Devanand Janki
Director & Choreographer
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Watch this page for news of Dev's current and recent projects. News items will be posted here on a regular basis as soon as the information is available. They are shown in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top.

November 16, 2015

Dev will direct and choreograph Broadway Close Up: Guys vs. Dolls - A Musical Survey of Sex & Sexism at the Kaufman Music Centre at 7:30 pm.

The battle of the sexes is on! Explore the passion and perils of love and marriage as depicted by the great writers of Broadway, including Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin, Lerner & Loewe, Yip Harburg, Burton Lane, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Meredith Willson, William Finn, Maltby & Shire and Jerry Herman.

Featuring Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!), Sally Wilfert (Assassins), Jill Abramovitz (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), Adam Overett (The Light in the Piazza). Jeffry Denman (The Producers) and Maria-Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Music directed by David Loud.

Click here for more info.

September 25 to October 4, 2015

The inaugural season of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat gets underway on September 25th.  This new theatre workshop event is Dev's creation and runs for 10 days at Bingham Camp in Salem, CT (see preceeding news item below).

The cast has now been announced and includes Broadway professionals Tiffany Chalothorn, Silvan Friedman, Graham Stevens, Jeigh Madjus, Kelsey Ryan Moore, Luis E. Mora, Hansel Tan, Ann Fraser Thomas and Tobias Wong.  The production team consists of Devanand Janki - Director, Dennis Corsi - Assistant Director, Yan Li - Music Director, Fran Acua-Almiron - Stage Manager and Jacqueline Wheeler - Company Manager.

The new musical being seen for the first time ever is Call it Courage a musical adaptation of the beloved children's novel written by Connecticut native Armstrong Sperry.  Set in the Pacific Islands, Call it Courage is the coming of age story of a timid young boy who overcomes bullying and ostracism to find the strength he always had within him.  Call it Courage is written by award winning composer and librettist Adam Overett.

There will be two performances at the Camp for invited guests on the final Saturday and Sunday of the retreat, the 3rd and 4th of October.

A recent article on BroadwayWorld.com announces the imminent launch of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat and gives further details.

May 23, 2015

Devanand has undertaken an ambitious new project for this fall: he is organizing a 10-day theatre retreat to be held annually at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut.  This quiet rural setting well away from the noise and stresses of the big city will be ideal for fostering the creative juices needed to create a new show, hopefully one day maybe to be seen on Broadway!

The retreat will focus on the development of new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity.  With an emphasis on non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants and bold theatricality, it offers a unique opportunity for theatre-makers to develop new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue between cultures.  In addition, there will be opportunities for readings and exploration of other works while on-site.  It will culminate in a presentation to an invited audience of local supporters, national art advocates and other professionals.

Dev plans to make the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat an annual event.  Fund raising is already underway with the first event playing to invited guests from the Bingham family and the community at the Bingham Camp on May 23rd.  A fundraising website has been set up at Fractured Atlas where tax deductible donations may be made.

For further information please contact info@binghamcamptheatreretreat.org.  A website is currently being developed at www.binghamcamptheatreretreat.org where there is currently a video explaining about the project.  Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat now has it's own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/binghamtheatre.

Watch this space for further developments in this exciting project!

June 29 to August 15, 2015

Devanand will be directing and choreographing a brand new production of Junie B. Jones, The Musical for Theatre Aspen in Aspen, Colorado which runs for the whole of July and the first half of August 2015 (previews on June 29th and 30th).

This delightful show, originally developed by TheatreworksUSA, is a wonderful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical.  It was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography (Dev was the choreographer in that production).

Junie B. Jones, The Musical plays at the Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Place in Aspen (box office phone 844-706-7387)

Further info at Theatre Aspen.

8 and 22 November 2014

Skippyjon Jones returns to New York City after being on national tour.  Dev Directs and Choreographs this producyion.

Skippyjon Jones wants to be the best Chihuahua ever.  The only problem: he's actually a Siamese cat!  Before you can say "Holy Guacamole!" Skippyjon's wild imagination takes over and he becomes El Skippito Bandito, the greatest canine sword fighter in Mexico!  A musical based on the best-selling book by Judy Schachner.

The show plays at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York.

  • Click here for tickets for the show on Saturday November 8th
  • or here for tickets for the show on Saturday November 22nd

Both performances start at 11:00 am.

July 2015

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, the sequel to the hit show Junie B. Jones is currently being workshopped in New York.  Junie B. Jones is back and better than ever with a new guide to surviving your school days.  In her year and a half in school, Junie has learned a jillion things and she can't wait to share them with you.  An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book. (Grades K-5)

The show is directed by Peter Flynn and choreographed by Dev.

Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich.

