Devanand Janki
Director & Choreographer
SSDC * AEA * AFTRA * AGVA

Accolades

Zanna Don't!

The new Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! directed by Devanand Janki opened at the John Houseman Theatre on the 20th of March 2003 to rave reviews.

Zanna, Don't  

"The director and choreographer, Devanand Janki, has paced the show just right, not at a breathless gallop but at a good brisk canter. And his dance numbers make highly entertaining ensemble use of performers who are not virtuosic dancers.

"... artistically the best I've seen in 10 years of covering theater. "

Bruce Weber, The New York Times

"... a lickety split production, smartly staged by Devanand Janki ..."

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

"... perky and adorable musical ..."

The New Yorker

"...lovably wacky ...

"...a show with an energy so pure and a heart so big that you can't help but be moved.

"...as hip as anything now on stage in New York.

"...the delirium rarely flags."

Justine Glanville, AP Arts Review

"... Janki's spirited staging and frolicsome spoof choreography offer a cure for gloomsters of all ages."

Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

"... audiences ... have gone wild for the director-choreographer Devanand Janki's staging. Show-stopping applause is not uncommon ... "

Kenneth Jones, Playbill

"I'm definitely a singer first", said actor Anika Larsen. "It's all because of Dev Janki and his choreography. He knows how to make you look good, make you like you know what you're doing, because honestly, I feel like a whole lot of the time I'm faking it."

quoted by Paul Lombardi, New York 1 News

"Devanand Janki has directed and choreographed the musical with creative zest..."

David Rothengerg, WBAI

"The pop songs ... pour forth with boundless energy, fueled by Devanand Janki's direction and choreography."

William Wolf, New York Calling

"... must-see musical.

"One of the most endearing and effervescent musicals in many a moon, there is nothing short of inspired theatrical pizzazz from every contributing talent ...

"... deliciously witty direction and super peppy choreography."

Chesley Plemmons, News-Times

"... crisp, pointed direction and delightful choreography ..."

Michael Portantiere, TheaterMania.com

"It's a good thing the eight actors are all young, because director/choreographer Devanand Janki has them dancing, skipping, and almost constantly in motion during the fast-moving show. His choreography is as bouncy as the songs, and his tight direction allows for no lulls in the upbeat story."

William Stevenson, Broadway.com

"Devanand Janki gives the show a zippy staging ..."

Backstage.com

"Devanand Janki’s direction and choreography gives the sense of the "let’s put on a show" mentality that underscores Zanna, Don’t!"

AmericanTheatre Web

"Bravi i sei attori, ben diretti da Devanand Janki. Un bel successo."

Mario Fratti, America Oggi ( = "America Today")

"... the Off-Broadway stage of the Houseman Theatre explodes into one of the happiest, cheeriest, zippiest musicals ever seen. Cynicism and irony wither beneath its sunny disposition, and like a tidal wave of cotton candy, the show overwhelms any resistance. The only way for the audience to survive is to swim along with the current and surrender to the world of the show."

Bill Roundy, The New York Blade

"... finely honed directorial talent ..."

Christopher Byrne, Gay City News

"Devanand Janki's direction and choreography is skilled and appropriate, controlling the small space well, and making the character changes (there's a fair bit of doubling, well-done) clear and snappy. Janki keeps the show tightly together in style, and is the equal of Acito's score in visual gags. The choreography uses the musical pastiche as a great leaping off point and is inventive and energetic."

Stewart Scott, Jayms Blonde 69

"The buoyant energy of Devanand Janki's staging and musical supervisor Edward G. Robinson's backbeat-driven arrangements spills over into an original cast CD of infectious verve and team spirit."

Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

"Directed with passion and warmth by Devanand Janki, who also provides some inspired choreography, Zanna soars on several occasions, mostly during the high-energy ensemble numbers."

Chris Reichheld, Washington Square News


The previous incarnation of Zanna, Don't! which ran at the Off-Off-Broadway Rodney Kirk Theatre during October-November 2002 netted the following admirations:

"Director-choreographer Devanand Janki has worked wonders with his staging and choreography on the postage-stamp-size stage."

