Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces
Taj Express spins and sparkles into Pittsburgh!
November 6, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | Byham Theater
“Big-Hearted Bollywood Razzle-Dazzle.”
-London Evening Standard
“Triumphant! Beautiful! Flawless!”
Pittsburgh, PA - After numerous sold-out international tours, song-and-dance spectacular, TAJ EXPRESS – THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL, returns to North America, making a splash in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, November 6, the cultural phenomenon will take over the Byham Theater with explosive dances, eye-catching costumes, and an endearing love story told in a way only Bollywood could dream up. Tickets are now on sale.
Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman, TAJ EXPRESS answers the age-old question: do you think with your head or with your heart? The musical explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Told through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation has captivated audiences from London to Hong Kong (and everywhere in between) on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society.
TAJ EXPRESS is choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant (Sultan, Befikre, Tiger Zinda Hai, Loveyatri) and directed by Shruti Merchant (Dhoom, Lakshya, Baghban, Devdas). They are joined by Toby Gough (writer), Salim and Sulaiman Merchant (music composers), Abhijit Vaghani (musical director), and Bipin Tanna (costume designer). Pranav Merchant serves as executive producer.
Leading the cast are some of Bollywood’s biggest film stars: Mr. Ninad Samaddar Shankar, Mr. Rajitdev Easwardas (as Arjun) and Ms. Tanvi Patil (as Kareena Kaboom). They are joined by a company of eighteen dancers, plus Chandan Raina on guitar, Prathamesh Kandalkar on percussion and Avadhoot Phadke on flute.
The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series features an exceptional season of dazzling area premieres, returning favorites, and one-of-a-kind performances for all ages. Featuring music, dance, comedy, theater, and everything in between, the Series brings an array of national and international award-winning performers to the Cultural Trust’s unique stages. Cohen & Grigsby has been the presenting sponsor of the Trust Presents Series since the 2008-2009 season. TrustArts.org
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment and residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. TrustArts.org | @CulturalTrust on Facebook · Instagram · Twitter