Rehearsals have begun for A. R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams. Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this Bollywood musical will open at the Apollo Victoria on June 19.
Bombay Dreams has music by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black — who penned the words for Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard and Tell Me On a Sunday — and a book by Meera Syal. The musical is based on an original idea by Shekhar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The cast is led by Raza Jaffrey as Akaash and Preeya Kalidas as Priya, together with Dalip Tahil as Madan, Ramon Tikaram as Vikram, Raad Rawi as JK, Raj Ghatak as Sweetie, Ayesha Dharker as Rani and Shelley King as Kitty.
The cast also includes Marina Abdeen, Stephen Berkeley-White, Ralph Birtwell, Lara Costa, Chris Crocker, Sharon Gomez, Rebecca Grant, Sophiya Haque, Floyd Hendricks, Stephen Hughes, Melissa Hunte, Irvine Iqbal, Rashid Karapiet, Daniel Lindquist, Anjali Mehra, Ash Mukherjee, Zehra Naqvi, Sylvia Neira, Natalie Ngyutin, David Olton, Kella Panay, Davina Perera, Wayne Perrey, Bhasker Patel, Tania Pieri, Andrew Playfoot, Adlyn Ross, Douglas Scott Franklin, Praveen Sond, Antonio Sussini, Paul Tilley and Royce Ullah.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow