LIFE OF PI Sets Final Performance On Broadway
Richard Parker will soon be leaving us. The Broadway production of Life of Pi will close July 23 playing its final show at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre after 133 performances and 22 previews.
Olivier Award-winner Hiran Abeysekera will play his final performance as “Pi Patel” on Sunday, July 9 when cast member Uma Paranjpe will assume the role of “Pi” beginning Tuesday, July 11. Paranjpe’s “Pi” is portrayed as female with a gender-flipped version of Lolita Chakrabarti’s original script.
At the 76th Annual Tony Awards last week, Life of Pi won three Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, and Best Sound Design of a Play.
The Broadway production features Brian Thomas Abraham as Cook/Voice of “Richard Parker,” Rajesh Bose as Father, Avery Glymph as Father Martin/Russian Sailor/Admiral Jackson, Mahira Kakkar as Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice, Kirstin Louie as Lulu Chen, Salma Qarnain as Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan, Sathya Sridharan as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji, Daisuke Tsuji as Mr. Okamoto/Captain, Sonya Venugopal as Rani, with Nikki Calonge, Shiloh Goodin, Jon Hoche, Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Jonathan David Martin, Betsy Rosen, Celia Mei Rubin, and Andrew Wilson as Royal Bengal tiger “Richard Parker.” Oge Agulué, Mahnaz Damania, Taha Mandviwala, Usman Ali Mughal, and David Shih round out the cast with Sonya Venugopal as the “Pi” understudy.
Life of Pi is an epic tale of adventure that is "giving new life to Broadway” (The Today Show). After a shipwreck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi survives on a lifeboat with four companions— a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. This remarkable story of hope, faith, and perseverance speaks to every generation. Told through incomparable puppetry and exquisite stagecraft, Life of Pi creates a visually breathtaking journey that will leave you filled with awe and joy.