This brand new musical will have its World Premier Off-Broadway in July 2015.  Watch this spot for further details.

November 17 2014

Dev will directing Broadway Close Up: Hallelujah, Broadway!, a light-hearted concert celebration of Heaven, God and the eternal questions as framed by the great writers of Broadway.  Featuring music by Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Kurt Weill, George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Schwartz, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Bock & Harnick.  Featuring Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Hairspray) and Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys); also with Kimberly Chatterjee, Darius De Haas, Carver Duncan, Daniel Lynn Evans, Adam Hyndman, Celeste Hudson, Kristen L. Luzi, Dara Orland, Clarke Thorell and Sally Wilfert.  Learn more here.

7:30 pm at Merkin Concert Hall in Goodman House, 129 W. 67th Street, New York., NY 10023.  Tickets at 212-501-3330 or boxoffice@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

October 18, 2014

Dev has choreographed a new TheatreworksUSA show, Fly Guy & Other Stories, an hour-long series of musical shorts featuring adaptations of seven delightful children's stories:

  • Fly Guy & Other Stories by Tedd Arnold
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig by Kate McMullan
  • Horace & Morace But Mostly Dolores by James Howe
  • Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
  • Paper Bag Princes by Robert Munsch

With this show TheatreworksUSA kicks off a new series with a musical revue featuring songs written by the Academy Award winning songwriting team of Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez!  Other musical contributors include Tony Award winners Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman (2014 Best Musical winner A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story) and many more.

TheatreworksUSA's new series starts on Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 AM at the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  For tickets call 212-772-4448 or click here.

June 30, 2014

Dev will be directing and choreographing Zanna Don't! Class Reunion, a concert presentation of the 2003 Off-Broadway cult favorite benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ Youth.

Original Off-Broadway company members Anika Larsen (Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner for this season's Beautiful, Xanadu, Avenue Q), Darius Nichols (Hair, The Book of Mormon), Amanda Ryan Paige, Enrico Rodriguez (Here Lies Love, Rent), Robb Sapp (Wicked, Shrek), Dana Steer, Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn, Triassic Parq), and Gregory Treco (who originated the role of Zanna Off-Off-Broadway, Taboo) all reprise their roles.  Original Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki directs.  Original production team members Adam Grosswirth and Jonathan Tessero are producing the evening.

Zanna, Don't! Class Reunion plays at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Monday, June 30 at 7 and 9:30 pm.  There is a $30-$55 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum.  Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.  Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Further info at Broadway World.

December 9 & 10, 2013

Dev will be directing and choreographing the Opening Number for The 25th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition starring Klea Blackhurst. Robert Tatad co-directs and choreographs. Written by Seth Rudetsky. With music direction by Ben Cohn.

Broadway's best and brightest will return in December for this year's rousing, emotional and heart-pounding edition of Gypsy of the Year. Performances are Monday, December 9th at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, December 10th, at 2 pm in the Minskoff Theatre at 1515 Broadway.

The annual event is the culminating celebration of six weeks of fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.

For two magical afternoons, the best singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, known as "gypsies", perform original skits, songs and dances. Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two shows.

Noted Broadway personality and longtime Broadway Cares friend Seth Rudetsky will return for the sixth year in a row to host. Among the special guest stars expected to appear are Tyne Daly, Jonathan Hadary, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ian McKellen, Zachary Quinto, Mark Rylance, Brian J. Smith, Patrick Stewart and more.

This year's show will include more than 250 Broadway and Off-Broadway performers. Among the shows scheduled to perform original numbers are After Midnight, Avenue Q, Chicago, Disaster!, First Date, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Once, Pippin, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Twelfth Night / Richard III. Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be represented by an original piece choreographed by Jeremy McQueen for this year's Fire Island Dance Festival.

Often called "the season's most dazzling talent show," the 24 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised more than $52.9 million. Last year's show raised $3,902,608.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268.

November 14 & 15, 2013

Dev will Choreograph Buddy's Tavern at the York Theatre (619 Lexington Ave, New York; entrance on 54th Street just East of Lexington Ave). Peter Flynn will direct the show. The seven-member cast features Andrea Bianchi, Andrea Burns, Wally Dunn, Darius De Hass, Alexander Gemignani, Jessica Grové and Joe Ricci. The production stage manager is Niki Armato. Book by Raymond De Felitta, music by Kim Oler and lyrics by Alison Hubbard

Buddy's Tavern is based on the film "Two Family House" (Sundance Award), written and directed by Raymond De Felitta. Winner of the Richard Rodgers Development Award, this new romantic musical, according to the York, is the "story of an Italian-American factory worker on Staten Island in 1956. Buddy has always wanted his own business - a bar where he can sing his heart out to his customers. Family pressures, race relations, unexpected love, and the struggle to achieve one's dreams, all come alive in this New York premiere musical."

