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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 Photos


Transport Group Off-Broadway Production, 2022

Broadway Revival, 2021
Theo [Replacement]

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

Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway Production, 2019

Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Guest Performer

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

Broadway Revival, 2018
Zoltan Karpathy


Cab Driver/Craig/Nilesh

Sidd [Replacement]

Broadway Production, 2004

Second Hunter

Manu Narayan Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Alto Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone

Manu Narayan Movies

[2006]Hiding Divya Irfana Auntie's'son

[2006]Quarter Life Crisis Jonathan

[2008]The Love Guru Rajneesh

[2009]Three (Teen) Brother

[2010]Walkaway Darius

[2010]The Last Airbender Fire Nation Head Prison Guard

[2010]Good Night Good Morning Turiya

[2014]99 Homes Khanna Vesic

[2019]The Assistant Amir

[2022]Anything's Possible San

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John Cariani, Heather Ayers & More to be Featured in TALE AS OLD AS TIME: THE SONGS OF HOWARD ASHMAN at 92NY

The 92nd Street Y, New York is presenting the Lyrics and Lyricists 2023/24 season opener Tale as Old as Time: The Songs of Howard Ashman. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Eli Bolin Comes to SOPAC With Kara Lindsay, Christiane Noll, Charlie Pollock, and More

The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s (SOPAC) popular Cabaret in the Loft series returns on Sunday, October 1 at 7PM with Emmy-nominated composer Eli Bolin’s group show Eli Bolin Has No Friends. Learn more about the upcoming performance and how to get tickets here!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld, August 16th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is August 16, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours: 

Jeremy Jordan, Mandy Gonzalez, Kara Lindsay, and More Join BROADWAY IN THE PARK at SOMA Stage

SOMA Stage will present the return of Broadway in the Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th at 4:30pm.  The concert will take place at the Memorial Park Amphitheater in Maplewood, NJ, just a 35-minute train ride from NYC. 

Erika Henningsen, Kyle Selig, Jane Bruce and More Join THE DARK LADY at The 2023 National Music Theatre Conference

The musical The Dark Lady (with book and lyrics by Sophie Boyce and music by Veronica Mansour) is being developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, as part of their 2023 National Music Theater Conference.

Review: Pittsburgh CLO's INTO THE WOODS Restores the Weirdness at Benedum Center

Forty years of productions and a Disney movie have made the show cuddly, but this CLO production restores the weirdness and wackiness at the show's edges.

Video: First Look at Patti Murin, Carolee Carmello & More in INTO THE WOODS at Pittsburgh CLO

Get a first look at footage of Patti Murin, Carolee Carmello and more in Into the Woods at Pittsburgh CLO!

Carolee Carmello, Patti Murin, Frenchie Davis & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's 2023 Summer of Musicals

As the curtain is about to rise on Pittsburgh CLO's 2023 Summer of Musicals at the Benedum Center between June 13 - August 27, 2023, now is your chance to meet the cast and creative teams!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of GOD OF CARNAGE at Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Check out photos from opening night of God of Carnage at Theater Breaking Through Barriers!

Fiasco Theater Will Present Benefit Concert, IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING

Fiasco Theater will present a benefit concert, It Might As Well Be Spring, on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 6 pm at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The event will support Fiasco's artistic and educational programming, ranging from the company's Conservatory training program to the development of new shows and productions, as well as efforts to increase access to theater and theater education through ticket subsidies and training scholarships.

Photos: On the Red Carpet of PETER PAN GOES WRONG Opening Night

Check out photos from the opening night red carpet of Peter Pan Goes Wrong!

Georgia Mendes Brings GRATTITUDE 2.0 to The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room presents rising star Georgia Mendes in GRATTITUDE 2.0 on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 at 9:30pm.Georgia has been on the hunt for Gratitude, and now she's learning what it feels like to finally be in it.

Viola Davis, Jeremy Shamos, Nina Hellman & More to Join Brooklyn Children's Theatre Gala

On April 25, Viola Davis will join Brooklyn Children's Theatre for a night of music and celebration to support musical theatre scholarships for hundreds of Brooklyn children.

Will Branner, Mamie Parris, Gizel Jimenez & More to Star in MYTHIC Staged Reading

SHO Productions will present a staged reading of MYTHIC: A New Musical, which will be held on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24.

Chilina Kennedy, Van Hughes & More to Star in Reading of New Larry Kirwan Musical IRAQI ROSE

A by invitation only reading OF Iraqi Rose will take place on January 27th, 2023 at The Irish Arts Center in New York City directed by Barros.

Video: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY

Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy has at last arrived on Broadway. BroadwayWorld is taking you to the red carpet in this video!

Photos: Go Inside BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Opening Night

See photos of the stars arriving at opening night of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy, and get a look inside the party! 

Video: A Crash Course on MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Something is stirring! As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along will transfer to Broadway in Fall 2023. Want to know more about the show? We've got you covered wit these videos!

Photos: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of AIN'T NO MO'

See photos from the opening night red carpet of Ain't No Mo'! The cast includes Jordan E. Cooper as Peaches, Fedna Jacquet (Passenger #1), Marchánt Davis (Passenger #2), Shannon Matesky (Passenger #3), and more.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of A DELICATE BALANCE Off-Broadway

Transport Group in partnership with National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) is presenting Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4 Street. Check out photos from opening night here!


Manu Narayan has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

Manu Narayan has not appeared in the West End

Manu Narayan's next show will be A Delicate Balance which opens on 11/6/2022 on Off-Broadway.

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