Bombay Dreams of Toronto First, then Broadway

News   Bombay Dreams of Toronto First, then Broadway The new West End musical Bombay Dreams — produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber — is eyeing Toronto for its North American debut.

Variety reports that the musical about a handsome young slum-dweller and his dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie star will have an autumn debut at one of the Mirvish theatres in Toronto before heading to Broadway in 2004. On Sept. 30, Lloyd Webber had announced that Bombay Dreams would open on Broadway in the spring of 2004. In a statement at that time, Lloyd Webber said, "[Composer] A. R. Rahman is nothing short of a melodic genius. It has been thrilling to watch London theatregoers embrace Bombay Dreams with such fervor. Bringing this talent and this musical to Broadway brings my own dreams for this project full-circle." The September announcement also said that the musical will be produced on Broadway by Lloyd Webber, with direction by Steven Pimlott (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and choreography by Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan. The production is designed by Mark Thompson with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Mick Potter.

Bombay Dreams, a love story set against the backdrop of the Bombay film industry, features music by Hindi composer A.R. Rahman and lyrics by Sunset Boulevard's Don Black. Lord Lloyd Webber produced the London world premiere with his Really Useful Company. Featuring a book by novelist-writer-comedian Meera Syal, Bombay Dreams is an original work about the Bombay film industry, otherwise known as Bollywood. London reviews were mixed, although the Daily Mail's Michael Covney wrote, "You can't help being seduced by its energetic charm . . . There can be no doubt that the wonder of the East has worked its charm on the West End." A cast recording was recently released and is available through amazon.com.

Bombay Dreams currently plays London's Apollo Victoria Theatre at 17 Wilton Road. Tickets are available by calling the theatre's box office at 011 44 20 7416 6055.