Buddy's Tavern will be presented November 13th at 8 PM, Nov. 14 at 8 pm and November 15th at 2:30 pm; tickets are $15. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org or by calling the York Theatre Company Box Office at 212-935-5820

July 15, 2013

Dev will direct and Choreograph "Christmas in July" at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St., New York) at The Public. This concert version of We Three Lizas, the new hit holiday musical that wowed Chicago audiences this past winter is presented by Chicago's About Face Theatre in association with John Sanders.

Created by Scott Bradley (book/lyrics) and Alan Schmuckler (music/additional lyrics), We Three Lizas is a magical musical fairy tale set in the queerest of lands in which an embittered designer's mid-life crisis leads to divine intervention by Liza Minnelli. And Liza Minnelli. And Liza Minnelli. This production features an expanded score and brand new book. The concert cast includes David Beach (Urinetown, Mamma Mia), Veronica Reyes-How (Rent), Gabrielle Ruiz (In the Heights), Michael Rosen (West Side Story, Nikolai and the Others) and Danielle Plisz (We Three Lizas, original cast).

One night only on Monday, July 15 at 7 pm. Tickets, priced at $20, are available at  www.joespub.com  and 212-967-7555.

April 3, 2013

Theatreworks USA's production of Skippyjon Jones has been nominated for the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Musical produced Off Broadway

This show, first created in December 2010, is choreographed by Devanand Janki.

 

http://www.theatreworksusa.org/home.cfm

January 2013

The Wings of Ikarus Jackson, the new show which was directed by Devanand at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater in Washington has been nominated for several awards by MD Theatre Guide

  • Best Director of a Children's Play - Devanand Janki
  • Best Children's Play/Musical - Wings of Ikarus Jackson
  • Best Perfromance by Lead Actor in Children's Play - Andreu Honeycutt as Ikarus
  • Reader's Choice Award - Wings of Ikarus Jackson

 

19 - 28 April 2013

Dev returns to the Wharton Center at Michigan State University to direct and choreograph the hit musical Funny Girl. This brand new production is presented in collaboration with the MSU Department of Theatre.

Famed comedienne Fanny Brice goes from ugly duckling to beautiful swan in this classic hilarious and heart-breaking musical.

whartoncenter.com

More information at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Phone (517) 353-1982.

2 August - 1 September 2012

As part of Summer Shorts 2012 Festival of new American short plays in New York, Devanand Janki will direct the world premiere of Love and Real Estate (music by Sam Davis, book & lyrics by Sean Hartley, starring Sarah Corey, Setphanie D'Abruzzo, Kevin Greene, Jessica Hershberg, and Edward Hibbert).

Summer Shorts 2012 is presented by Throughline Artists, J.J. Kandel, Executive Producer and John McCormack, Producing Artistic Director : the acclaimed series returns for the sixth year of new American one-act plays from some of the country's top playwrights.

Performances are at 59E59 Theaters at 59 E 59th Street.

July/August 2012

Theatreworks USA is proud to announce that this year's Free Summer Theatre production will be the Off-Broadway premiere of Skippyjon Jones, a musical based on the book by Judy Schachner about a Siamese cat whose imagination transforms him into a chihuahua, El Skippito Bandito, the greatest sword fighter in all of Mexico.

This show first created in December 2010 is choreographed by Devanand Janki.

The Free Summer Theatre benefit performance will be on Wednesday July 25, 2012. Tickets will go on sale in June. For more information, call (212) 647-1100 x126 or email events@twusa.org .

http://www.theatreworksusa.org/home.cfm

December 2011

Dev will be directing and choreographing a workshop of the new musical Martha Speaks in December.

Based on the books by Susan Meddaugh, and from the creators of Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones and Click, Clack, Moo.

Book by Kevin Delaguila Lyrics by Jill Abromovitz and Music by Brad Alexander.

The show will have a full production in late 2012 which will tour nationally.

http://www.theatreworksusa.org/home.cfm

18-19 November 2011

Dev chroeographs and Peter Flynn directs an exclusive workshop of Between Time and Timbuktu - a new musical adaption of Kurt Vonnegut's teleplay, based on some of his most famous stories. Written by An Drew Barrett (Book and Lyrics) and Ira Antelis (Music).

The workshop will be on Friday, November 18th at 7 PM and Saturday, November, 19th at 2 PM. Admission to the workshop is free but reservations are required. Please call the Hangar Theatre at (607) 273-8588 or visit the Hangar Business office at 171 East State Street, Suite 230 in central Ithaca, New York

Read more at Central New York broadwayworld.com

October 2011

Dev has been selected as one of the five finalists for the 2010-2011 Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Yellow Brick Road produced by TheatreworksUSA. Dev Directed and Co-Choreographed this new Off- Broadway Musical during the Summer of 2011.

