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Manu Narayan, Bajaj among Carnegie Mellon University trustees
Economic Times: Manu Narayan, Bajaj among Carnegie Mellon University trustees (July 20, 2013)
Hindubusinessline.com: Artiste Manu Narayan named trustee on board of Carnegie Mellon University (July 20, 2013)
Indiaexpress.com: Manu Narayan, Bajaj among Carnegie Mellon University trustees (July 20, 2013)
businessstandard.com: Manu Narayan, Bajaj among Carnegie Mellon University trustees (July 20, 2013)

India Abroad: Manu Narayan tells Arthur J. Pais about his onstage journey and the difficulties of avoiding stereotypes. (November 30, 2012) (Pgs. M1, M3, M10)
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Good Night/Good Morning

Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani in Good Night/Good Morning.

Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani in Good Night/Good Morning.

Twitchfilm.com: Top Ten Indian Films of 2012 by J. Hurtado (January 7, 2013)
“In the grand tradition of the French New Wave, Good Night | Good Morning comes to us from a film critic turned filmmaker. Sudhish Kamath, film writer for major Indian periodical, The Hindu, wrote and directed Good Night | Good Morning and made it all happen with minimal cast and crew. The story of an all night phone call between a pair of potential lovers is short and sweet, but resonant in its depiction of the search for love and the strange turns it sometimes takes. Performed entirely in English, this film deserves to be seen by international audiences, as it rivals any Indie romance out there. Turiya, played by Manu Narayan, embodies his lovesick character’s neurosis and blind faith well. He’s able to tap into emotion when necessary without the distraction of visual or editorial trickery, which is impressive.”

2012 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Nominations (December 21, 2012)

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

Manu Narayan has been nominated for a 2012 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for his electrifying turn as Ricky Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s Glengarry Glen Ross, in the category of outstanding male featured performance in a play.
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Manu Narayan, Mark Bennett, Lea Salonga, Michael K. Lee and Stafford Arima Among 2012 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Nominees (December 23, 2012)
-Broadwayworld.com: Hunter Foster, Lea Salonga and More Earn 2012 Craig Noel Nominations (December 21, 2012)
-Playbill.com: San Diego Critics Nominate Allegiance, Hands on a Hardbody and More by Adam Hetrick (December 21, 2012)
-The Rafu Shimpo ‘ALLEGIANCE’ NOMINATED FOR 6 CRAIG NOEL AWARDS (December 22, 2012)
-utsandiego.com: Plays about prejudice dominate noms by James Hebert (December 21, 2012)
-examiner.com: 2012 Craig Noel Award Nominees Named by Carol Davis (December 21, 2012)
-About.com: 2012 Craig Noel Award Nominees Announced Awards celebrate excellence in San Diego theatre By Angela Mitchell
-San Diego Reader: Craig Noel Award nominees, part two by Jeff Smith (December 22, 2012)

Glengarry Glen Ross

Manu Narayan as Richard Roma, in the dressing room of the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre in La Jolla, CA. on September 30, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Manu Narayan as Richard Roma, in the dressing room of the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre in La Jolla, CA. on September 30, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

Los Angeles Times Theater review: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ crackles with energy by Charles McNulty (September 26, 2012)
Los Angeles Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty writes, “The success of Ashley’s tight and tense production owes a good deal to the actors in these roles, Peter Maloney as down-and-out Shelly Levene determined to regain his office mojo, and Manu Narayan as Richard Roma, the slick, unscrupulous king of the conspicuously placed sales leader board, which never lets anyone forget who’s on top…Closing deals is clearly a high-testosterone activity. When Roma puts the moves on a prospective buyer, it’s as though he’s making love to them. Narayan has the character strut around like a foul-mouthed Casanova. It’s an attention-grabbing performance — any minute you half-expect this Roma to break out some “Saturday Night Fever” dance moves — and it adds to the velocity of Ashley’s thrillingly paced production.”

