Love is in the Air, and Music too!

Love! This is one word that excites most of us. And my evening at The Comedy Store made me fall in love all over again with some songs I’d literally forgotten. If you think I’m giving you some gyan on love, pause for a moment. I’m writing about this amazing musical theatre that celebrates love in all its dimensions.

If you are a fan of pop culture, Love is in the Air, directed by Kaizaad Kotwal and Vishal Asrani is a must-watch. And if you’re not yet a fan, you will add to the existing number after you watch this play. This musical will introduce you to pop culture, the humorous way. It will tell you how vital the spelling of LUV can be instead of LOVE.

We’ve known of love’s multiple avatars — romantic, innocent, jealous, obsessive, grounded, heavenly, deep, superficial, profound, young, old, moody, desperate, ecstatic, erotic etc. etc.  But, what this musical does is, simply covers all these dimensions under one act with various songs by various well-known international artistes, all under the theme of love.

While every song is beautifully transformed into a mini play to tell a story of its own, some songs are also accompanied with dance, choreographed by Longinus Fernandes. Unlike other musicals, this cast does not limit themselves to the stage. Every artiste continuously mingles with the audience. (When we talk about love, we invariably transport our minds to fantasy land. Isn’t it?). Now, wouldn’t you want to be a part of something, rather than just sit, watch and laugh? I guess that’s the reason they prefer volunteers to complete the act.

The cast comprised Vishaal Asrani with his entertaining voice, Sarosh Nanavaty with her melodies singing — believe me; this lady takes you to heaven with her voice! Mansi Multani, apart from showcasing her dancing skills also surprised me with her deep and seductive voice and the lady with the best moves was Rashmi Ramesh led by Abhishek Patel.

The first half was definitely entertaining, but as the second half kick started, I found myself clapping and snapping to the beat. Music, of course is the language of love, and dance, the sign language. This was cleverly put forward by the directors and enacted by the cast of Love is in the Air.

- Suezelle D’Costa

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