"American Idol"'s Tamyra Gray to Join Bombay Dreams


October 14, 2004

Singer Tamyra Gray, who shot to stardom in the first edition of TV's "American Idol," will make her Broadway debut in the musical Bombay Dreams beginning Nov. 9.



Gray, who placed fourth in the hit TV singing competition in 2002, will assume the role of Priya, the earnest film director in the Bollywood-themed musical, for a limited engagement of 12 weeks.

"I have been an admirer of Tamyra Gray from the start and am thrilled she's joined the Broadway Company of Bombay Dreams. She's going to be wonderful", said A.R. Rahman, Bombay Dreams composer, in a statement.

Following her exit from American Idol, Gray was the first alumnus of the reality TV smash to attain crossover success, with appearances on TV's "Boston Public" and "Tru Calling." In May 2004, her album "The Dreamer" was released, featuring songs the singer had written or co-written.

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Bombay Dreams, the musical that plants a Bollywood tale on a Broadway stage, opened at the Broadway Theatre April 29. Song titles include "Salaa'm Bombay," "Bollywood," "Love's Never Easy," "Lovely, Lovely Ladies," "Bhangra," "Shakalaka Baby," "I Could Live Here," "Is This Love?," "Famous," "Chaiyya Chaiyya," "How Many Stars?," "Hero," "Ganesh Procession," "The Journey Home" and "Wedding Qawali."

The Broadway Theatre is located at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street. Tickets are priced $60-$100.