Abingdon Theatre Company is set to stage the New York premiere of The Boy Who Danced On Air, a musical love story set in rural Afghanistan. Reprising their roles from the world premiere in San Diego will be Troy Iwata and The Band’s Visit’s Jonathan Raviv.
The Boy Who Danced On Air features music by Tim Rosser and a book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, the winners of 2015 Jonathan Larson and Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Awards. Performances will begin May 15 in the June Havoc Theatre prior to an official opening May 25. Tony Speciale will direct.
Rounding out the cast of the Off-Broadway engagement will be Osh Ghanimah, Deven Kolluri, and Nikhil Saboo.
The Boy Who Danced On Air follows the chance meeting of Paiman (to be played by Iwata) and Feda (to be played by Saboo), who spent their childhoods as bacha bazi dancers—a world where wealthy men take in boys from poor families and often abuse them. The show is a musical fable about love, tradition, morality, and the strength of the human spirit.
The production will feature music direction by David Gardos, choreography by Nejla Yatkin, scenic design by Christopher Swader and Justin Swader, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Wen-Ling Liao, sound design by Justin Graziani, props by Jerry Marsini, casting by Karie Koppel, and fight direction by Dan Renkin. Associate director is Zi Alikhan and production consultant is Mejgan Afshan. Christopher Flores is production stage Manager, and Michelle Viteri is assistant stage manager.
The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, New York. For tickets and more information, visit AbingdonTheatre.org or call (212) 352-3101.