The Callaway Award recognizes excellence in the craft of directing and choreography during the New York City 2010-2011 theatre season.  It is the only award given by professional directors and choreographers to their peers for specific productions.  The Callaway Committee, composed of SDC members, considers all professional shows other than Broadway and Showcase productions produced within New York City. Nearly 200 productions were eligible this season. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), will present the 2010 Joe A. Callaway Award to one director and one choreographer at a private ceremony on Nov. 14th, 2011

4 August 2011

The Yellow Brick Road has been selected for the Critics' Picks list of the New York Times. Each week, the theater critics of The Times recommend shows for the Theater section of NYTimes.com

4-19 February 2012

Dev will return to the Kennedy Centre's Family Theatre in Washington to direct and choreograph The Wings of Ikarus Jackson.

There is something different about the new boy at school. Instead of a backpack, Ikarus Jackson dons a feathery white set of wings. His main challenge is not school work, but fitting in with his classmates. To stop the kids from taunting his uniquely feathered look, Ikarus soars through the city, over rooftops and playgrounds, like a slow-motion instant replay. Just when he thinks he's all alone, a brave schoolgirl tells him what someone should have from the start: your flying is beautiful.

Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Christopher Myers' colorful and lovingly assembled collage-illustrated children's book comes to life as a dance-theater piece in the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. Adapted by Jerome Hairston from the book Wings by Christopher Myers this modern-day, and perhaps more optimistic, adaptation of the Greek myth of Icarus, Myers' new story shines hope on embracing diversity.

Kennedy Center

More Information at:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

19 July - 19 August 2011

Dev will direct the new musical The Yellow Brick Road premiering off - broadway this summer at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Click your heels together tres veces and take a magical journey with the world premiere of Theatreworks USA's The Yellow Brick Road, an all-new salsa and merengue-infused musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

Dora, a modern Latin American teenager, would much rather hang out at the mall in jeans and sneakers than attend her coming of age quinceanera while wearing a old-fashioned frilly pink dress. But at her fifteenth birthday fiesta, Dora gets swept away to a strange new land and discovers that to find her way home, she must embrace both sides of her cultural identity, and learn how to dance to her own unique rhythm.

August 2011

Dev will return this summer to the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY to direct and choreograph The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien.

LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!! Travel to transexual Transylvania to meet Dr. Frank N. Furter and his family of fabulous freaks. Made famous by the 1975 cult classic film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," this long-loved musical is an exciting ride through fierce identity and wild sexuality. With a classic rock score and the opportunity for audience sing-a-long, this Tony nominated musical will be a regional premiere that is sure to raise the Hangar roof!

A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show biz. - New York Times
A garish, ear-assaulting musical put-on of pseudo-science (that is)... quite a lot of fun! - Variety

20 January 2011

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced the nominees for its 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

This One Girl's Story which Dev directed and choreographed at GayFest NYC in May/June 2010 has been nominated in the Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway category

January 2011

An interesting in depth interview article by Kristy Cummings detailing Dev's philosophy of directing, choreographing and theatre in general was published in the January/February 2011 issue of the National Directors and Choreographers Union (SDC) monthly Newsletter.

This may be viewed here (scroll down to page 6).

January 2011

Dev will be back at the Kennedy Center remounting the musical Barrio Grrrl! which will be touring nationally. Spunky 9-year-old Ana and her imaginary friend, Amazing Voice, dedicate their lives to saving the barrio in this Kennedy Center commission by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes (In the Heights). This show had its world premiere in 2009. The show was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Music by Bill Sherman
Directed by Peter Flynn
Choreographed by Devanand Janki

December 2010

Dev will be choreographing the workshop of the new musical Skippyjon Jones.

Based on the award winning book by Judy Schachner, and from the creators of Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones and Click, Clack, Moo, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.

Book and Lyrics by Kevin Delaguila and Music by Eli Bolin. Peter Flynn Directs.

The show will have a full production in late 2011 which will tour nationally.

http://www.theatreworksusa.org/home.cfm

15 October 2010

Dev will direct a dramatic reading of a new one-act play, La Leche, written by Mark Gallini. This is a romantic comedy about love, lust, motherhood, commitment and camembert.

The 3 pm reading will be at Chelsea Studios 151 West 28th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) in New York City.

For more information contact Cheryl Andrews, agent at Diverse Artistic Iniatives at 732-442-3223.

