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Stony Brook grad student proposes on Broadway stage

On the Marquis Theatre stage, Deepjot Anand proposes

On the Marquis Theatre stage, Deepjot Anand proposes to his girlfriend Erica Ravin. She said yes. (March 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

He did it his way.

At the Saturday night preview of Twyla Tharp's Frank Sinatra jukebox musical "Come Fly Away" at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, Stony Brook University grad students Deepjot Anand and Erica Ravin got engaged onstage following final curtain.

Less Sinatra fan than sentimentalist, the Queens-born Anand, 25, said his proposal book ended the couple's "first official date" 4 1/2 years ago, when they had dinner at the attached Marriott Marquis hotel and took in a performance of Tharp's Billy Joel musical "Movin' Out" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

He got the nuptial notion about a month ago while buying tickets for the show, which opens March 25.

"I thought it was a novel idea," Anand says of doing a post-performance proposal, "but from what I'm hearing, apparently it's not."

Fortunately for Anand, legendary choreographer-turned-director Tharp must have a soft spot for young lovers, whoever they are, and hoped that their troubles are few.

"I looked up Twyla's Web site, and her e-mail address was there," Anand says. "I e-mailed it and got a response the same day from her assistant," Roy Chicas, "and we took it from there. I couldn't believe it!"

Seated on the aisle in orchestra row F, they were approached during curtain call by a stage manager who told them "they were going to bring us up on stage for some random stage performance," Anand says.

Did Ravin, 24, from Smithtown, believe that? "No," she answers, chuckling.

"Yes, you did," Anand tells her.

"No, I didn't," she replies.

Take a friendly tip on marriage, Anand: Your wife is always right!

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