Project Springboard

Bhangin' It

Angel Desai performs a song from Bhangin It credit Chris Bergmann.jpg

Bhangin' It

2018

Bhangin’ It draws inspiration from the high-stakes world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra - a traditional Indian folk dance morphed into a good ole American dance-off. The story follows a biracial student, Mary, who gets kicked off her bhangra team for not being "Indian enough". When she forms a team of her own, cultural authenticity and cultural pluralism are set on a collision course in this brash, intoxicating and gripping new musical.

 
 

Creative Team

Book: Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew

Music AND lyrics:  Sam Wilmott

Choreographer:  Rujuta Vaidya

Director:  Amy Anders Corcoran

 Rehana Mirza, photo credit Christine Chambers

Rehana Mirza, photo credit Christine Chambers

Rehana Lew Mirza (co-book writer) Plays include: Hatefuck (readings: New Group, Colt Coeur/WP, Ma-Yi, Primary Stages; 2017 Kilroy); Ladybits (readings: Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, upcoming: Local Lab); A People’s Guide to History in the Time of Here and Now (workshops: Primary Stages, upcoming: PH School, Tisch); Soldier X(productions: Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College; 2015 Kilroy; NYSCA/Lark commission); Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct commission); Particles of Pakistan (E.S.T./Sloan commission); Lonely Leela(workshop prod: LPAC); Barriers(productions: Desipina, Asian American Theater Company).She shares a Mellon National Playwright residency with Mike Lew at Ma-Yi Theater and they are also artists in residence at La Jolla Playhouse where the two are commissioned. Additional honors: HBO Access Fellow, Colt Coeur artist residency, Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Play”), Orchard Project, Rhinebeck Residency and 3R program for Bhangin’ It (with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew), and a TCG/New Georges Fellowship.MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.  

 
 Mike Lew, photo credit Walter Kurtz

Mike Lew, photo credit Walter Kurtz

Mike Lew (co-book writer) Plays include Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi at the Public, Artists Rep, and Perseverance productions; Public Studio, O’Neill, OSF workshops), Tiger Style! (Olney, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill and CTG workshops), Bike America (Ma-Yi and Alliance productions), microcrisis (Ma-Yi, InterAct, and Next Act productions), Moustache Guys, and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It. He is a Tony voter and Dramatists Guild Council member. Honors include a Mellon National Playwrights Residency at Ma-Yi and La Jolla Playhouse Artist-in-Residence (both with Rehana Lew Mirza); Lark Venturous and NYFA fellowships; and the PEN Emerging Playwright, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Education: Juilliard, Yale. Website: mikelew.com.

 
 Samuel Willmott, photo credit Henry McGee

Samuel Willmott, photo credit Henry McGee

Sam Wilmott (composer/lyricist) is a New York City-based musical theater composer, lyricist and bookwriter whose other projects include Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!! (published by Playscripts); Yo, Vikings! (with lyricist Marcus Stevens, published by Samuel French); the mini-musical Scarlet Takes a Tumble; and additional lyrics for the stage adaptation of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Sam is the recipient of the Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Grant, ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson and Cole Porter Awards, the Fred Ebb Award, and others.  As an educator, Sam currently works as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools Program, and is a very proud contributing writer to the Korean children's language program, English Egg, for whom he has written over 140 songs.  He’s so excited to be part of Project Springboard with his Bhangin’ Itfam, as he loves dance musicals more than anything.  For more information, visit SamWillmott.com.

 
 Rujuta Vaidya, photo credit Manish Mavani

Rujuta Vaidya, photo credit Manish Mavani

Rujuta Vaidya (choreographer) is a NY-based, globally recognized Bollywood choreographer and has been responsible for some of the biggest Bollywood musical extravaganzas in the Hollywood entertainment industry. With choreography credits that include the Academy Awards 2009 – John Legend and AR Rahman’s Slumdog Millionaire performance, Britney Spears’ The Circus tour, Black Eyed Peas’ The End Tour, AR Rahman World Tour, Priyanka Chopra’s “In My City,” Sridevi’s English Vinglish and the Disney-released Cheetah Girls 3 – One World, Ruj has emerged as a leading influence in the world of contemporary Bollywood dance. . While her training includes a rigorous study in the classical forms such as Kathak and Bharatnatyam, Rujuta has fine-tuned her skills under the tutelage of famed hip-hop choreographer Fatima Robinson (choreographer for Michael Jackson, Prince, Fergie, and Rihanna) and the legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan (Tezaab, Mr. India, Devdas, Taare Zameen Par, etc) to develop her own spin on Bollywood dance. Ruj is currently represented by Bloc Agency. 

 
 Amy Anders Corcoran

Amy Anders Corcoran

Amy Anders Corcoran (director) currently works as the associate director on Escape to Margaritaville. She was the Resident Tour/Associate Director for Disney's Freaky Friday. Favorite directing/choreographing credits include: Unexpected Joy(Off-Broadway), 21 Chump Street (European Premiere), I Am My Own Wife(NYC site-specific production), Little WomenMr. BurnsCrazy for YouSmokey Joe’s Cafe, and Circle Mirror Transformation.  Her work has been seen at American Conservatory Theatre, the Guthrie, and Goodspeed, Asolo Rep, and in London and Canada. Amy specializes in new works, and works for London’s Aria Entertainment as the US Creative Associate and helps cultivate the festival From Page to Stage in London every year. Last summer, she directed four new musicals in the festival. Amy received the SDC Noël Coward Fellowship for Comedic Direction and holds a BA in Psychology with Honors from the University of Kansas and a MFA in Directing from Penn State University. Upcoming: Unexpected Joy, Southwark Playhouse, London.