Like the current Broadway production, the show received mixed notices from critics. Still, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical had a profitable two-year run.
This won’t be the end for the musical in the UK, however. Variety reported that the Anglo-Asian hit will relaunch later in the year for a tour of the United Kingdom prior to a return visit to a smaller London house in 2005. That production will feature the revised script, which is seen on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre.
Really Useful’s Andre Ptaszynski told Variety, “The simple fact is that, with the Broadway production, the book and set designs have hit the button so much better than our original attempt in London. [The upcoming New York version] just presented a much more coherent love story and narrative. Andrew (Lloyd Webber) has fallen completely in love with it. The intention precisely is to watch it open in New York and then bring that version back to tour in Britain and then into the West End.”
The closing of Bombay Dreams frees up the Apollo Victoria, which seats 1,900. Saturday Night Fever is scheduled to return there in July for an open-ended engagement. That production will be produced by Adam Spiegel and directed by Arlene Phillips.
Bombay Dreams was produced in London at a cost of £4.5 million. Co-produced by Lloyd Webber, the musical paid back its original investment in just over a year. 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."
The Broadway production, which officially opened April 29, features a revised book by Syal and Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan. Waxman Williams Entertainment and TGA Entertainment are presenting the show on Broadway. For more information visit www.bombaydreamstheshow.com.