Last night, I got a taste of Christmas in June, Desi style, at The Wild Project in the East Village, where Bakwas Bumbug, an electrifying musical reinvention of A Christmas Carol, told thru the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America, composed by Samrat Chakrabarti and featuring a book and lyrics by Sanjiv Jhaveri and Samrat Chakrabarti, is being presented as a 70 minute workshop production through June 26, 2011.
Presented by Desipina and Co. (Rehana Lew Mirza, Artistic Director & Rohi Mirza Pandya, Producing Director), Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Bakwas Bumbug is a delicious treat, poignant, touching, and laugh out loud funny.
Bakwas Bumbug , the first Indian American full length musical written, composed & performed by the Diaspora, has a raw in-your-face energy that combines the angst of shows like RENT and AMERICAN IDIOT with an Eastern melodic flair. The very talented cast of this Popera (pop opera) includes Kiarri D. Andrews, J. Kaitlin Becker, Christian Carter, Nick Choksi, Andrew Guilarte, Ryan Kim, Roopa Mahadevan and Lipica Shah. Equally interesting to watch is Samrat Chakrabarti who co-wrote the book and lyrics and composed the score, playing the keys without sheet music and orchestrating the show.
Bakwas Bumbug also features Shiv on the drums and Tony in the booth. The creative team includes lighting design by Jeff McCrum, costume design by Jenny Fisher and set design by Shehab Hossain.
Thanks also to Chakrabarti and Jhaveri who allowed me to come photodocument their rehearsal of Bakwas Bumbug for my collection at The Library of Congress, The Lia Chang Asian Pacific American Theater Photography and Other Works Portfolio. Some of the photos from rehearsal will be on display at The Library of Congress from July 23-30, 2011 in Washington D.C.
Bakwas Bumbug played five workshop performances and the creators hope to bring it back as a mainstage production at the end of the year. I look forward to the next installment.
Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Desipina & Co presents Samrat Chakrabarti & Sanjiv Jhaveri’s “Bakwas Bumbug” at The Wild Project, 6/22-26
Photos: Samrat Chakrabarti, Soham Mehta and Shiva Shankar Bajpai at the New York Indian Film Festival
Click here for other articles on Samrat Chakrabarti.
Multimedia: The River Crosses Rivers Opening Night Photos
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