Video from the Jerome Robbins Foundation's Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals, at Lincoln Center's New York City Ballet Studios, June 2018
Bhangin' It is the 2019 Richard Rodgers Award-winning new musical about the dizzyingly high-stakes world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra - a traditional Indian folk dance morphed into a good ole American dance-off. When biracial Mary is kicked off her bhangra team for not being "Indian enough," she and her roommate Sunita form a ragtag team of their own, setting cultural authenticity and cultural pluralism on a collision course.
Featuring music and lyrics by Sam, the creative team includes award-winning playwrights Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew, acclaimed Bollywood, Bhangra and Kathak choreographer Rujuta Vaidya, director Amy Corcoran (Freaky Friday), arrangements, percussion and music production by Grammy-nomimated multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh, Music Supervisor Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away) and Music Director Madeline Smith (Waitress).
Bhangin' It's generous developmental homes have included La Jolla Playhouse (2019, 2018), the Jerome Robbins Foundation's Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals (2018), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's Triple R Program for two readings and a residency (2017) AND Rhinebeck's summertime Writers Retreat (2015), as well as the Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Musicals (2018), Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab (2015) and The Orchard Project (2015).