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Bhangin' It - La Jolla Playhouse, 2022

Bhangin' It - La Jolla Playhouse, 2022

Bilaal Avaz and T.I.G.R.E.S. (LJP 2022)

Bilaal Avaz and T.I.G.R.E.S. (LJP 2022)

Ari Afsar, Jaya Joshi and Company (LJP 2022)

Ari Afsar, Jaya Joshi and Company (LJP 2022)

The ELU Bhangra Wood Ducks (LJP 2022)

The ELU Bhangra Wood Ducks (LJP 2022)

Ari Afsar and Alka Nayyar (LJP 2022)

Ari Afsar and Alka Nayyar (LJP 2022)

Alka Nayyar and Company (LJP 2022)

Alka Nayyar and Company (LJP 2022)

Brandon Contreras and Ari Afsar (LJP 2022)

Brandon Contreras and Ari Afsar (LJP 2022)

Alka Nayyar and Company (LJP 2022)

Alka Nayyar and Company (LJP 2022)

Company (LJP 2022)

Company (LJP 2022)

Find your beat. Find your team. Find yourself.

Winner of the 2019 Richard Rodgers Award, Bhangin' It is an exhilarating new musical set in the high stakes world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra: a Punjabi folk dance morphed into a good old fashioned dance-off.

Bhangin' It had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, and will have its East Coast premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company (Boston) this fall!

Check out this fab coverage by Ashely Lee in the LA Times, Michael Paulson in the New York Times, and Hafsa Fathima on NPR Weekend Edition!

"Bhangin’ It manages to pull off [nuance] and more, without any kind of diluting. It presents multiple sides of complex discussions around cultural identity without declaring a definitive winner, incorporates deeply rooted South Asian art forms into an American musical... and genuinely addresses these topics and conversations without sacrificing story, character or crowd-pleasing humor."

   -- Ashley Lee, LA Times

THE TEAM...

Featuring music, lyrics, and co-dance and vocal arrangements by Sam, the creative team includes:

THE HISTORY...

Bhangin' It's generous developmental homes include La Jolla Playhouse, the Jerome Robbins Foundation's Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's Triple R Program for two readings and a residency and Rhinebeck's summertime Writers Retreat, as well as the Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab and The Orchard Project.

THE STORY...

East Lansing University senior Mary Darshini Clarke has spent her entire life trying to figure out where she fits in, and she has always found community dancing on the school’s prestigious bhangra team. But when she becomes the self-appointed captain of a new team of enthusiastic novices more interested in making friends than the right moves, Mary quickly learns that carving out her own path complicates her journey. As the pressure of the big national competition approaches, can both teams learn what makes them unique could actually be the key to their success? Bursting with vibrant dance and electrifying music, Bhangin' It is an exhilarating and joyous new musical comedy for America today.