselves.


REVIEWS:

“All this show needs for the big time is a set and a larger theater. And the set is optional.” – Anita Gillette, NY TIMES

…a freshness and compassion unmatched by anything other than Spring Awakening.” – Bill Hirschman, One of the top 10 shows for 2010, SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE REVIEW

Take perfect staging, dynamic direction and a group of young men whose voices ring gloriously through an auditorium and one can only give Maltz Jupiter Theatre a grade of “A” for its unique world premiere musical set in a prep school, Academy…There is little doubt that other theatres all over the world will want to produce this show. It has a universal message about “honor” that will spread well beyond our border.” – Ron Levitt, FLORIDA MEDIA NEWS, ENV MAGAZINE

South Florida, get in your cars and drive to Jupiter with your college and/or high school students for a journey and lesson in morality. It’s well worth the cost of gas and ticket price…[They] might just have created a new Broadway smash hit. The pop-contemporary musical score is the award winner of this show. The lyrics and melodies will be recieved well by our youth and have already inspired young audiences from New York to South Korea.” – Richard Cameron, MIRACLE THEATRE EXAMINER

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AWARDS:

2011 Carbonell Awards:

NOMINATION FOR BEST MUSICAL

DIMF:

DAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL AWARD: BEST MUSICAL

NYMF :

DAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL PRODUCTION AWARD

NYMF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: MUSIC

NYMF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE.

ASCAP FOUNDATION COLE PORTER AWARD For Outstanding Music and Lyrics

NYMF AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION:

OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL

EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: LYRICS

EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION

MUSIC:

Songs recorded live at the Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF) in Daegu, South Korea.

Cast:  Antonio Addeo, Corey Boardman, Wilson Bridges, Andy Mientus, Aaron Riesebeck, Matthew Roscoe and Alex Wyse.

Musical Direction:  Alexander Rovang

01 Goodbye, Hello

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02 There Is a Spirit

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03 Without You

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04 The Good Life

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05 Wouldn’t Believe It

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06 A Little Company

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07 It Starts

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08 My Father

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09 Bells

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10 Walpurgis Nacht

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11 Perfect Day

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12 Poet

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13 I’ll Forget You

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14 Fearless

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