"Shakalaka Baby": Bombay Dreams Begins Previews March 29

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Bombay meets Broadway March 29 when the new musical Bombay Dreams begins previews at the Broadway Theatre.

Stephen Rahman-Hughes in the London production of Bombay Dreams
Stephen Rahman-Hughes in the London production of Bombay Dreams Photo by James Bareham

Originally produced in London by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Really Useful Company, the Broadway production is being presented by Waxman Williams Entertainment and TGA Entertainment. The official opening is scheduled for April 29.

With a score by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and a revised book by Thomas Meehan and Myra Syal, Bombay Dreams tells the story of a young slum-dweller who dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie star. Steven Pimlott directs. At a recent press event, director Pimlott spoke to Playbill On-Line about the musical: "It’s an old-fashioned love story about a poor boy who makes it big, falls in love with a girl from a different class, problems get in the way, he loses himself, there’s a tragedy involved . . . [and] he’s able to become a hero and get the girl."

The Broadway company features the talents of Manu Narayan (as Akaash), Anisha Nagarajan (as Priya), Ayesha Dharker (as Rani), Sriram Ganesan (as Sweetie), Marvin L. Ishmael (as Madan), Deep Katdare (as Vikram) and Madhur Jaffrey (as Shanti). The ensemble comprises Jolly Abraham, Mueen Jahan Ahmad, Aaron J. Albano, Celine Alwyn, Anjali Bhimani, Shane Bland, Wendy Calio, Tiffany Cooper, Sheetal Ghandi, Krystal Kiran Garib, Tania Marie Hakim, Dell Howlett, Suresh John, Ian Jutsun, Miriam Laube, Aalok Mehta, Ron Nahass, Michelle Nigalan, Zahf Paroo, Danny Pathan, Bobby Petska, Kafi Pierre, Sarah Ripard, Darryl Semira, Lisa Stevens, Kirk Torigoe, James R. Whittington and Nicole Winhoffer.

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 Bombay creative team comprises Anthony van Laast and Farah Khan (choreography), Mark Thompson (scenic and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design). The Broadway Theatre is located at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street. Tickets are priced $60-$100.

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