Sara Bonisteel, New York Resident

"... director / choreographer Devanand Janki ... [adds] an extra measure of fun and energy ..."

Brad Bradley, Curtain Up

"... Skillfully directed and choreographed by Devanand Janki, Zanna, Don’t! ... packs enough energy from its tiny off-off Broadway stage to fill the largest Broadway theatre."

David Kinnerley, Gay City News


Cupid and Psyche

"... the action is animated, as in a Disney cartoon, complimented by the exuberant choreography of Devanand Janki."

Kevin Connell, nytheatre.com

"Director Timothy Childs and choreographer Devanand Janki seamlessly stitch one song, one moment, one laugh, to another and each cast member seems perfectly matched to his or her character ..."

Jenn Hendricks, Show Business

"The choreography by Devanand Janki is extremely lively."

Seth Bisen-Hersh, TheatreScene.net

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"Swiftly and smartly directed by Timothy Childs with playful choreography by Devanand Janki, Cupid & Psyche is indisputably a gift from the gods."

David Hurst, Next Magazine


Funny Girl

"... the choreography of Devanand Janki and Robert Tatad was mightily impressive, especially the 'Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat' number."

Michael Portantiere, TheaterMania.com

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Junie B. Jones

"Choreographer Devanand Janki deploys the company wittily, ... , the young people howl with glee at the silliness while the adults laugh at the camp audacity of the creators and director Peter Flynn."

Andy Propst, Backstage.com, 9 November 2005

"Contributing to the show's buoyancy are its lively dance, choreographed by Devanand Janki, ..."

Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times, 12 November 2005

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For the March 2008 remount of the show

"Devanand Janki's choreography fits the characters and show well, emphasizing the boundless energy of childhood."

Jena Tesse Fox, BroadwayWorld.com

"Peter Flynn's staging and especially Janki's choreography seem appreciably sharper than in 2004"

Steven Suskin, Variety


Henry & Mudge

"TheatreworksUSA's latest production is full of luxurious romps in the grass, tender caresses and big, wet kisses."

Laurel Graeber, The New York Times

"Devanand Janki's choreography reaches zany heights."

Barbara Pasternack, TheatreworksUSA

"... cheerfully entertaining time ... Director Peter Flynn and choreographer Devanand Janki have just the right light touch for the material ... injected with no end of playfulness."

Matthew Murray, TalkinBroadway.com

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"Choreography by Devanand Janki and the direction by Peter Flynn keep things humming along at a fine pace and keep the attention of the many children in the audience. It’s a really high spirited and animated production that everyone can enjoy."

Oscar E Moore, Talk Entertainment

"... sprightly choreographed by Devanand Janki."

Harry Forbes, Backstage.com, 18 December 2006

"... amusingly clever choreography by Devanand Janki ...

"... Flynn and Janki keep Henry and Mudge moving, with enough moments of hilarity to enthrall its young audience."

Steven Suskin, Variety


Man of la Mancha

at Jupiter Theatre, Florida

"Flynn's directorial choices (some unique) and choreography by Devanand Janki freshen the experience for those who know it well as well as adding graphic new details."

Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 19 February 2007

"Devanand Jenki's choreography ... in the Moorish dance sequence is lovely, and the staging of the rape sequence is emotionally effective without being offensive."

John Lariviere, TalkinBroadway.com

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at John W. Engeman Theater, Northport, NY

"... with dramatically charged choreography ..."

Nainu Siegel, New York Times, 6 July 2008

at Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, New York

"... exquisite production ..."

"Devanand Janki’s choreography is snappy and precise, particularly in the colorful gypsy scene, and reminiscent of suggestive movement, a la West Side Story, in the scene wherein Aldonza is abducted and raped."

Tony Curulla, syracuse.com, 3 July 2010

"... every aspect of this well-designed, powerfully acted production flows. Everything is integral, and the mise-en-scène is striking at each moment.

"Lowlifes in rags appear out of every crevice of the rough stone walls, swarming this hellhole till it feels like a madhouse. Devanand Janki ... excellently choreographs their chaos."

Barbara Adams, theithacajournal.com, 8 July 2010

"... as soon as the tale takes hold, all inhibitions and nerves dropped away, and the entire cast relaxed into a riveting group performance.

