Indian-American singer/songwriter and actress Nishi stars this November in New York City's new Off-Broadway original musical 'Angels Giants Monsters' as the mother of all demons, the demon goddess Lilith.
"Not for children," is what this Broadway and Bollywood Princess has to say about the new Off-Broadway musical she stars in this November. With songs such as 'I Want Your Sex' which Nishi wrote and sings half-way through the production, and performs as a lap dance upon veteran actor Carl Ly-min, this is not your grandmother's musical.
Indeed, Angels Giants Monsters, written and directed by Philadelphia-based playwright Exavier Wardlaw Muhammad, is a Biblical-themed musical based on the Book of Enoch and set during the beginning of the Old Testament. The Book of Enoch is not a part of the modern Biblical canon, but its story is echoed in the Book of Noah and tells of the days before the Flood, when giants and monsters roamed the earth.
In Angels, Nishi plays 'Lilith', the first woman ever created by God. Created equal to man, Lilith is a very smart woman, smarter even than the first man, Adam. Rejecting Adam's comical advances, Nishi's 'Lilith' uses her beauty, intelligence and sexual wiles to take revenge upon a God she feels has cursed her to an eternal life where she is not truly free to live as she wishes.
For Nishi, a professional singer who released her first CD in 2005, and a professional actress who has starred on the New York City stage in musicals and plays since 2009, the role of 'Lilith' is one that is new and challenging. Nishi had just finished performing as a sexual and predatory vampire vixen in Dracula with the Brooklyn-based Heights Players Theatre in September, and immediately went into rehearsals for Angels in October. Nishi's 'Lilith', she says, bares similarities to her sex-kitten vampire vixen, but is much more emotional, volatile, unstable and deeply angered by God. "This is a role I was born to play," says Nishi. "I sing with vengeance, with power, with lust. Through Lilith, I not only portray her sexual and emotional depths, but also my own."
The musical begins with the creation of mankind and the arrival of the Fallen Angels of God, led by Lucifer, also known as Satan. Lucifer has refused to obey God's command to bow down to the men made of clay and tells his Angels they will rule man as is their right and take wives of men and rule the world. It is through Lilith that Lucifer first acts. Lilith, having been created equal to Adam, wants more from her eternal existence than to be a simple mate to Adam and runs away from him. When God's Angels visit her to order her back to Adam, she refuses and curses the line of Adam. Making love to Lucifer, she helps to create a world of demons, becoming the mother of all demons.
The musical, says Nishi, at times comical, is a story of beauty - tragic and horrific. It explores the unjust horrors of the world, from murder and rape to the eventual destruction of all that is bad. The musical is an open commentary on the story of the demons and angels in the Bible. Due to its adult content, potential audience members are cautioned if they are easily offended or may be disturbed by scenes of implied rape and murder.
Nishi, described popularly as a Bollywood singer because of her Indian background and dance music which contains seductive Indian beats, was raised in upstate New York from the time she was five years old. She credits her musical style to growing up in the '80's and '90's with artists such as Sting, Madonna, Aerosmith and Creed; the Red Hot Chili Peppers are her favorite band. With powerhouse vocals showcased in songs such as Hell is Full of Sunshine in Angels Giants Monsters, Nishi's influences as an American rock and pop singer are well-evidenced throughout the production.
The musical is comprised of significant talent. Lucifer is played by international film, television and radio star Louis Williams, whose film credits include Europe's Reanimator and Vivancos III, Dune 7 and whose American film and television credits include performances with Sydney Pollack in The Sopranos, with Matt Dillon and Danny Glover in The Saint of Fort Washington and with Mickey Rourke in Thirteen.
The talented cast includes Mark Gering in the dual roles of 'Adam' and 'Abel', Matt Metzgar as 'Cain' and ' Azazel', Cinzia Mungo as 'Eve' and exceptional actors, musicians and dancers Avery Benson, Anna Nora Bernstein, Ruya Koman, Joyce Laoagan, Carl Ly-min, Joel Magee, Gideon Samson and Jatin Saraf . The playwright and director himself, Mr. Exavier Wardlaw Muhammad, arrives to portray Enoch at the end. Nishi and her co-stars have all contributed original music, lyrics, songs and melodies to the production. The principal songs and scores are composed by blind musician Lou Champion, and musicians and artists Elliot Levin and Max Benson.
Angels Giants Monsters opens November 25, 2011 for a limited three-night only run at the Medicine Show Theatre at 549 West 52nd Street on Manhattan's west-side by 10th Avenue. Tickets and show times to be available on the musical's website http://www.angelsgiantsmonsters.com and more information about Nishi is available at http://nishimusic.com