Abingdon Theatre Company, 312 W. 36th Street, New York, NY 10018-7570

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The Boy Who Danced on Air

Closed June 11, 2017

An unflinching new musical set in Afghanistan

Why See The Boy Who Danced on Air?

San Diego's Critical hit

At its best, musical theatre takes on difficult and even repellent subjects, and illuminates them through nuanced storytelling and intelligent lyricism. The Boy Who Danced on Air is an example of just that.

Premiering in San Diego last year, Jonathan Larson's musical takes on Bacha Bazi - the practise by which young Afghansitani boys are sold to as 'dancing boys' to wealthy older men, who dress them up in women's clothing, train them to dance, and often sexually abuse them. At the core of the work are the characters of two young boys who fall for each other and plan their escape. The stars of the original production reprise their roles for this Abingdon Theatre Company staging, including Troy Iwata, who the San Diego Tribune labelled a "Broadway star-in-the-waiting'.

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Previews from: 15 May 2017

Opening night: 25 May 2017

Cast and Creative


Osh Ghanimah
Troy Iwata
Deven Kolluri
Jonathan Raviv
Nikhil Saboo


Music by Tim Rosser
Book & Lyrics by Charlie Sohne
Music Direction by David Gardos
Choreography by Nejla Yatkin
Directed by Tony Speciale


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