"Devanand Janki's choreography is central throughout, specific and sharp, particularly in the second act's wild gypsy sequence, and Aldonza's abduction and rape."

Bryan VanCampen, Ithaca Times, 7 Jul7 2010


How Can you Run with a Shell on your Back?

"... 'Shell' has been given an ideal production -- with director Peter Flynn and choreographer Devanand Janki boasting Broadway credits; musical director Lisa McQueen with Second City credits (and ace musicians), as well as seven ideally cast, top-of-the-line, high-energy adult actors to do the serious playing."

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, 13 March 2007

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"With lively choreography by Devanand Janki and disarming, genuine performances, "Shell" amounts to one illuminating, engaging hour. Would that all new musicals detained us in such delightful fashion."

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald (Chicago), 10 July 2007

"... staged with great invention by Director Peter Flynn and Choreographer Devanand Janki, the tales fairly burst to life and provide a winning family entertainment."

Joe Stead, Steadstyle Chicago

"... Devanand Janki's choreography is energetic and uses not only the stage and the aisles, but the seating areas as well. If you are looking for a fun time to share with your children (or grandchildren) this is it!"

Al Bresloff, EpochTimes


The Full Monty

"The Full Monty ... is a drop-dead, hilarious, sexy, energetic, 90-plus minutes of pure unadulterated and adult-rated fun. It simply defies you not to have a good time.

" [Devanand Janki's] ... skill and expertise is witnessed throughout ... [and it] ... is a nearly letter-perfect show."

Chet Williamson, Worcester Magazine

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"Director / choreographer Devanand Janki, Music Director Fred Frabotta, and an amazing cast take us to the moon and back with the Foothills Theatre Company production of The Full Monty

"This production should be a big hit ... As good as the acting is, the voices are even better.

"In the end, we get what we came for, but we also get a lot more. The Full Monty is full of talent, full of spirit, and full of fun."

Nancy Grossman, BroadwayWorld.com


Bye Bye Big Guy

" ... director-choreographer Devanand Janki keeps the lunatic asylum cavalcade moving along neatly and generally keeps things from slipping too far into the risky territory of overkill or fever pitch."

Rob Lester, EDGE

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"There's plenty of spirited direction and choreography from Devanand Janki ..."

Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway


Disney's Aladdin

"... Brilliantly animating all this for the live stage is director-choreographer Devanand Janki, who infuses the show with a sort of Bollywood-meets-vaudeville energy. Janki, who scored with an earlier family show here (How Can You Run With a Shell on Your Back?), clearly deserves an adult project next. . "

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

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"Director and choreographer Devanand Janki uses his cast and stage to perfection and keeps the flow of action moving well enough to keep the interest of the little ones in the audience. This is no easy task, but succeed he does!"

Alan Bresloff, Steadstyle Chicago

"Slick, funny and well-sung (and danced) Aladdin unfolds as a mini-Broadway musical that kids love. ...
Through a mixture of a magic carpet ride and several Broadway-styled show stoppers, Aladdin is a brisk, 65 minute ride through a fable of friendship, loyalty with the timeless message of the importance of staying true to oneself. You’ll laugh and enjoy this slick production. This is terrific family entertainment.

"Recommended."

Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

"... sprightly staging and choreography ..."

Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Free Press

"... this fresh, entertaining show sidesteps two pitfalls of Disney stage adaptations: it's not too long, and it doesn't depend on familiarity with the original material. Much of Aladdin's success is due to ... Devanand Janki's well-directed, high-spirited cast."

Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

"This serviceable new production by Devanand Janki is certainly superior to what you find at most tourist locations ... and offers more bang for the buck ..."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"The play's director, Devanand Janki, infuses the stage with energy and color to create the lively and energetic world of Agrabah. Using simple props, drapes and color, we can easily imagine the different locations for the story – the palace, the cave, the market."

sippycupnation, perspectives on parenting

"The production is an impressive debut for director-choreographer Devanand Janki. He's responsible for the sprightly humorous dances and shows himself a master of the CST playing space, which isn't automatically hospitable for musicals. If Aladdin was an audition for further work at the CST, Janki passed with honors."