Manu Narayan as “Richard Roma” and Jeff Marlow as “James Lingk” in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. © Jim Carmody

Manu Narayan as “Richard Roma” and Jeff Marlow as “James Lingk” in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. © Jim Carmody

North County Times: THEATER REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Glengarry’ is sharp, bitingly funny by Pam Kragen (September 23, 2012)
Pam Kragen of the North County Times writes, “Manu Narayan is dazzling as the testosterone-fueled Richard Roma, the slick, charismatic sales leader who easily overwhelms the resistance of his timid, awe-struck mark with a blizzard of self-important, nonsensical phraseology. It’s clear that Roma is selling more than swamp land in Glengarry Highlands to his wimpy, henpecked customer James Lingk. He’s selling machismo and Lingk (a quivering, cowering Jeff Marlow) is most definitely buying.”

Manu Narayan (left) as “Richard Roma” and James Sutorius as “Dave Moss” in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Manu Narayan (left) as “Richard Roma” and James Sutorius as “Dave Moss” in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

SDGLN.com: Theater Review Glengarry Glen Ross by Jean Lowerison (September 27, 2012)
SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison writes,”Narayan’s Roma is everything you’d expect a sleazebag salesman to be: fleet of tongue, shy on ethics and a human verbal bulldozer who doesn’t take “no” for an answer.”

Peter Maloney, Manu Narayan, Johnny Wu and Ray Anthony Thomas in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Peter Maloney, Manu Narayan, Johnny Wu and Ray Anthony Thomas in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, by David Mamet, directed by Christopher Ashley, running through Oct. 21. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

La Jolla Light: Mamet’s Words Still Ring True with Fine Cast of Glengarry Glen Ross at the La Jolla Playhouse by Jessica Ordon (September 26, 2012)
La Jolla Light Theater Critic Jessica Ordon writes, “Manu Narayan gives an energetic performance as Richard Roma, a character made up of off-color charm, luck, and lies.”
San Diego City Beat: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’: Dirty deeds and premium leads by David L. Coddon (September 26, 2012)
San Diego City Beat Theater Critic David L. Coddon writes, “Even the comparatively successful Richard Roma (Manu Narayan) is in fierce competition not only with his fellow agents, but also with a creeping part of himself that wants to F-bomb it all… Narayan’s performance as Roma, which manages gestures of tenderness toward the pitiable Shelly, is the stoutest among a cast…”
SanDiegostory.com: This Glengarry Glen Ross a Soft Sell by Ken Herman (October 4, 2012)
SanDiegostory.com Theater Critic Ken Herman writes, “However, whenever Manu Narayan as the eerily captivating Ricky Roma was on stage, the play soared. Narayan not only delivered a pitch-perfect take on the character of this devious, narcissistic hawker of worthless real estate, but he vigorously telegraphed the terse, staccato scan of Mamet’s prose. Roma believes he is larger than life, and Narayan made even the slightest gesture stoke his smarmy illusion.”
-Berkshirefinearts.com: Glengarry Glen Ross at La JollaPlayhouse Review (September 26, 2012)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Manu Narayan, Johnny Wu, Peter Maloney, Jeff Marlow, Matt MacNelly, James Sutorius & Ray Anthony Thomas Set for La Jolla Playhouse’s Glengarry Glen Ross, September 18- October 21, 2012 by Lia Chang (September 12, 2012)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Multimedia: Manu Narayan Dazzles as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s Revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross (October 3, 2012)

2012 Varli Culinary Awards

November 15, 2012: Actor Manu Narayan, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, and UAE super critic Gaurav Tandon shared co-hosting duties at the First Annual Varli Culinary Awards at The Altman Building in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

November 15, 2012: Actor Manu Narayan, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, and UAE super critic Gaurav Tandon shared co-hosting duties at the First Annual Varli Culinary Awards at The Altman Building in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts 1st Annual Varli Culinary Awards with Co-hosts Manu Narayan, Jehangir Mehta & Gaurav Tandon in New York on November 15, 2012
-News India Times: Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts Varli Culinary Awards (November 20, 2012)
-Bibi Magazine: Inaugural Varli Culinary Awards Winners (November 26, 2012)
-The Indian Panorama: Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts Varli Culinary Awards(November 28, 2012)
-Lassi with Lavina: Varli Culinary Awards: A Pat on the back for Indian Food (November 27, 2012)

