Monsoon Wedding, which opened at Off Broadway’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in May after nearly a decade of development, is like a colorful but overstuffed samosa that pays tribute to the music and culture of India without fully bringing them to life in a coherent and memorable story. In the splashiest production numbers, director Mira Nair offers a hint of what she might have achieved if she had more willingly abandoned the hyper-realism of her 2001 movie for a more stylized adaptation willing to loosen its sari a bit.

You can read my full review in the upcoming issue of Musicals magazine.