Dan Zeff, Copley News Service, 13 July 2009


Rent

"Hangar's Rent, directed and choreographed by Devanand Janki, is an engaging and challenging experience that does what theater should."

Tony Curulla, syracuse.com

"Hangar has found ... amazing contributors. One is director-choreographer Devanand Janki, whose passion is evident in every minute. ... Together, they send the ensemble scampering like fearless gymnasts up and down the metal scaffolding."

jcrocker, syracuse.com, 15 August 2009

"Devanand Janki's direction and choreography are inspired, capturing the characters' chaotic, unstable lives. "

Barbara Adams, Ithaca Journal, 13 August 2009

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"The 25 singing roles in Rent, not all of them named, means the flux of events is almost more than you can keep up with. ... For director-choreographer Devanand Janki just getting this army up and moving on the main stage, as well as four drop-down stages, is a logistical triumph. It's almost as gratuitous that the enterprise is also often funny, lyrical and sometimes quite moving."

Syracuse New Times

"... under the direction and choreography of Devanand Janki, the whole is greater than its parts and as an ensemble, the cast catches fire early and rarely lets go.

" A brilliantly-cast ensemble portrays parents, fellow people with AIDS/HIV, up-and-comers and down-and-outers; they are melodic, flexible and can turn on a dime from savage to warm. Janki adds to this group a phalanx of local Ithacans who populate the vast stage with agility.

"This palpable sense of the entire cast as one ensemble, as well as the fluidity of the staging (swirling motion punctuated by moments of stark stillness), mark Janki as a particularly savvy director."

Ross Haarstad


Barrio Grrrl!

"Whether portraying a real person or an invention, the cast gambols adroitly through Devanand Janki's hip-hop-meets-hopscotch choreography ... "

Celia Wren, Washington Post, 28 October 2009

"Most of the show involves the adventures of this engaging quartet [of players] with ... choreographer Devanand Janki skillfully orchestrating their movements through lively adventures and more low-key moments."

Steven McKnight, DC Theatre Scene, 28 October 2009

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Barrio Grrrl!, the newest musical from from the award nominated team behind Broadway's hit, In the Heights is currently on its first national tour and making a stop this month (for the whole month) at Children's Theatre Company! This original musical from Quiara Alegria-Hudes (two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee for In the Heights) and Bill Sherman loaded its colorful sets onto the United Health Group Stage in Minneapolis a week ago.

"a bright comic book-like valentine to urban America."

"Barrio Grrrl! is unusual in that ... the show's mosaic of characters are all of color, something we rarely see on stage ... the musical's sweet ending opens the play, and the theater, to new feelings."

Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 7 March 2011

... "the measure of the heart of a work of art lies in its capacity for delivering the perspective of the underdog, what with grandeur and pettiness equally available to each of us in every single moment. Such is the fragile, offhand beauty of Barrio Grrrl! ... to impart a poignant sense of time's passage and the ephemeral connections that compromise our lives. It's a work with a big, big heart."

Quinton Skinner, Twin Cities Metro Magazine, 8 March 2011

"If you haven't yet seen a show at the Children's Theatre Company, then I must advise you to do so immediately. Sure, you're an adult, and you want to do adult things; however, you have the rest of your life to do adult things, so wouldn't it be nice to take an hour or so out of your busy adult life to enjoy some good old wonder and magic? ...

"The theater ... is bursting with a wonderful energy. This energy stems, no doubt, from the so many kids having had a great time there. ...

"The amazing actors of the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences have been travelling with the play for months. ... Despite the long trip away from home, there is so much energy radiating from the actors on stage.

"Touching on some fairly weighty topics—absent parents, poverty, whether or not imagination can solve adult problems, why kids need imaginary friends — Barrio Grrrl! kept me (and the kids in the audience) interested and laughing throughout the whole show."

Courtney Algeo, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 13 March 2011


This One Girl's Story

"With warmth, playful humor, a wonderful cast and Devanand Janki's tight direction and choreography, nearly everything works.

"... This One Girl's Story  is a sure winner ..."

Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody, 30 May 2010

"It is nicely directed by Devanand Janki - who keeps the pace up and changes tone at just the right time while coaxing memorable performances from the entire cast."

