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Manu Narayan

 
Bio:
Manu Narayan made his Broadway debut as Akaash, the romantic lead in the A.R. Rahman/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams in 2004, for which he received a Drama League Award nomination. A musical based on the popular cinema of India, Bollywood, Bombay Dreams was the first musical on Broadway ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Manu Narayan made his Broadway debut as Akaash, the romantic lead in the A.R. Rahman/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams in 2004, for which he received a Drama League Award nomination. A musical based on the popular cinema of India, Bollywood, Bombay Dreams was the first musical on Broadway ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2021
Theo [Replacement]
  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking original album of Tommy, 2019
Uncle Ernie
  [Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Guest Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2018
Dr. Rummesh "Robbie" Patel
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2018
Zoltan Karpathy
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Norman
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Cab Driver/Craig/Nilesh
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Sidd [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2004
Akaash
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Second Hunter

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Alto Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2021
Theo [Replacement]

  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking original album of Tommy, 2019
Uncle Ernie

  [Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway Production, 2019
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Guest Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2018
Dr. Rummesh "Robbie" Patel

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2018
Zoltan Karpathy

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Norman

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Cab Driver/Craig/Nilesh

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Sidd [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2004
Akaash

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Second Hunter

Productions

Alto Saxophone

Soprano Saxophone

Manu Narayan Biography

Manu Narayan made his Broadway debut as Akaash, the romantic lead in the A.R. Rahman/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams in 2004, for which he received a Drama League Award nomination. A musical based on the popular cinema of India, Bollywood, Bombay Dreams was the first musical on Broadway ever to be composed by an Indian and starring an all South Asian cast. Narayan was nominated for a 2012 San Diego Critics Circle nomination in the category of Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male for his turn as Ricky Roma in the Fall 2012 production of La Jolla Playhouse's revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross.

Highlights from Narayan's stage career include the male leads in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare & Company); Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink (Wilma Theatre); Rostand's Cyrano, Sheridan's The Rivals, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Boys from Syracuse (Baltimore CenterStage), and in The People Next Door (Yale Repertory Theatre). He appeared in Second Stage's Off Broadway Revival of Eric Bogosian's subUrbia; the world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A at the New York Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theatre; the Kennedy Center's revival of Terrence McNally's The Lisbon Traviata; the musical Yeast Nation (NY Fringe Fest La MaMa) from the creators of Urinetown; and the national tour of Miss Saigon.

Other regional credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare & Company); Metamorphoses (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Winter's Tale (Missouri Rep); and Les Miserables (St. Louis MUNY).

On film, Narayan is best known for co-starring as Rajneesh with Mike Myers, in the Paramount Pictures comedy The Love Guru.

Narayan stars as the romantic lead in Sudhish Kamath's Good Night|Good Morning, which he co-produced, and Shailja Gupta's Walkaway. He recently co-starred with Lucy Hale in the Warner Brothers/ABC Family comedy A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, is featured in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender; and co-starred with Canadian Comic Russell Peters in Quarterlife Crisis (Showtime). His guest starring appearances on TV include "Unforgettable" (CBS), "Rubicon" (AMC), "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime), "The Sopranos" (HBO), "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC),"Cashmere Mafia" (ABC), "Lipstick Jungle"(NBC).

Narayan, whose other love has always been music, is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, plays classical and Indian Classical saxophone, and is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music.

In 2003, he was invited to sing at a small state dinner for the first official visit of President George W. Bush to the UK. Narayan sang for and met the Queen of England, The Royal Family, President Bush and Colin Powell. He has had the privilege to sing for then Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign sponsored by Hillary Clinton as well as elsewhere with Cyndi Lauper, Garth Hudson and Martha Wainwright. As a recording artist, Narayan has collaborated on and recorded original and cover tracks for feature film soundtracks including The Love Guru, Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Hiding Divya, Good Night|Good Morning, Walkaway and Vanessa Williams' And Then Came Love. Narayan collaborated with Grammy winner Frank London numerous times around the world, most recently recording and performing for his Soundbrush records' Klezmer concept album A Night in the Old Marketplace. As the lead vocalist, Narayan has performed the concert version of the album throughout Europe and North America.

He is currently working on a new Klezmer/Desi collaboration with London and master percussionist Deep Singh, whom he performed with in Bombay Dreams.