New York Indian Film Festival
-india.blogs.nytimes.com: India Ink: At New York’s Indian Film Festival, a Focus on Youth By SHIVANI VORA (May 25, 2012)

Two Gentleman of Verona
-playbill.com: Robin De Jesus and Javier Muñoz Are Two Gentlemen of Verona, Starting Jan. 27 By Adam Hetrick (January 27, 2012)

The Rivals at Baltimore CenterStage

Manu Narayan and Kristine Nielsen in the CENTERSTAGE production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals, directed by David Schweizer. Photo © Richard Anderson

Manu Narayan and Kristine Nielsen in the CENTERSTAGE production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals, directed by David Schweizer. Photo © Richard Anderson

-The Rivals Production Photos and Press Page
-MD Theatre Guide: The Rivals at CenterStage By ZSun-nee Matema (October 8, 2011) “Two suitors soon vie for the hand of Lydia – Captain Jack Absolute (Manu Narayan) who is accessible, charming and handsome…”

Yeast Nation
-Nytimes.com: New York Fringe Festival Report: Yeast Nation by Jason Zinnoman (August 17, 2011)
Jan the Wise (played with delightful oily charm by Manu Narayan) celebrates the virtue of staying put and following the “strictures” in the very funny tune “Stasis Is the Membrane.”
…..The high marks of “Yeast Nation” — at La MaMa, where it has sold out its four remaining performances — arrive at the start of the second act with two charming duets, by the power-hungry plotters (Mr. Narayan and Joy Suprano, who plays Jan the Sly)…”
-theatermania.com: FringeNYC Announces Overall Excellence Award Winners By Dan Bacalzo (Aug 28, 2011) “The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) has announced the winners of the 2011 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards:
Overall Production/Musical-Yeast Nation”
-Call Me Adam: Manu Narayan Interview by Adaumbelle’s Quest (August 9, 2011)
-theatermania.com: Harriet Harris, Hedda Lettuce, Manu Narayan, Brian Charles Rooney, et al. Set for 2011 FringeNYC By Dan Bacalzo (Jul 5, 2011)
-culture.wnyc.org: FringeNYC: Five Questions for Playwright Mark Hollmann: Slideshow (August 10, 2011)
-backstage.com: Yeast Nation (The Triumph of Life) By Suzy Evans (Aug. 18, 2011)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre Workshops
-theatermania.com: Mark Brokaw, Manu Narayan, Sally Wilfert et al. Set for Yale Institute for Music Theatre Workshops by Dan Bacalzo (Jun 7, 2011)
-playbill.com: Yale Workshops of Three New Musicals Will Feature Manu Narayan, Sally Wilfert, Eryn Murman, Allie Trimm By Adam Hetrick (Jun 8, 2011)

A Night in the Old Marketplace

Manu Narayan and Charlotte Cohn in Frank London's 'A Night in The Old Marketplace'

Manu Narayan and Charlotte Cohn in Frank London’s ‘A Night in The Old Marketplace’

-gailsez.org: “A Night in the Old Marketplace” (January 30, 2011)“The Badkhn (Manu Narayan) – a kind of traditional Jewish wedding jester – appeals to the Gargoyle (Charlotte Cohn) to resurrect the dead so that Sheyndele and Nosn can be married and the world set at rights once again…I was especially impressed with Narayan – who is both a strong and charismatic actor and a remarkable singer”

The Last Airbender (Release date: July 1, 2010)

Manu Narayan at the Fire Nation Head Prison Guard in The Last Airbender. © 2010 Paramount Pictures

Manu Narayan as the Fire Nation Head Prison Guard in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. © 2010 Paramount Pictures

hotflick.net: Manu Narayan as the Fire Nation Head Prison Guard in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. © 2010 Paramount Pictures

Good Night/Good Morning
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-The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : Love comes calling by Shonali Muthalaly (July 20, 2010)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning Starring Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani in Theaters 
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night|Good Morning Starring Manu Narayan & Seema Rahmani Screens in Mumbai 10/24, NY on 10/28
-The India Express: Positive Vibes by Shalini Langer (Jan 21 2012)
-behindwoods.com: GOOD NIGHT GOOD MORNING: GREAT OR NOT? by Anuja Chandramouli (January 28, 2012)
Bollyspice.com: REFLECTIONS 2012: Films you should have seen in 2012 By Katherine Matthews (January 6, 2013)
Twitchfilm.com: Top Ten Indian Films of 2012 by J. Hurtado (January 13, 2013)