7-17 October 2010

Peter Flynn will direct and Dev will choreograph the New York City premiere of Shine! The Horatio Alger Musical which will feature Michael Halling, Meggie Cansler, Philip Chaffin and Andy Mientus, among many others. The October 7-17 run of this rags-to-riches musical is part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The tuneful and traditional period musical comedy, inspired by rags-to-riches characters and stories by Horatio Alger, has been seen regionally and in Manhattan readings (and is published by Samuel French), but this is the first fully produced production in Manhattan. The script and score have been revised and refreshed for the 2010 NYMF by book writer Richard Seff, composer Roger Dean Anderson and lyricist Lee Goldsmith.

Shine! performances under the direction of Peter Flynn will play The Theater at St. Clements, 423 W. 46th Street.

September 2010

Dev directs and choreographs the National tour of The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical which will be performing nationwide. Performances begin September 20th, 2010 and will continue through 2011.

The Berenstain Bears have enchanted young readers for generations. Now, Matt Murphy Productions presents a fun-filled new musical that weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain's most popular books: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School .

For more info go to www.twusa.org or www.mattmurphyproductions.com

More information at TheatreWorks/USA and
Matt Murphy Productions

25 April 2010

The Hangar Theatre's production of Rent directed by Dev was awarded the 2009 Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) Award for Best Production of the Summer Season. This annual event honors the best of live theatre in the Syracuse area.

1-17 July 2010

Dev once again choreographs Man of La Mancha for the Hangar Theatre. The classic American musical that opened the Hangar Theatre 35 years ago returns to christen the brand new space. Battling the odds, laughing at nay-sayers, and dreaming the impossible dream: The power of the human spirit to bring about transformation and redemption is at the core of Cervantess masterpiece (New York Times).

Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion

Winner - Tony Award for Best Musical

For more information contact Hangar Theatre - Ithaca, New York
(or phone: 607-273-8588, fax: 607-273-4516)

27 May - 6 June 2010

Dev will direct and choreograph the world premiere musical This One Girl's Story, a new work exploring the life and death of hate-crime victim Sakia Gunn, at the fourth annual GayFest NYC.

Four girls out on the town, laughing and loving, until a senseless crime of hate turns a night of joy into tragedy. The powerful score includes pop, gospel, jazz and echoes of traditional musical theatre.

Book by Bil Wright, music & lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney.

Show times

27-29 May, 1-5 June 1-5 8:30 pm
29 May & 5 June matinée 2:00 pm
30 May and 6 June 6:30 pm

April 2010

Dev will be choreographing 'The Berenstain Bears Live!' in Family Matters the Musical.

The Berenstain Bears have enchanted young readers for generations. Now, Matt Murphy Productions presents a fun-filled new musical that weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain's most popular books: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School.

There's trouble in the treehouse... Brother Bear has trouble with a school quiz, so he hides it in the cookie jar. Sister Bear makes friends with a frog and hides it in the cookie jar. Papa has been eating candy when he's supposed to be on a diet, and the wrapper ends up in the cookie jar... It's up to Mama to follow the cookie trail and sort things out!

This show will be touring nationally starting April 2010. More information at TheatreWorks/USA and
Matt Murphy Productions

5 April 2010

The Kennedy Center Family Theatre's production of Barrio Grrrl! has received a 2010 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences.

One of the country's most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

The 26th Annual Helen Hayes Awards will be presented on Monday evening April 5, 2010, a gala celebration bringing together 2,000 theatre makers and theatre lovers to The Warner Theatre and JW Marriott Hotel in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.

Dev Choreographed this new musical in the fall of 2009. A National Tour of Barrio Grrrl! will be launched in early 2011.

More Information at: http://www.helenhayes.org

January 2010

Dev directs and choreographs the M•A•C Pops Up Opening Number/Fashion Show for M•A•C Cosmetics annual Corporate Meeting held at the Loews Hotel in Miami, Florida.

31 January 2010

The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour

Dev directs the Musical The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour at the Wharton Center for the Perfroming Arts in the Pasant Theatre.

Jack Sprat can eat no fat. His wife, Gloria, can eat no lean. Concerned about his wife's poor eating habits and the effects on her health, Jack enlists the help of MC Hubbard, a hip and musical everyman to help rid Gloria's cupboard of junk food. He then takes her on a whirlwind tour of the grocery store, where Gloria learns a world of knowledge about good living through nutritious food choices. Get ready for a healthy dose of songs, dancing, and lots of audience participation!

Music and lyrics by John Forster; book by Michael Mark.

More information at the Wharton Center which is located at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Phone (517) 353-1982.

whartoncenter.com

28 October 2009

Dev will direct a staged reading of This One Girl's Story, a new musical inspired by the proud life of Sakia Gunn (1988-2003).

