Full Monty's Yazbek Lends American Sensibility to Bombay Dreams

News   Full Monty's Yazbek Lends American Sensibility to Bombay Dreams David Yazbek, who received a Tony Award nomination for the score to The Full Monty, is now working on the lyrics for the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams.

David Yazbek
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A spokesperson for the production told Playbill On-Line, "Like Thomas Meehan, David Yazbek has been working with the creative team of Bombay Dreams to lend an American sensibility to some of the lyrics. He has contributed in this capacity to one musical number to date."

A hit in London, Bombay Dreams will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre March 29. Heading the cast of the musical will be Manu Narayan (as Akaash), Anisha Nagarajan (as Priya), Ayesha Dharker (as Rani), Sriram Ganesan (as Sweetie), Marvin L. Ishmael (as Madan), Deep Katdare (as Vikram) and Madhur Jaffrey (as Shanti). The ensemble comprises Jolly Abraham, Mueen Jahan Ahmad, Aaron J. Albano, Celine Alwyn, Anjali Bhimani, Shane Bland, Wendy Calio, Tiffany Cooper, Sheetal Ghandi, Krystal Kiran Garib, Tania Marie Hakim, Dell Howlett, Suresh John, Ian Jutsun, Miriam Laube, Aalok Mehta, Ron Nahass, Michelle Nigalan, Zahf Paroo, Danny Pathan, Bobby Petska, Kafi Pierre, Sarah Ripard, Darryl Semira, Lisa Stevens, Kirk Torigoe, James R. Whittington and Nicole Winhoffer.

Bombay Dreams, featuring music by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and a book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan, is based on an idea by Shekar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical will officially open April 29 under the direction of Steven Pimlott.

The Bombay creative team also includes Anthony van Laast and Farah Khan (choreography), Mark Thompson (scenic and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design).

Waxman Williams Entertainment and TGA Entertainment will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber productio. For more information visit www.bombaydreamstheshow.com. *

Bombay Dreams had its world premiere at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre in June 2002. The musical concerns a "handsome young slum-dweller and his dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie star."