Casting has been announced for the world-premiere musical Bunty Berman Presents…, penned by Olivier Award nominee Ayub Khan Din and Grammy and Emmy Award winner Paul Bogaev, which will begin performances April 10 at Off-Broadway's Acorn Theatre under the wing of The New Group. Erick Avari plays the title role, an Indian film producer at the end of his rope.
New Group artistic director Scott Elliott will stage the musical that officially opens May 9 for a run through June 1. Set in a 1950s Bollywood studio and incorporating music inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, Bunty Berman Presents... has book and lyrics by Din (the playwright of East Is East and Rafta, Rafta...), with music by Din and veteran Broadway conductor-musical director Bogaev (Aida, Les Miserables, Bombay Dreams, "Chicago"). Josh Prince will choreograph with musical direction by Boko Suzuki.
The cast features Erick Avari as Bunty Berman, Raja Burrows, Nick Choksi, Katie Chung, Sevan Greene, Andrew Guilarte, Shoba Narayanan, Lyn Philistine, Debargo Sanyal, Pallavi Sastry, Gayton Scott, Lipica Shah, Alok Tewari and Sorab Wadia.
According to the New Group, "Movie producer Bunty Berman has long been the toast of Bombay, but now Raj, his biggest star and best friend, is beginning to lose his lustre. When their new movie bombs, Bunty must navigate through divas, mobsters and ambitious tea-boys to keep his studio alive."
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You