By Kenneth Jones
07 Dec 2004
It will have played 31 previews and 284 regular performances on Broadway since its debut in April 2004. A national tour is planned, the producers announced.
A R Rahman's rags-to-riches musical set in a slum in India — and in the "Bollywood" film industry there — officially opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 29, 2004. The musical is directed by Steven Pimlott and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan.
The show, bringing East Indian-flavored music and dance to the West End, had its world premiere at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre on June 19, 2002.
"We are so proud of the production of Bombay Dreams that has played on Broadway and all those who have been involved with it," said Elizabeth Williams, a producer of the Broadway production. "We look forward to bringing the production to theatregoers around the country with a national tour that will begin during the 2005-2006 season."
The show has music by A R Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan. Based on an idea by Shekhar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bombay Dreams "tells the story of a handsome young slum-dweller and his dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie star."
Featuring a cast of 39, the show currently stars "American Idol" star Tamyra Gray as Priya, Manu Narayan as Akaash, Anjali Bhimani as Rani, Yolande Bavan as Shanti, Sriram Ganesan as Sweetie, Marvin L. Ishmael as Madan and Deep Katdare as Vikram.
Bombay Dreams features scenic and costume design by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Mick Potter, and is produced on Broadway by Waxman Williams and TGA, in association with Denise Rich/Ralph Williams, Scott Prisand/Danny Seraphine, Hal Thau/Max Cooper/AD Productions and The Independent Presenters Network.
The musical plays Tuesday evening at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM and Sunday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets for are scaled from $40-$100 and are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or in-person at the Broadway Theatre Box Office (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street).
Visit the official website at www.bombaydreams.com.