Hooray for Bollywood! The off-Broadway musical Bunty Berman Presents…, starring Erick Avari and directed by Scott Elliott, begins performances at the Acorn Theatre on April 12, with an official opening set for May 9.
Set in a struggling 1950s Bollywood studio, with new songs in the style of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the New Group production tells the story of movie producer Bunty Berman (Avari), who has long been the toast of Bombay. But when Raj (Sorab Wadia), his biggest star and best friend, starts to lose his luster and their new movie bombs, Bunty must navigate through divas, mobsters and ambitious tea-boys to keep his studio alive.
In addition to Avari and Wadia, the cast features Raja Burrows, Nick Choksi, Sevan Greene, Lyn Philistine, Gayton Scott, Lipica Shah and Alok Tewari. The ensemble includes Katie Chung, Andrew Guilarte, Shoba Narayanan, Debargo Sanyal, Pallavi Sastry.
Bunty Berman Presents… features book and lyrics by Ayub Khan Din, music by Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev, choreography by Josh Prince, set design by Derek McLane, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by David Lander and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.