Heading East

Manu Narayan (center) and the cast of Heading East, a musical by Robert Lee and Leon Ko, at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium at Asia Society in New York, May 24-26, 2010. © Lia Chang

-Manu Narayan (center) and the cast of Heading East, a musical by Robert Lee and Leon Ko, at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium at Asia Society in New York, May 24-26, 2010. © Lia Chang

-Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society (May 24, 2010)
-playbill.com: Heading East Concerts, with B.D. Wong and Manu Narayan, Presented May 24-26 By Andrew Gans (May 24, 2010)
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Walkaway
-wireimage.com: NEW YORK – OCTOBER 26: Actor Manu Narayan attends the premiere of ‘Walkaway’ at Big Cinemas Manhattan on October 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: Shailja Gupta’s WALKAWAY Featuring Manu Narayan and Samrat Chakrabarti, Opens on 26 Screens Across 18 Cities on 10/29/10 

Lisbon Traviata at The Kennedy Center

Manu Narayan, Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Chris Hartl in Lisbon Traviata. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Manu Narayan, Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Chris Hartl in Lisbon Traviata. Photo by Carol Rosegg

-backstage.com: Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera: Golden Age,The Lisbon Traviata, and Master Class By Erik Haagensen (April 6, 2010)“Manu Narayan is an alluring Mike, enraptured with Paul… The intense Narayan makes it clear both why Stephen can’t bear to lose him and why Mike must go.”
playbill.com: Glover and Gets Open McNally’s Lisbon Traviata in Washington, D.C. March 25 By Adam Hetrick (March 25, 2010)
-theatermania.com: The Lisbon Traviata By Brian Scott Lipton (Mar 26, 2010)

Cyrano at Baltimore CenterStage

Manu Narayan and Sarah Grace Wilson in CENTERSTAGE’s production of Cyrano by Jo Roets, directed by David Schweizer. Photo © Richard Anderson.

Manu Narayan and Sarah Grace Wilson in CENTERSTAGE’s production of Cyrano by Jo Roets, directed by David Schweizer. Photo © Richard Anderson.

-Cyrano Production Photos and Press Page
-broadwayworld.com: BWW Interviews: Manu Narayan by Charles Shubow (February 6, 2010)
-The Baltimore Sun: Center Stage’s amiable ‘Cyrano’ by Tim Smith (January 21, 2010)
“Manu Narayan makes an especially effective Cyrano, lithe and natural of gesture, and he puts a consistently telling spin on his lines. In the exchange between Cyrano and Roxane, when he’s impatiently expecting her to utter his name as the one she secretly loves, Narayan even gets delectable results just from the way he utters “uh.”

The actor’s stylish phrasing infuses the balcony scene with a touching quality; same for the finale, when the truth of Cyrano’s sacrifice finally emerges.”

Broadway Unplugged Concert at Town Hall
-Broadwayworld.com: Broadway Unplugged Concert (November 18, 2009)

The Cure
-Broadway’s Manu Narayan Will Lead THE CURE At NYMF 9/29-10/11 (September 29, 2009)
-theatermania.com: NYMF Preview: Michael Buchanan and Manu Narayan perform a number from The Cure at the Press Preview for the New York Musical Theater Festival held at New World Stages, New York City – September 21, 2009
-theatermania.com: Bryan Fenkart, Todd Alan Johnson, Manu Narayan, et al. Set for December 13 Concert Reading of The Cure By Andy Propst (Dec 8, 2010)

One
-theatermania.com: Paolo Montalban, Manu Narayan, Michael Winther, et al. Set for One Musical at 59E59 by Dan Bacalzo (August 3, 2009)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: ONE Musical stars Paolo Montalban, Manu Narayan, Pearl Sun and Michael Winther (August 26, 2009)

The Love Guru

Mike Myers as Guru Pitka and Manu Narayan as Rajneesh in The Love Guru. Photo Credit: George Kraychyk. © 2008 by PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved.

