Bunty Berman: Erick Avari withdraws after injury

Erick Avari, who was to play the lead role in The New Group's world premiere production of the musical Bunty Berman Presents, has withdrawn from the production on doctors orders, after sustaining an injury from a fall during a rehearsals earlier this week. As a consequence preview production of the musical for the 19th, 20th and 22nd of April have been cancelled. No replacement for Avari has been announced.

Scott Elliott, The New Group's Artistic Director and director of Bunty Berman Presents said,

Erick's recovery is a foremost concern for all of us and he has our full support. I can't say enough about his commitment and contributions through rehearsals and early previews. He will be missed by everyone around the show.
Bunty Berman Presents... is a new musical with book & lyrics by Ayub Khan Din and music by Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev. Scott Elliott directs this world premiere. The musical has been in previews at Theatre Row's Acorn Theater since the 10 Apr 2013, where it is set to open on 09 May 2013 and run through to 01 Jun 2013.

In additoinal to Averi the cast includes Raja Burrows, Nick Choksi, Katie Chung, Sevan Greene, Andrew Guilarte, Shoba Narayanan, Lyn Philistine, Debargo Sanyal, Pallavi Sastry, Gayton Scott, Lipica Shah, Alok Tewari and Sorab Wadia.

Bunty Berman Presents is a musical comedy set in a failing 1950s Bollywood studio, with songs in the style of Hollywood's Golden Age, Movie producer Bunty Berman's studio has long been the toast of Bombay, but now Raj, his biggest star and best friend, is beginning to lose his lustre. When their new movie bombs, Bunty must navigate through divas, mobsters and ambitious tea-boys to keep his studio alive.

The creative team features sets by Derek McLane, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by David Lander and sound by ACME Sound Partners.

Erick Avari

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