Oscar E Moore, 31 May 2010

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"... I have never been this excited ... since I saw the workshop version of In the Heights years ago … ! I cannot WAIT until this gets a full production ... . It was thrilling to see this show in a small theatre where there were no microphones."

Seth Rudetsky, Playbill

"... directed and choreographed by the talented Devanand Janki ..."

David Hurst, Next Magazine

 

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical

After a successful 35 city tour the show was mounted Off Broadway to wide acclaim:

"... terrific dancing and ... charming, fun songs.

"... Devanand Janki, the director and choreographer, has engaged young performers who not only look cuddly but also sound as you always imagined the Berenstain Bears would.

"Director Janki's light and clever hand leaves no room for sluggish spots."

Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp

"The Berenstain Bears Live! does a spectacular job of bringing the world of Bear Country to life. ... The show is of very high production quality.

"No question that if you have a fan of the Bear Family, the experience is a fantastic one."

Wendy Remington Bowie, nytheatre.com review, 2 July 2011

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"... a refreshing departure from the usual format. Family Matters dares to tell a logical, instructive and entertaining set of stories with upbeat music and a modest yet satisfying stage design.

"Director and choreographer Devanand Janki moves the show along at a brisk pace, allowing just enough time for the stories to land."

Bryan Clark, Show Business, 8 July 2011

"The show, directed and choreographed by Devanand Janki, faithfully evokes the series ... And the three books have become one seamless tale ... little theatergoers will enjoy the actors, who inhabit their fuzzy roles enthusiastically."

Laurel Graeber, New York Times, 10 July 2011

"Parentally speaking, what gives The Berenstain Bears LIVE! oomph is the way it seamlessly — and hilariously — deals with everyday family foibles ... And, in the ultra-plus column, the musical's generous doses of bearish tomfoolery and theatrical razzmatazz are gently counterbalanced with important childhood issues. "

Griffin Miller, NYMetroParents, 30 June 2011

"... a real treat for young theater aficionados."

Sandy Krulwich, New York Family, 30 June 2011

"... impossible to not go check it out, ... cute without being too precious."

Single Mama NYC, 4 July 2011

"The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is at once entertaining and educational, and kept my four-year-old and her five-year-old friend riveted for the duration of the well-paced 55-minute show."

Jamie Levine, Motherhood Later ..., 4 July 2011

"... there is not a minute for your munchkins to get restless. A must see ..."

Rivertowns Patch - Urban Suburban Mom, 2 July 2011

"... a spirited show that is short in length but generous in content. ... perfectly paced ... "

Pamela Brill, Time Out New York Kids


The Yellow Brick Road

"This isn't your grandparents' 'Wizard of Oz'. Or your parents' 'Wiz'. Or your older sister's 'Wicked'. The Yellow Brick Road is a high-spirited mix of all these shows…"

"The Yellow Brick Road, the 2011 entry in TheaterWorks USA's dependably diverting free summer series for young audiences, is a high-spirited mix of all these shows, particularly “The Wiz.” The director, Devanand Janki, has packed more than a dozen songs and several winning performances into this Latino-flavored riff on the L. Frank Baum classic at the Lucille Lortel Theater. No time to click heels in this 65-minute telling: these shoes are made for dancing."

Eric Grode, New York Times, 28 July 2011

On 4 August 2011 The Yellow Brick Road was selected by the New York Times for their weekly Critic's Picks list.

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"Director Devanand Janki, who also choreographed with Robert Tatad, has assembled an ace cast. Everyone has wonderful moments in the hourlong show. ...

"Janki has wrapped the show up in vibrant costumes (the skull-encrusted crone's gown is awesome) and low-tech, high-impact theatricality. Like when the evil witch is vanquished with a wide red fabric ribbon.

"Holy guacamole! ...

"And wholly bewitching."

Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, 4 August 2011

"Excelente 'Wizard!'

"This hourlong musical ... isn't exactly 'The Wiz', but its bouncy musical score and Devanand Janki's broad comic staging will definitely entertain younger audiences ...

"Kids and their adult chaperones alike will have no trouble easing down this camino amarillo."