Mike Myers as Guru Pitka and Manu Narayan as Rajneesh in The Love Guru. Photo Credit: George Kraychyk. © 2008 by PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved.

-Open Chest with Raj Girn: In Conversation with Manu Narayan (March 1, 2008)
-The Indian American: A Star is Born: Manu Narayan’s Big Break by Geeta Bhathnagar-Novotny (May/June 2008)
-monstersandcritics.com: 06/11/2008 – Manu Narayan – “The Love Guru” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Grauman’s Chinese Theater – Hollywood, CA, USA © David Gabber / PR Photos
-khabar.com: Manu Narayan on The Love Guru and acting by Maria Giovanna (June 2008)
-pacificrimphotopress.com: Manu Narayan and Gotham Chopra at the Los Angeles Premiere of The Love Guru held at the Grauman s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. on June 11, 2008. Photo by PRPP_Pacific Rim Photo Press.
-sajaforum.org: FILMS: LISTEN TO WEBCAST WITH MANU NARAYAN OF “THE LOVE GURU
-ibnlive.in.com: Indian American makes dream debut in H’wood by
Indira Kannan, CNN-IBN (Jun 28, 2008)

-asiancemagazine.com: Manu Narayan in The Love Guru (July 2008)
-postgazette.com: Pittsburgh still ‘home’ to actor born in Delmont By Kate Luce Angell (August 28, 2008)

A Night of Operetta at Town Hall
-Broadwayworld.com: A Night of Operetta at Town Hall (July 18, 2007)

Les Misérables at The Muny

Manu Narayan and the company of the Muny production of Les Misérables. photo by Larry Pry/The Muny

Manu Narayan and the company of the Muny production of Les Misérables. photo by Larry Pry/The Muny

-playbill.com: Muny Season Concludes With Les Misérables Aug. 6 By Andrew Gans and Kenneth Jones (August 6, 2007)

NAATCO’s Falsettoland

Jason Ma, Francis Jue, Manu Narayan, Ann Sanders, Ben Wu, MaryAnn Hu and Christine Toy Johnson are the merry musical neurotics in NAATCO's Falsettoland at the Dimson Theater in New York through July 1, 2007. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Jason Ma, Francis Jue, Manu Narayan, Ann Sanders, Ben Wu, MaryAnn Hu and Christine Toy Johnson are the merry musical neurotics in NAATCO’s Falsettoland at the Dimson Theater in New York through July 1, 2007. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

nytheatre.com Falsettoland review by Martin Denton (June 17, 2007)
NAATCO has brought together an outstanding ensemble…But the standouts here are Manu Narayan, as a sexy, frisky, warm-hearted Whizzer,

Playbill.com: “Unlikely Lovers”: NAATCO’s Falsettoland, with Jue, Ma, Narayan and Sanders, Begins June 14 By Andrew Gans (June 14, 2007)

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Preview: NAATCO’s Falsettoland (May 30, 2007)
-Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: NAATCO’s Pitch Perfect Falsettoland Hits All the Right Notes (July 1, 2004)

The Boys from Syracuse at Baltimore CenterStage

Manu Narayan gets pampered by (from left) Jessica Wu, Rosa Curry, Laura Lee Anderson, and Charlotte Cohn in the Boys from Syracuse at Baltimore CenterStage.  Photo by Richard Anderson

Manu Narayan gets pampered by (from left) Jessica Wu, Rosa Curry, Laura Lee Anderson, and Charlotte Cohn in the Boys from Syracuse at Baltimore CenterStage. Photo by Richard Anderson

-broadwayworld.com: “Boys from Syracuse,” Baltimore, NYC & the World, Pt. 2 (December 18, 2006)
-citypaper.com: Ham on Wry, Center Stage’s The Boys from Syracuse Loves Being In Love With Artifice by Geoffrey Himes (December 20, 2006) “It’s a strong cast throughout, but the standout is Manu Narayan (the Syracuse Antipholus)… that rare quadruple threat who can sing, dance, act, and tell jokes. He delivers “Dear Old Syracuse” as a yearning homesick number and “You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea” as a heartbreaking farewell song.