To be performed in the Sanctuary at the Middle Collegiate Church (2nd Avenue & 7th Street in New York) at 7 pm on Wednesday 28 October 2009 (only).

One girl on the way to being a woman ... and her friends ... live, laugh, love and remember the time ... the one night when they could be exactly who they were ... before someone decided they couldnt.

A special talkback on sexual orientation-based crimes hosted by Dr. Jacqueline Lewis will follow the reading with special guests.

Book by Bil Wright
Music and lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney

The cast features NaTasha Yvette Williams (Sophia in Broadway's The Color Purple) as well as Sadrina Renee, Angela Grovey, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Nik Walker, Aurelia Williams and Kim Grier.

50 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

212-477-0666

24 October - 15 November 2009

Dev will be at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC choreographing the new musical Barrio Grrrl!

Spunky 9-year-old Ana is faced with this very big decision. On the one hand, as her alter-ego Barrio Grrrl with her invisible sidekick Amazing Voice, she's pretty busy preserving justice in the barrio and protecting her neighborhood. On the other hand, in the world where Ana lives with her abuelo (grandfather) and misses her mom who is far, far away in Iraq, reality is sneaking up on her. It's time for Ana to decide what's most important: being a superhero or a girl who works little miracles in real life.

Book and Lyrics by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes (In the Heights) and music by Grammy-winning music director for PBS's new Electric Company Bill Sherman. Peter Flynn Directs.

A Kennedy Center co-commission.

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Kennedy Center

More Information at:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

6 - 27 August 2009

Dev will be at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York directing the final musical of the season: the Finger Lakes premiere of Rent.

The New York Times called Rent   an exhilarating landmark. This much-loved musical comes to the Hangar stage on the heels of one of the longest runs in Broadway history. It's the story of a community of young artists struggling to make their mark in New York's rapidly changing East Village of the 1990's. This life-affirming musical celebrates solidarity and love in the most improbable of circumstances.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical 1996 and Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1996.

The cast will feature Eric Jordan Young as Tom Collins, Jared Zirilli as Roger Davis, Catherine Stephani as Maureen Johnson, Adam Hose as Mark, Nik Walker as Benny and Maria-Christine Oliveras as Joanne with Jevon McFerrin and Danielle Brooks.

For more information contact Hangar Theatre - Ithaca, New York
(or phone: 607-273-8588, fax: 607-273-4516)

1 July - 30 August 2009

Dev returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to direct their summer musical: Disney's Aladdin

music by Alan Menken
lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs
music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle

based on the screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
to be performed in Chicago Shakespeares Courtyard Theater

Take your family to a magical, far away land, and join Aladdin, Jasmine and the lovable Genie in this exciting musical adventure full of unforgettable songs based on the Academy Award-winning Disney film. Soar on a magic carpet with the jovial Genie, and tag along with our clever hero Aladdin as he fights for his true love, the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Oh, and theres the kingdom of Agrabah to rescue from the villainous Jafars evil grasp, too. Featuring A Whole New World and Friend Like Me, Disneys Aladdin will enchant audiences young and old alike.

For More information go to Chicago Shakespeare Theater

20 April 2009

The Korean production of Zanna Don't! which Dev directed has been nominated in several catagories of The Music Awards (a rough Korean equivalent to the Tony Awards or the Drama Desk Awards for American shows)

The show has received nominations in the following categories:

  • Best Foreign Musical: Zanna, Don't!
  • Best Performance by Leading Actor in a Musical: hoy
  • Best Performance by new Actress in a Musical: Yoo-ha
  • Best Performance by Featured Actress in a Musical: Kyung-sun
  • Best Direction of a Musical: Devanand Janki
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Min, Kyung-soo
  • Best Staging Costume of a Musical: Paek, Jyung Jin

The awards ceremony will be held on 20 April 2009. For more info check out The Musical Awards website.

16 March 2009

Dev will be directing an invited staged reading of the new musical Snow at The Kaufman Center in Manhattan.

This musical romance tells the bittersweet, funny-sad story of self-discovery of Georgia, a romantic and determined young woman who is pregnant and unmarried, and her best friend, Raven, a young songwriter coming to terms with the fact he is gay. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen", but set in 1969 Greenwich Village, the eventful year that includes the Stonewall Riots, Woodstock and the first moon walk, SNOW has a guitar-based folk-rock score inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor et al.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Sean Hartley and starring
Anastasia Barzee, Michael Busillo, Brian Myers Cooper, Sevan Greene, F. Michael Haynie, Emma Hunton, Jason Robinson and Gabrielle Stravelli

December 2008 / January 2009

Dev will be in Seoul, Korea directing a brand new production of the hit Off- Broadway Show Zanna, Don't! It will be preformed in Korean. The show premieres at the Sejong M Theater in central Seoul on February 5th, 2008

For more information, call (02) 399-5005 or look here (in Korean). Look here mGoon: Beyond TV- ڳƮ or here to see a video commercial (in Korean).