Frank Scheck, The New York Post, 29 July 2011

"The Yellow Brick Road is smart and sassy, with wonderful salsa- and meringue-infused pop songs."

Raven, Mommy Poppins, 26 July 2011

"... [the show] puts a different ethnic spin on its story of a young girl launched away from home and into a swirling fantasy world: This one bursts with Hispanic flair.

"... [the] salsa- and merengue-infused score is enjoyable, ... the numbers are thoroughly and energetically choreographed by Devanand Janki (who also directs) and Robert Tatad.

"... Janki's staging ... will inspire youngsters' imagination more than the sprawling stage effects of That Uptown Oz Musical."

Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway

"The Yellow Brick Road is lots of fun, the pop-infused Spanish influenced songs are catchy, the cast is fantastic. ... If your kids can handle the wait [for tickets], The Yellow Brick Road is worth it, they'll love watching feisty Dora sing and dance her way through Oz with her little chihuahua Gypsy, and they might even learn a thing or two about Hispanic culture."

Rohana Elias-Reyes, nytheatre.com, 24 July 2011

"The six actors in The Yellow Brick Road 's ensemble are on their feet for the full 60 minutes, creating more than 20 characters and performing 15 songs over the course of the show. They're all top-notch, particularly the wonderfully physical Leiba and the appropriately silver-voiced Viveros. But it's Cavaliere, as Dora, who really carries the show. The actor brings an irresistible smile and a winning unself-consciousness to her Off Broadway debut. Every little girl in the audience will want to be her, and hopefully they'll all take the lesson she learns to heart: We all have our own unique rhythm, but we'll never find it if we don't start dancing."

Gwynne Watkins, Time Out New York Kids, 25 July 2011

"Choreography ... and Direction ... smart and fast paced."

Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles, 2 August 2011


The Rocky Horror Show

"The best two things that can be said for the show is that it both honors its roots as 70's glam-rock camp and also allows every single one of the principals to find their own way of expressing their characters. And these are some of the most iconic characters in pop culture. Zachary Clause, Grace Stockdale, Kellyn Uhl and Austin Ku are flat-out fantastic as Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, and Dr. Frank-n-Furter, but their interpretations have nothing to do with the characters as interpreted by Richard O'Brien, Little Nell and Tim Curry, et al.). ...

"Director Devanand Janki, working with Nandita Shenoy as part of a seven-person ensemble ... finds the movie-mad side of the story ... . For instance, there is a dusty old buckboard onstage buried under all the tarps and trappings, and sharp-eyed viewers will notice that movie posters have been lacquered onto the floor. Movies that get shout-outs in the songs, like King Kong."

Bryan van Campen, Ithaca Times, 24 August 2011

 

"Unlike 'your mother's musical', Rocky Horror never ceases to shock, surprise, and perhaps, even delight the uninitiated. ...

"When he cast Austin Ku in the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, director and choreographer Devanand Janki must have been mindful of having a very different central character than the expected 'Curry archetype' that is presented in most productions. Ku's Asian suavity and handsomeness struck me as an effective, interesting alternative ... . Without the expected hard edges, Ku's often-gowned-in finery transvestite is somehow less threatening, more approachable, and ultimately, more feminine. However, his creditable vocal treatments and obvious musicality ... are avenues to enrich and deepen the character."

Tony Curulla, syracuse.com, 20 August 2011

"... what it comes down to is that this dynamic cast makes a big show fit on a small stage.

"The Rocky Horror Show at The Hangar Theatre, has proven its self to be a great adaption the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Anyone ... familiar with that movie will feel right at home with this production.

"I will admit going in that I had some doubts of whether or not the[y] could pull off such a large story in such a small space, but they did. They did so with a good, dynamic cast, and clever set design."

Little.City.Big, 19 August 2011

"... a spectacular, outrageous, mind-warping, time-warping bacchanal ...

"... the show's irreverent and hedonistic spirit transcends time.

"And director Devanand Janki (of 2009's fine Rent) makes the most of nearly every scene, staging this burlesque with dazzling visuals and requisite mayhem. ...

"At every moment, this nonstop Rocky Horror Show cascades with tongue-in-cheek decadence, comic absurdity and delicious excess. You may even want to see it twice ..."