His best moment, though, comes on “This Can’t Be Love,” Hart’s diabolical observation that love must be accompanied by dizzy spells and sobbing sighs, so a healthy relationship can never be true love. In the song, Narayan denies his obvious love for Figueroa, and she denies hers for him. And after all the words have been said, they do what any pair of lovers afraid to admit their feelings should do: a soft-shoe dance number.”

subUrbia by Eric Bogosian at Second Stage

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Peter Scanavino, Halley Feiffer, Gaby Hoffmann, Daniel Eric Gold, Michael Esper (seated on ground), Kieran Culkin, Jessica Capshaw, Manu Narayan, Diksha Basu. c 2006 Joan Marcus

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Peter Scanavino, Halley Feiffer, Gaby Hoffmann,
Daniel Eric Gold, Michael Esper (seated on ground), Kieran Culkin, Jessica Capshaw, Manu Narayan, Diksha Basu. c 2006 Joan Marcus

-nytimes.com: Writer and director will confer at home by Celia McGee (August 27,2006)
Manu Narayan, who plays Nazeer, “SubUrbia’s” immigrant conscience, added that in the new version: “Nazeer talks about the political situation in Pakistan and how a change of regimes affected certain classes of people, who had to leave the country. You understand why these people want to live here, which is more important to them than their religion.”
-Nytheatre.com: suburbia Review by Martin Denton (September 23, 2006)
“There are, though, some terrific performances to savor in this production of subUrbia, …Manu Narayan’s fully-fleshed out portrayal of the convenience store owner Norman…”
broadway.com: SubUrbia Opening Sees Stars of Past and Present Collide at Planet Hollywood
-villagevoice.com: No Way Out, Pre-tech or postmodern, realist plays offer a glimpse at living death By Michael Feingold (Sep 26 2006)

The Bollywood Fashion Awards on July 29, 2006
-Bollywood Fashion Awards recognize Indo-American talents (August 1, 2006) “The Bollywood Fashion Awards were held in New York on July 29, 2006, with Broadway’s Bombay Dreams’ lead Manu Narayan as host. Narayan also performed two new songs.”

Quarter Life Crisis
-Quarterlife Crisis trailer

Getting Home by Anton Dudley at McGinn/Cazale Theatre
-villagevoice.com: Urban Legends, Fairy tales fare better when they don’t talk about love by David Kornhaber (Jun 13 2006)
-nytimes.com: Anton Dudley’s ‘Getting Home’ Makes Love in the City Short, Sweet and Simple by George Hunka (June 20, 2006)

SIDD
-nytimes.com:’SIDD’, A Mystical Quest That Now Requires Tunes for Nirvana By CHARLES ISHERWOOD (March 16, 2006)

THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR By Henry Adam, Directed by Evan Yionoulis at Yale Repertory Theatre, January 13 – February 4, 2006

Manu Narayan as Nigel in The People Next Door at Yale Rep.  Photo (c) Joan Marcus, 2006

Manu Narayan as Nigel in The People Next Door at Yale Rep. Photo (c) Joan Marcus, 2006

-yaledailynews.com: The People Next Door Review by Carly Zien (January 20, 2006) “The play opens with Nigel (Manu Narayan), a Muslim gangsta wannabe with an accent that suggests a combination of Ebonics, cockney, and Ali G, smoking cocaine off of his “coffee table” assembled from an ironing board, a milk crate and a stack of phone books. Narayan is especially astounding as Nigel, incited by his troubles to clamber from the position of a thumb-sucking, T-shirt pulling deadbeat to that of an enlightened character. Indeed, Nigel seems to have a better sense of self than other characters in the play and, very possibly, many members of the audience. At every stage in his transformation, Narayan peppers Nigel with exceptionally detailed comedic quirks and imbues him with an extremely relatable honesty.”
-Courant.com: Dark Fairy Tale Of Our Times `People Next Door’ A Powerful Drama Of Prejudice, Fear by Malcolm Johnson (January 21, 2006)
Fueling the new import, which opened Thursday night, is the volatile, eminently watchable, deeply felt performance by Manu Narayan as Nigel Brunswick, a child of racially mixed parentage who is an ill-informed consumer of drugs and home-rolled smokes, as well as Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup.