Narayan is lead singer of the band Darunam with Radovan Jovicevic, founding member of Yugoslavia's Grupa Zana. The band brings together the melodies and rhythms from three homelands: America, India, and Serbia. Their album of Electronic Lounge/World Gypsy music with Canadian Clarinetist Milan Milosevic entitled The Last Angel on Earth was released live on CBC national radio in Canada in 2010 and is available on itunes.

Narayan currently serves as a Trustee on the board of Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater.




Manu Narayan News

VIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Takes Final Bows Photo VIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Takes Final Bows
by BWW Staff - Jul 31, 2022

COMPANY on Broadway took its final bow on Sunday, July 31. Watch the final curtain call including appearances by director Marianne Elliot and producer Chris Harper. 

COMPANY Takes Its Final Bow Today With Plans for A North American Tour Photo COMPANY Takes Its Final Bow Today With Plans for A North American Tour
by Grace Cutler - Jul 31, 2022

COMPANY on Broadway takes its final bow today, July 31st at 2pm. This gender-swapped revival received five 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Upon closing, this revival of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s COMPANY will have played 300 performances (268 regular performances and 32 previews).

Amas Musical Theatre Lab Will Present Staged Readings Of 'MÄ€YÄ€ - A New Musical in A Photo Amas Musical Theatre Lab Will Present Staged Readings Of 'MÄ€YÄ€ - A New Musical in August
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2022

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present staged readings of MÄ€YÄ€, a new musical, with book and music by Eric Sorrels and book and lyrics by Cheeyang Ng.

Jeff Kready Will Play David in COMPANY, Opposite Real-Life Wife Nikki Renee Daniels Photo Jeff Kready Will Play David in COMPANY, Opposite Real-Life Wife Nikki Renee Daniels
by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2022

Jeff Kready has announced that he will temporarily be taking over the role of David in Company on Broadway, from July 5-24. He will be playing the onstage husband of his real-life wife, Nikki Renee Daniels, who plays the role of Jenny.

COMPANY Sets Summer Closing on Broadway; Show to Tour in 2023-24 Photo COMPANY Sets Summer Closing on Broadway; Show to Tour in 2023-24
by BWW Staff - Jun 21, 2022

The thrilling revival of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s Company, which is the most honored musical of the Broadway season receiving every major award for Best Musical Revival including the 2022 Tony Award, will play its final performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Sunday, July 31 at 2 PM. A North American tour of Company is planned for the 2023-2024 season.

Photos: COMPANY Cast Celebrates 5 Tony Wins! Photo Photos: COMPANY Cast Celebrates 5 Tony Wins!
by Katherine Lee - Jun 13, 2022

Last night, the company of Company had lots to celebrate! The show won five awards at the 75th Annual Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. After the festivities wrapped up at Radio City Music Hall, the cast and creatives, along with friends and other members of the Company team, got together to toast the show's success. 

From the Winner's Circle: COMPANY Producer Chris Harper Talks Sondheim Memories and M Photo From the Winner's Circle: COMPANY Producer Chris Harper Talks Sondheim Memories and More
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 12, 2022

Company has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, watch as producer Chris Harper talks to the press.

COMPANY Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical Photo COMPANY Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Company has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

VIDEO: Matt Doyle Talks Representing Mental Health Struggles in COMPANY on CBS MORNIN Photo VIDEO: Matt Doyle Talks Representing Mental Health Struggles in COMPANY on CBS MORNINGS
by Michael Major - Jun 10, 2022

Doyle discussed how he reacted to his recent Tony nomination for the performance, why Sondheim is the 'Shakespeare' of our time, and how they re-imagined Jamie for the new revival of Company. The interview also featured footage of Doyle performing 'Getting Married Today' and commentary from his Company co-star, Patti LuPone.

VIDEO: Watch Patti LuPone Perform a Dramatic Reading of Stephen Colbert's 'Meanwhile' Photo VIDEO: Watch Patti LuPone Perform a Dramatic Reading of Stephen Colbert's 'Meanwhile' Segment on THE LATE SHOW
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2022

During Patti LuPone's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month, she filmed an exclusive video, which has now been posted to the show's YouTube channel! In the video, LuPone performs a dramatic reading of an excerpt of one of Colbert's 'Meanwhile' segments.