For Korean press coverage including interviews with Dev have a look at Ű " پ缺 ٷ" (translated here) or at SportsSoeul.com - [ȭ] Ģ 'ڳ,Ʈ' (translated here).

November 2008

Dev directs a table reading of 20 Liquid a new play by Stuart Gerber. The Cast includes Brian Cade, Sevan Greene, David Rudd  & Bryan Michael McGuire.

October 2008

Dev will provide the musical staging for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming production of Romantic Poetry. This new musical is penned by John Patrick Shanley (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger (music).

The cast includes Jeb Brown (Grease, Ring of Fire), Jerry Dixon (tick, tick BOOM!; Once On This Island), Ivan Hernandez (Zhivago, The Fantasticks), Mark Linn-Baker (Almost An Evening, "Perfect Strangers", Patina Renea Miller (Hair , "All My Children") and Emily Swallow (High Fidelity).

Previews begin Off-Broadway on October 1, 2008 at New York City Center, Stage I. Official opening will be on October 28th.

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MTC's Off-Broadway presence at New York City Center is located in Manhattan at 131 West 55th Street. For ticket information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com or call (212) 581-1212

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July 2008

Dev will once again be on board the Norwegian Dawn. He will direct a Concert version of Chicago for R Family Vacations as part of the entertainment on this year's Summer Cruise.

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The cast includes Brenda Braxton, Andrea McArdle, Seth Rudetsky, Rosie O'Donnell, Christine Ebersole and many others.

June 26th - August 3rd, 2008

Dev choreographs Man of La Mancha at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, in Northport, New York.

Musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Lardon inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterwork "Don Quixote".

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Musical by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Lardon inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterwork "Don Quixote".

The theatre is located at 250 Main Street in Northport, NY.
phone: 631-261-2900; fax: 631-261-2963

More info at John W. Engeman Theater at Northport

April 7 th, 2008

Man of La Mancha wins the Carbonell Award for Best Musical!

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre won best musical this year for its Man of La Mancha at the 32nd annual Carbonell Awards for theatrical excellence handed out in a glitzy ceremony hosted by Broadway star Christine Andreas at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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Dev choreographed this production in 2007.

March 19th, 2008 to May 4th, 2008 - Upcoming!

After sold-out performances in 2004 and 2005, TheatreworksUSAs hit musical Junie B. Jones is back Off- Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. A rollicking, one-of-a-kind musical adventure based on Barbara Parks wildly popular books.

Dev Choreographed this show which received Lortel Nominations for both Choreography and Best Musical.

More info at: http://www.twusa.org/

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April 14 th, 2008

Back by popular demand, Dev choreographs the one and only Seth Rudetsky in Seth's Broadway 101!

The Actors Fund is thrilled to present this endlessly entertaining event one more time!  Using a full orchestra, audio/visual aids and the talents of some a-mah-zing Broadway guest stars including Andrea Burns, Andrea McArdle, Jen Cody, Jonathan Groff, Norm Lewis, Lillias White, Julia Murney and many others... the always hilarious Seth Rudetsky shows you ? up close and personal - what is brilliant about Broadway, how the whole thing works and why it can sometimes be a splitting headache!

Choreographed by Devanand Janki, Directed by Peter Flynn, this evening is uproarious, informative, and wildly entertaining. All proceeds benefit The Actors Fund. Monday, April 14th at 7 pm and 9:30 pm at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY

More info at: http://www.actorsfund.org

February 27th, 2008 to March 4th, 2008 - Upcoming!

Dev directs the a new play, St. Bette's by Kathy Coudle King. This full length drama takes place in 1961. "Four young women spend a sweltering summer at a home for unwed mothers. As they await the birth of their babies, they struggle with their choices, and lack of choice. Some may change their minds, others not, but none will ever forget that summer."

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Stella Adler Studio of Acting - Studio C
31 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001
212-689-0087 - for reservations.

Performances February 27th at 7 pm, March 1st at 1 pm & 9 pm, March 2nd at 2 pm March 4th at 7 pm.

Info at: http://stellaadler.com/

February 25th to March 25th, 2008 - Upcoming!

Dev Choreographs the new musical Bombs Away! by Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering. Peter Flynn will direct.

The cast boasts the talents of Mamma Mia!'s Bryan Scott Johnson and Lori Haley Fox, Room Service's Jerry Coyle, Wicked's Sara Jane Everson and Dr. Sex's Chris Corts.