Underlining the identity crisis of this poor soul on a disability dole is the first sentence: “My name is Salif, bwa.” Cast off by his mother, now hooked up with a white bloke, and living on his own in a dreary flat made more depressing by clutter, Nigel is searching vainly for what is now called selfhood. Hence the African or Muslim name. Narayan makes Nigel entirely real and singular. The mercurial, sad/funny Narayan fill the stage with conflict that, with fight direction by David DeBesse, is frightening in intensity. With a black copper’s boot on Nigel’s neck and head, his arms twisted and his body slammed, Narayan’s acting makes every bout of torture and turn in the plot jab at raw nerves…”
-The People Next Door Production Photos

Bombay Dreams

Sriram Ganesan (center, left) and Manu Narayan lead the company of Bombay Dreams. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sriram Ganesan (center, left) and Manu Narayan lead the company of Bombay Dreams. Photo by Joan Marcus

-Midday.com: Beeline for Bombay Dreams (April 11, 2004)
“Manu Narayan, who plays Akaash, is probably the find of the musical. He is blessed with a beautiful singing voice and a style that recalls the young John Travolta.”
-indiaglitz.com: ‘Bombay Dreams’ brightens Broadway (June 26,2004)
“Bombay Dreams,” a musical about the Indian movie industry imported from London and revised for American audiences, has brought Bollywood to Broadway…the good news is there is much to like about this Andrew Lloyd Webber production and its mostly American cast headed by a promising young star, Manu Narayan, reports UPI.

Narayan is a compelling actor and outstanding singer who can light up a stage with sheer force of personality. Luckily, he is on the stage most of the time.

Narayan plays Akaash, a handsome slum youth of the untouchable caste who catches the eye of a seductively curvaceous and domineering movie star named Rani.”
-playbill.com: Bombay Dreams Playbill
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A dream comes true for local actors By Christopher Rawson (December 3, 2003)
-broadway.com: Sneak Peek at Bombay Dreams (March 2, 2004)
-Film Magic: Anisha Nagarajan, Glenn Close and Manu Narayan *Exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic) Glenn Close Visits “Bombay Dreams” on Broadway (March 30, 2004)
-Newsweek Society: American Masala: They’ve changed the way we eat, dress, work and play. South Asians come here from many places, and they succeed by blending East and West 2004
-The Hindu: Broadway dreams! Manu Narayan has landed the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway production of “Bombay Dreams.” by SUDHA UMASHANKER (March 15, 2004)
-Broadway.com: Bombay’s Rahman Toasted by India Awards (April 2, 2004)
Bombay Dreams Photo Gallery
-Bombay Dreams, Taboo, Moscow Among 2004 Drama League Nominees; Wicked, Frozen, Wife, Too By Kenneth Jones (April 20, 2004)
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-playbill.com: Drama League Announces Roster of Honorees By Robert Simonson (April 23, 2004)
-platzer-twinimages.photoshelter.com: Drama League Luncheon May 2004
-broadway.com: A Boisterous Bash for Bombay Dreams (April 29, 2004)
-BBC News: In pictures: Bombay Dreams hits Broadway (April 30, 2004)
-playbill.com: THE LEADING MEN: Bolly High By Wayman Wong (May 1, 2004)
-americantheatrewing.org: Interview with Ayesha Dharker and Manu Narayan of Bombay Dreams (June 11, 2004)
-Nirali Magazine: Brown on Broadway by Pallavi Somusetty, Premiere Issue (September 2004)
-The Hindu: Tamil Nadu – Chennai: Bombay Dreams actor returns to roots in Chennai (July 3, 2005)

