Bombay Dreams is headed to Broadway in 2003. Those are the plans for the new Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical, according to The Really Useful Company's spokesperson Peter Brown.
In an interview for Playbill On-Line, Brown said, "Those are the tentative plans [for Bombay Dreams]." While cautioning that no theatre was booked and no American producers attached, "things are looking very positive." Brown explained that the new West End musical is "selling like gangbusters." Several producers have expressed interest in transferring the show to Broadway, including Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein, who reportedly was smitten with the production.
Representatives of both Broadway's Shubert and Nederlander Organizations attended the London premiere of Bombay Dreams, but Lloyd Webber has not committed to either theatre owner. "Andrew has good relations with both the Shuberts and the Nederlanders," Brown said.
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. Andrew 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. Among the West End cast are Stephen Berkley White, Chris Crocker, Ayesha Dharker and Raj Ghatak. 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 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.