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Photo Credit: Dennis Corsi


In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led a nonviolent protest called the Salt March, which marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire. 


At the center of the story is Maya Mehta, a Cambridge-educated girl whose family benefits financially from the empire. She strives to be recognized as a poet in the West, while her family plans her wedding to a wealthy prince. But in one life-changing moment, the Salt March arrives on Maya’s doorstep. An eye-opening counter with her former servant, Harini, leads Maya to commit herself to the Salt March, and when Maya joins the thousands in their quest to shake the foundations of an empire, the Mehta family’s world changes forever.


Told with contemporary language and a score that fuses Western pop and Indian Classical music, MĀYĀ is about the ties that hold us, the illusions that bind us and the truth that can finally set us free. 

Creative Team

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Cheeyang Ng

Book & Music


Eric Sorrels

Book & Lyrics

Development History

2024 Musical Theatre West Development Reading

2023 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz Staged Reading, The Wallis

2022 AMAS Musical Theatre Staged Reading, Theatre Row

2021 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Presentation

2020 Eugene O'Neill National Musical Theatre Conference Incubator
Hypokrit Theatre Industry Reading

2020 Pace New Musicals Developmental Residency

2019 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Week at Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

2019 Live & In Color Developmental Residency

2019 Johnny Mercer's Songwriters Project Writing Residency
2018 New York City Center Front and Center with Tom Kitt

Conceived at New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program


2024 Development London, UK

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