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-pluralism.org: Manu Narayan has received the 2005 Upakar Community Artist of the Year award (3) for his contributions as a saxophonist and performer, particularly as the lead in Broadway’s Bombay Dreams
“Another piece that addresses combining Indian and American values is Manu Narayan’s 2005 Upakar Artist of the Year Award acceptance speech, published in India Abroad on July 15th. Narayan, who is a Broadway performer, talked about the expectations for South Asians in the United States and his experience growing up as an Indian American. “The New York Times had an interesting series of articles in May talking about class in America. The articles profiled people from ethnic groups and stratus of wealth and how they were able or not able to achieve their dreams of success. The findings were pretty startling to me. The gist was that the idea of achieving the America Dream is not as easy as it was. Because of economics and lower standards of education, opportunities for financial, personal, and professional successes are closed to more and more people who are not born into them. The American Dream is a concept that all of us understand. We are all brought up to believe that in this country no matter how little we start off with and how little education we have, we can be Bill Gates…When my parents came to this country in the late 1960s, like most of our South Asian immigrants, they came with a dream for a better life in America for themselves and their family. They came to build a life for themselves free of the hindrances associated with the caste system, free of educational quotas, and free of financial roadblocks that the former caused. They came to build a life where hard work and perseverance were the only criteria for success” (India Abroad, page A20, July 15, 2005). He talked about how his parents supported his musical interest even at a very young age, but when it came time for college they would only let him study music if he also studied engineering or did pre-med; they told their friends he would be a doctor by day and a singer by night. He concludes: “I am proud that audiences who came saw a brown face as a leading man. Hollywood and the Western media have not embraced our culture in that way yet” (India Abroad, page A20, July 15, 2005).”

Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Michael Greif at The Public Theater/Anspacher Theatre (February 7-April 6, 2003)

S. Epatha Merkerson as Hester (front), Jesse Lenat as Harv, Peter Gerety as The Butcher, Jojo Gonzalez as Hank, Manu Narayan as Hal (L to R back) in Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A at The Public. © Michal Daniel, 2003

S. Epatha Merkerson as Hester (front), Jesse Lenat as Harv, Peter Gerety as The Butcher, Jojo Gonzalez as Hank, Manu Narayan as Hal (L to R back) in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A at The Public. © Michal Daniel, 2003

-Playbill.com: New Drama from Suzan-Lori Parks Opens at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater March 16 By Robert Simonson (March 16, 2003)
-NYPL: Fucking A Video
-Abouttheartists: Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Michael Greif at The Public Theater/Anspacher Theatre (February 7-April 6, 2003)
-broadway.com: Parks’ Scarlet New Show Opens at the Public (March 16, 2003)

RASA Theater
-playbill.com: Lark Theatre and Rasa Theater Stage Indian Diaspora Playwrights Fest in NYC Nov. 13-16 By Kenneth Jones and Christine Ehren (Nov 13, 2002)
-playbill.com: NYC’s South Asian Troupe, Rasa Theater, Stages World Premiere One-Acts by O’Neill and Banka, Feb. 7-22 By Kenneth Jones (February 4, 2004)

Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard at The Wilma Theater(May 1 – June 2, 2002)

Manu Narayan and Grace Zandarski in Indian Ink at The Wilma

Manu Narayan and Grace Zandarski in Indian Ink at The Wilma

Reading Eagle: Tom Stoppard Weaves Art, Politics by George Hatza (May 21, 2002)
-Philadelphia City Paper: Ink Well by Toby Zinman (May 16-22, 2002)
-theatermania.com: Clear Indian Ink By Peter Filichia (May 2002)

The Winter’s Tale
-Playbill.com: Canada’s McKenna Stars in KC Preem of The Winter’s Tale Feb. 1-24 by Kenneth Jones (February 1, 2002)
-Kansas City Infozine: A Winter’s Tale – Review by Dan Born (February 11, 2002)

-Playbill.com: Shakespeare and Co. Production of Romeo and Juliet Closes Sept. 2 by Murdoch McBride (September 2, 2000)

The Tempest
-gailsez.org: “The Tempest” by Gail M. Burns (August 1999)
“Ferdinand is a thankless, smarmy role, to which Manu Narayan brings warmth and humility. He also wears a lion cloth with great aplomb.”

Love’s Labor Lost
-gailsez.org: “Love’s Labors Lost”by Gail M. Burns (August 1999)
There’s one other funny (and talented) fellow on the
stage in the person of Constable Anthony Dull (Manu Narayan).