Barbara Adams, Ithaca Journal, 26 August 2011

"... a highly successful mounting ...

"Devanand Janki’s sexy, everflowing staging does tuck in some neat changes: especially by doubling the Narrator and Dr. Scott characters ... "

Ross Haarstad, Thompkins Weekly, 29 August 2011


The Wings of Ikarus Jackson

"We knew when we walked into the Kennedy Center Family Theater space, this was not going to be an ordinary play. ...

"The Wings of Ikarus Jackson is dance-theater at its finest, a human story delivered through words, music, and, especially, movement.

... "a show that was lively and well paced throughout. ...

"Devanand Janki ... may be the most brilliant collaborator on the show. As Director and Choreographer, Janki’s not afraid to use everything at hand to create a montage style that is as accessible and captivating to boys as it is to girls, bringing in athletics, street walks, hip hop, elements of fight choreography, as well as mime, modern dance, and ballet. He has choreographed sequences where every sound gets a corresponding movement, switching often between a slow, dream-like quality that gets interrupted by sharp movements and framed by characters in suspended pauses."

Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene, 7 February 2012

 

"The Wings of Ikarus Jackson, a world premiere commissioned by The Kennedy Center, is beautifully produced, engaging, and – there's no way around it – uplifting. ...

"I was impressed by the high quality of the production. ...

"Skillfully choreographed by Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki, nearly the entire play is danced, and the action on stage is continual. ...

"This first-rate high-flying production of a tale of survival, triumph, and acceptance of difference appeals to all ages – and is well worth seeing."

Pat David, MD Theatre Guide, 6 February 2012

"... director and choreographer Devanand Janki and playwright Jerome Hairston are aiming for a more poetic and nuanced tone with their collaboration ...

"... there's piquancy in the movement, which includes a fight waged through hip-hop dance, a taxi ride chronicled with swaying bodies and a dream sequence in which schoolchildren move in seemingly weightless slow-mo after their teacher ... lectures on gravity"

Celia Wren, Washington Post, 10 February 2012


Skippyjon Jones

"Under the direction of Peter Flynn, and featuring lively dances by choreographer Devanand Janki, the company rips into the material with gleeful abandon."

Andy Propst, TheatreMania, 26 July 2012

"... delightful new kids' musical Skippyjon Jones ... deserves a hearty olé!"
"... bouncy staging keeps things moving merrily along ..."

Frank Scheck, New York Post, 26 July 2012


Love and Real Estate

part of New York's Summer Shorts 2012 festival

"Devanand Janki directs with a swift, sure hand, and the performers seem to delight in singing to ... deceptively simple music."

Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, 8 August 2012

"Neatly and inventively staged by Devanand Janki, this little gem is a most refreshing opera comique in miniature."
"... worthy of longer runs ..."

Richard Seff, DC Theatre Scene, 5 September 2012

"Directed with a flair for the comedic by Devanand Janki, the musical has a light-hearted look and feel."

Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press, 9 August 2012

"The performers, directed by Devanand Janki, dive into the material with aplomb, ..."

Andy Propst, backstage, 8 August 2012

"The main surprise [of Summer Shorts 2012] was Love and Real Estate, ... directed by Devanand Janki. This is a musical narrated by the most excellent Edward HIbbert. The sisters ... hurl themselves into different lives and different spaces with all the sturm and drang that we know as New Yorkers. This is a smart and funny script, ... a sweet surprise all around."

Usher Nonsense, 11 August 2012

"Lukas' intentions quickly become obvious to spectators -- although the characters take longer to figure out what's going on -- but luckily, ... [the] vocally-gifted performers, and director Devanand Janki keep the pace hopping sufficiently."

David Finkle, theatermania.com, 8 August 2012

"Devanand Janki, director of such acclaimed Off Broadway musicals as Zanna, Don’t!, Junie B. Jones, and Henry and Mudge, has cast the show with an eye to both style and comic timing. ... Not only does Love and Real Estate make you eager to see Davis and Hartley’s next show, there are enough opportunities for this one act to be turned into a longer musical."

Victor Gluck, theaterscene.net, 12 August 2012

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