Manu Narayan Videos

VIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Takes Final Bows VideoVIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Takes Final Bows
by BWW Staff - Jul 31, 2022

COMPANY on Broadway took its final bow on Sunday, July 31. Watch the final curtain call including appearances by director Marianne Elliot and producer Chris Harper. 

VIDEO: Matt Doyle Talks Representing Mental Health Struggles in COMPANY on CBS MORNIN VideoVIDEO: Matt Doyle Talks Representing Mental Health Struggles in COMPANY on CBS MORNINGS
by Michael Major - Jun 10, 2022

Doyle discussed how he reacted to his recent Tony nomination for the performance, why Sondheim is the 'Shakespeare' of our time, and how they re-imagined Jamie for the new revival of Company. The interview also featured footage of Doyle performing 'Getting Married Today' and commentary from his Company co-star, Patti LuPone.

VIDEO: Watch Patti LuPone Perform a Dramatic Reading of Stephen Colbert's 'Meanwhile' VideoVIDEO: Watch Patti LuPone Perform a Dramatic Reading of Stephen Colbert's 'Meanwhile' Segment on THE LATE SHOW
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2022

During Patti LuPone's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month, she filmed an exclusive video, which has now been posted to the show's YouTube channel! In the video, LuPone performs a dramatic reading of an excerpt of one of Colbert's 'Meanwhile' segments.

VIDEO: Patti LuPone Performs 'Ladies Who Lunch' From COMPANY on THE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Patti LuPone Performs 'Ladies Who Lunch' From COMPANY on THE LATE SHOW
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2022

Patti LuPone took the stage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where she performed 'Ladies Who Lunch' from Company. Watch the video here!

VIDEO: COMPANY Cast Performs Title Song on The TODAY SHOW VideoVIDEO: COMPANY Cast Performs Title Song on The TODAY SHOW
by Michael Major - May 4, 2022

TODAY's Best of Broadway Week continues with Company performing the title song. The performance included Katrina Lenk,  Matt Doyle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Terence Archie, Etai Benson, Bobby Conte, Nikki Renée Daniels, Claybourne Elder, Greg Hildreth, Manu Narayan as Theo, Rashidra Scott, and Anisha Nagarajan.

VIDEO: Katrina Lenk Performs 'Being Alive' From COMPANY on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYER VideoVIDEO: Katrina Lenk Performs 'Being Alive' From COMPANY on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
by Stephi Wild - Apr 22, 2022

Katrina Lenk took the stage to perform 'Being Alive' from Company on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS. Watch the full video!

VIDEO: Patti LuPone Talks Theatre Etiquette at COMPANY, EVITA & More on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Patti LuPone Talks Theatre Etiquette at COMPANY, EVITA & More on THE VIEW
by Michael Major - Mar 17, 2022

Patti LuPone sat down with the women of The View this morning to discuss starring in Company on Broadway. LuPone, who recently returned to the production after being diagnosed with COVID-19, discussed her first bow back at Company in which she was hit with roses by an audience member. Watch the complete interview now!

VIDEO: Patti LuPone on Returning to COMPANY After Having COVID VideoVIDEO: Patti LuPone on Returning to COMPANY After Having COVID
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 9, 2022

Patti LuPone returned to Company on Broadway last night, March 8, after missing ten performances after contracting COVID-19. Footage has been released of LuPone's first bow back, plus a clip of her speaking about what it was like to return to the stage.

VIDEO: Claybourne Elder Talks Paying It Forward Through COMPANY Tickets on PIX11 VideoVIDEO: Claybourne Elder Talks Paying It Forward Through COMPANY Tickets on PIX11
by Michael Major - Jan 17, 2022

Claybourne Elder appeared on Pix11 this morning to discuss starring in Company on Broadway and how he is paying it forward by giving audience members the opporunity to win free tickets to performances after a stranger gave him the money to see Patti LuPone in Sweeney Todd. Elder also discusses his role on HBO Max's new series, The Gilded Age.

VIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Releases 'Message from Our Queen Patti LuPone' VideoVIDEO: COMPANY on Broadway Releases 'Message from Our Queen Patti LuPone'
by Team BWW - Dec 31, 2021

COMPANY on Broadway has released a message from their queen (ok, and ours too), Patti LuPone celebrating that Broadway is open and the lights are on. Watch below!


Manu Narayan Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Manu Narayan been in?
Manu Narayan has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Manu Narayan been in?
Manu Narayan has not appeared in the West End