BUMBUG The Musical: First Full-Length Musical Authored and Produced by Indian-American diaspora Opens in New York City

Andrew Guilarte as
Andrew Guilarte as "Scroogewala" and Lipica Shah as "Sunita" in "BUMBUG, The Musical". Photo: John

BUMBUG, The Musical - PosterNew York, NY, Dec 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) BUMBUG The Musical is the first full length musical authored and produced by the Indian-American diaspora in New York City.

A new Rock Opera by Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, BUMBUG The Musical directed by Mercedes Murphy is an electrifying musical reinvention of "A Christmas Carol" told through the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America.

The 75-minute production stars Kiarri Andrews, Andrew Guilarte, Brooke Ishibashi, Matthew Knowland, Adrienne C. Moore, Debargo Sanyal, Lipica Shah and Falu. Guilarte, Ishibashi, Knowland, Moore, Sanyal and Shah are performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association in the AEA approved showcase.

The Musical revolves around the character of Scroogewala essayed by Andrew Guilarte. Like so many immigrants, the disillusioned Deli-owner left his motherland years ago to pursue the American dream. Amidst his battle with holiday merriment, Scroogewala is visited by a motley crew of misfits who remind him that love, loss and laughter are all a part of that dream he'd almost given up on.

Samrat Musical Directing -Samrat Chakrabarti (Book, Lyrics, Music, Keyboard, Musical Director)
Samrat Chakrabarti (Book, Lyrics, Music, Keyboard, Musical Director)

The band includes Samrat Chakrabarti (keys), Ranjit Arapurakal (guitar), Konrad Payne (bass) and Shiv Puri (percussion).

The Band

BUMBUG The Musical, general managed by Darling & Company, features scenic design by Mercedes Murphy, lighting design by D.M. Wood, and costume design by Amanda Seymour.

SAMRAT CHAKRABARTI (Book, Lyrics, Music) is an award-winning actor and internationally acclaimed musician. His musical collaborators include: Robert Brustein (founder of Yale Repertory Theatre & American Repertory Theatre), Sabir Khan (son of musical maestro Ustad Sultan Khan), Jared Stein (from the Broadway show American Idiot), Deborah S. Craig (from the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Roopak Ahuja (from the band, House Jacks), Jerold E. Solomon (from the Broadway show South Pacific), Meetu Chilana (from Cirque Du Soleil), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (from the upcoming Broadway show Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots), Manu Narayan (from the Broadway show Bombay Dreams), Eric Pillai (Music Producer of Anurag Kashyap's film Gangs Of Wasseypur), Shabbir Ahmed (Award winning Bollywood Lyricist), DJ Suketu, DJ Aqeel, John Clark, Ajay Naidu and others. Chakrabarti has also composed music for over a dozen films, including, Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Soham Mehta's Student OSCAR winning film: Fatakra (Firecracker), Rachel Greenberger's The Only Thing, Rehana Mirza’s Hiding Divya, Ted Wallach’s Oil: A Love Story, Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color, and Manish Acharya’s Loins of Punjab Presents. He is the recipient of a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song for his composition “What’s It all About” and the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers in the category of Film, TV and Drama, for his outstanding body of work as an actor. Samrat holds a MFA in Acting from the A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theater School Program at Harvard University.

SANJIV JHAVERI (Book, Lyrics) is a veteran actor of TV, Film, and the Theatre. Film: Manish Acharya's Loins of Punjab Presents (with scenes opposite the legendary Shabana Azmi); Walkaway, Shailja Gupta's debut film. Television: All the series of Law and Order (NBC), Conviction (NBC), Rescue Me (FX), and 3 Pilots, Drift, Hate, and the Tim Robbins directed Possible Side Effects.  Regional Theatre:  Yale Rep, Washington D.C.'s award-winning StudioTheatre, and Missouri Rep.  In New York City: The Play Company (Sakharam Binder), the Lark Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and the Hypothetical Theatre Company.  Director: Desipina Production of "7-11", seven 11-minute plays set in a convenience store, in 2007.  Writer:  Collaborations with Samrat Chakrabarti to write 3 mini musicals A Very Desi Christmas, Soonderella, and Who Killed Mr. Naidu First?  A Very Desi Christmas has grown into a full-length musical, called Bakwas Bumbug, which has been workshopped with Desipina, receiving a workshop production at the Wild Project in 2011.  He has also worked as an accent/dialect coach.  Audiobooks: Audible.com and Brilliance Audio. Titles include: Confessions of a Thug, Alif The Unseen, The Truth About Me and Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke.

Director Mercedes Murphy and Actress Adrienne C. Moore
Director Mercedes Murphy (left) and Adrienne C. Moore

MERCEDES MURPHY (Director) is a veteran of the Theater business as a  Director, Artistic Director, Writer, and Designer. She has directed theater and dance at various venues including the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, Lincoln Center, PS 122, the Vineyard Theater, the Market Theater, the C. Walsh Theater and the American Repertory Theatre. In addition, her works have also toured throughout Europe. Mercedes has worked as an Art Director for music videos and collaborated with artists including Coleman Hough, Jody Oberfelder, Robert Woodruff, Jay Scheib and John Bucchino. For two years, she was the resident director at the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative in Boston. She is the Founding and Artistic Director of Théâtre Trouvé and has taught at the New York Film Academy and Harvard University. Currently, Mercedes is a professor at Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre.

Kiarri AndrewsLipica ShahDebargo Sanyal
Kiarri Andrews (Reveler/Ensemble), Lipica Shah (Sunita) and Debargo Sanyal (Bhavesh)

Presented by LAUGHistan, the Musical will play a limited engagement at The Clurman Theatre (Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Wednesday, December 5 and continue through Saturday, December 22. Opening Night is Saturday, December 15 (8 p.m.). Tickets are available at www.Telecharge.com or by phone 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

LAUGHistan is a production company dedicated to bringing contemporary works of theater and film into the mainstream with a strong emphasis on preserving authenticity.

Who: LAUGHistan
What: BUMBUG The Musical
Where: The Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St
When: Dec 5 - 22
How: www.telecharge.com