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Review: ‘Bunty Berman Presents’ a Bollywood spoof

May 9, 2013 • Entertainment


This theater publicity photo released by Seven17 Public Relations shows Nick Choksi and Lipica Shah in the new musical comedy, “Bunty Berman Presents…” currently performing off-Broadway at The New Group at Theatre Row in New York. (AP Photo/Seven17 Public Relations, Monique Carboni)

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivier Award-winning playwright Ayub Khan Din’s new sunny musical comedy “Bunty Berman Presents…” is a cheerfully irreverent tribute to what’s often called the golden age of Indian cinema. That era encompassed colorful, melodramatic Bollywood movies circa the 1950s-early 1960s.

The New Group’s world premiere of this buoyant musical, with book and lyrics by Din, and music by Din and Paul Bogaev, opened Thursday night. Din lyrically imagines a failing Bombay film production company in 1957, Bunty Berman Productions, which must stumble farcically through a number of obstacles in hopes of making a successful new comeback movie.

TNG’s founding artistic director Scott Elliott stages over-the-top action that segues seamlessly into sprightly, inventive dance Login to read more

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