Monsoon Wedding Kicks Off Developmental Lab Today

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The Bollywood musical is receiving a three-week lab ahead of its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.
Shefali Shetty in the 2001 film <i>Monsoon Wedding</i>
Shefali Shetty in the 2001 film Monsoon Wedding

Ahead of its recently announced world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre next season, the Broadway-bound Bollywood musical Monsoon Wedding kicks off a three-week developmental lab in New York May 30. The new stage musical, which received a developmental lab earlier this year, is an adaptation of the award-winning film of the same name.

The lab is scheduled to run through June 17. Dates for the Berkeley Rep debut are yet to be announced.

Mira Nair, who directed the acclaimed 2001 film version, returns to helm the stage musical. The show features a book by screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan, music by Vishal Bhardwaj and lyrics by Tony nominee Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam.) Andy Einhorn is music director, and Sarna Lapine is associate director.

The production also received a workshop in New York last September. Producers Margo Lion, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, and Colin Callender are also attached to the project.

The Golden Globe-nominated film Monsoon Wedding follows the stress, joy, gossip and wonder surrounding the preparations of an extravagant arranged marriage in India. Watch the film's trailer below:

In Monsoon Wedding “the perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an American guy she’s never met,“ state Berkeley Rep press notes. “But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for melodrama, love, hope, and a whole lot of rain.“

(Updated May 30)

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