Winner of the 2019 Richard Rodgers Award and premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2022, Bhangin' It is an exhilarating new musical set in the high stakes world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra: a Panjabi folk dance morphed into a good old fashioned dance-off.
Brash, intoxicating and joyous, Bhangin' It is a musical about dancing to your own beat and a celebration of what America looks like today.
Mary, a college student with a white American father and an Indian mother, thinks she’s got all the right moves on the Bengal Tigers Bhangra team – but when she introduces new elements into the traditional dance, not everyone is a fan. As a result, Mary is abruptly booted off the Tigers, and she decides to put together a multicultural, eclectic team whose only criteria for joining is a desire to dance. But will a math whiz, a GoPro-wearing chemistry major, a fashionista and a Baby Boomer professor stand a chance against the defending champions?
Featuring music and lyrics by Sam, the creative team includes:
acclaimed Bollywood, Bhangra and Kathak choreographer Rujuta Vaidya,
director Amy Corcoran (Freaky Friday),
co-orchestrations and additional music by Grammy-nomimated multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh,
music direction by Madeline Benson (We Live in Cairo, Waitress)
and Bhangra Specialist Anushka Pushpala (Artistic Director of Bhangra Empire)
Bhangin' It's generous developmental homes have included 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.
Check out this sneak peak vid!