The musical, according to press notes, "centers on Dr. Barry Mishkin, curator of the American Musical Theatre Archives in Washington, DC, who has amassed a collection of numbers and scenes allegedly dropped from Broadway's classic musicals. Dr. Mishkin and his troupe of actors present his collection against the wishes of the writers, their estates, their lawyers, the Supreme Court of New York, and more recently, the FBI's Musical Comedy Fraud Division. Undaunted by his legal troubles, Dr. Mishkin will not be stopped in his compulsion to present these rare, raw, frequently embarrassing pieces of Broadway history. As the evening progresses, Dr. Mishkin authenticates the provenance of his collection by providing anecdotal information and promoting his legal defense fund while preparing the audience for the strong possibility that there might be a raid."

The musical, which is described as "the worst of the best of Broadway," will play at the intimate Don't Tell Mama cabaret February 25 and 26 and March 3, 10, 11, 17, 24 and 25 (All shows begin at 9 pm, expect for March 17 and 24, which begin at 6 pm). Tickets are $20 plus a two-drink minimum; for reservations call 212-757-0788 more info at Don't Tell Mama Cabaret and Piano Bar NYC

Don't Tell Mama logo The Don't Tell Mama cabaret is located in Manhattan at 343 West 46th Street

November 29th through December 16th, 2007

Dev Choreographs Man of La Mancha starring Robert Cucciolli for the brand new White Plains Performing Arts Center. This classic musical will launch the theatre's inaugural season of musicals.

Luke Yankee directs.

More info at: http://www.wppac.com/

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October 29th, 2007

Dev directs a reading of the new musical Lizan, Book and Lyrics by Bil Wright and Music by Alden Terry. "Lizan is about a young woman who is at the center of a scandal when she is hit by a bullet meant for African American presidential candidate Chapman Jordan."
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The first Act of this musical will be presented at The National Arts Club 15 Grammercy Park South New York, NY at 7pm. More info at: http://www.nationalartsclub.org/

October 2007

     

Dev will be workshopping the new musical Nate the Great. This show is based on the classic children's book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmant.  "Everyone's favorite detective - Nate the Great - has been delighting beginning readers for 30 years. The quirky characters and simple, clever storylines are a big hit with kids - all of whom love to solve each mystery alongside the most popular sleuth in the business." Directed by Peter Flynn.

The show will have a full production and tour in 2008.

illustration © 1972 by Mark Simont. Used by permission of Random House
This will be Dev's 4th collaboration with TheatreworksUSA. The show will have a full production and tour in 2008. More info at www.theatreworksusa.org

August 2007

Dev Directs and Choreographs the World Premiere of Bye, Bye Big Guy. A new musical for The New York International Fringe Festival.
Written by Michael Slade, Music by David Evans, Lyrics by Faye Greenberg.
The show is an irreverent, raunchy musical spoof of celebrity memorial services. Fractured fairy tale characters, ridiculous tributes, inappropriate singing, ill-advised dancing, and a multitude of dwarfs come together to pay their last respects to a giant of a man, Rumplestiltskin.
"Bye Bye Big Guy"
The Festival runs August 10th through August 26th in New York City.
More info at: http://www.byebyebigguy.com

July 2007

Dev will be on board the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn directing a concert production of the classic musical Annie. Starring Andrea McArdle (the original Broadway Annie) and Rosie O'Donnell as Miss Hannigan. It will be presented by R Family Vacations as part of the entertainment on this year's Summer Cruise.
Wonderland One-Act Festival
More info at www.rfamilyvacations.com

June 25, 2007

Dev remounts the hit family musical How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The Chicago Sun-Times declares this Aesops Fables Musical will "charm audiences ages 6 to 60." A wacky professor ? and beloved tales including "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf " ? help six students discover the power of imagination in this "Broadway-style riff on Aesops Fables." - Chicago Tribune.

Performances are July 5 - August 12, 2007.

"How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?"
More info at: www.chicagoshakes.com

June 7, 2007

Dev is currently workshopping his 3rd new musical for TheatreworksUSA with Director Kevin Del Aguila. It is called If You Give A Pig a Pancake based on 10 children's books and written by 10 different musical theatre writing teams. The show will have a full production and tour later this year.
"If You Give a Pig a Pancake"
theatreworksUSA More info at www.theatreworksusa.org

June 3, 2007

Dev is currently directing September 11th, 1999, a new play by Stuart Gerber. It will have it's World Premier in the Wonderland One-Act Festival in New York City on June 4th, 2007. Performances are at Theatre Row / Studio Workshop Theatre - 410 West 42nd Street in New York. Wonderland One-Act Festival
More info at www.youarehereproductions.com
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