“Monsoon Wedding,” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater is a glorious production; its music, dance, songs, costumes, and sets — everything except an elephant — all combine to evoke the exotic splendor of an Indian wedding. Even if it were just a spectacular feast for the senses, it would be, but the heart of the play goes far deeper, beyond the spectacle.

Mira Nair has adapted her 2001 movie for this world-premiere production, which opened, to wild applause and standing ovations in Berkeley on May 19, and has already extended its run through June 2 to accommodate demand for tickets.

“When we made this film, we were painting a portrait of a globalizing India, the India, in fact, we now live in,” Nair said in an interview. “Now, more than ever, there is enormous division and discrepancy between the rich and the poor. There is actual depravity with the ostentation of wealth. There are all kinds of manifestations of this crazily global, yet not always progressing, India. So now, we’ve updated the musical to reflect not just the complexity and madness of today’s India but also what’s going on in America.” And within today’s India are all kinds of love stories, Nair noted.

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At the center of the story is a traditional arranged marriage — with a twist. A young Indian woman, Aditi Verma, has agreed to an arranged marriage to escape from an unhappy affair with a married man. Marriage is her ticket out of Delhi to New Jersey. Her prospective groom, Hemant Rai, whose family has moved to the U.S. explains that in India, he’s considered American, and in America, he’s Indian; he views an arranged marriage to an Indian girl as the solution to his confused identity.

“Monsoon Wedding” opens as relatives are descending on Delhi for the four-day wedding ceremonies. Aditi’s father Lalit Verma welcomes the wedding (“Song of My Heart”) even while worrying about finances and dealing with the local supplier of tents and generators, PK Dubey. Dubey, over the course of the preparations, a great admirer of the Verma’s maid, Alice. How is it, he muses, that he has arranged so many weddings for others — but never one for himself?

Amidst the happy chaos of the arriving relatives, from India and America, (“The Aunties Are Coming”), both burgeoning romances collapse. Cautioned by the married women, (“You Will Learn”) and thrown into doubts by her older cousin, Ria, Aditi decides she has to share her past with the man she will marry; he doesn’t take it well. They call off the marriage, setting the stage for hilarious confrontations between the bride and groom’s families. Meanwhile, Dubey is devastated to learn that the woman he has decided to marry is a Christian, something he is sure his Hindu mother will never approve.

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