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Bombay Dreams to close for a year ahead of Broadway revamp



Story by Jack Foley

SIR ANDREW Lloyd Webber has officially posted closure notices for his musical, Bombay Dreams, prior to its transfer to Broadway.

The musical will close in the Summer, on June 13, following a two-year run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The show had been booking up to September 26.

In a statement, Lloyd Webber explained: "Having been in New York, and seen some of the rehearsals for the show, I think that the exciting developments that have been made in terms of the book, the score, and the set designs mean that this is the show I would like to see in the UK."

The developments in question come as part of the substantial makeover being given to the production in time for its Broadway debut, and which will be used for a UK tour, in early 2005, ahead of a planned West End return.

 

 

Bombay Dreams marked a change of direction for Lloyd Webber, in that it does not feature any of his music, but rather that of Indian composer, AR Rahman, who has composed the music for more than 50 Hindi films.

Lloyd Webber conceived the new work with filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur, who serves as co-producer.

The musical tells the story of young slum-dweller, Akaash, who dreams of becoming a huge star in Bollywood, the £750 million Indian industry that produces and internationally distributes some 600 films a year.

He subsequently encounters the beautiful Priya and her father, a corrupt movie mogul, which sets him on his way - but fame brings a price, and how much is Akaash willing to give up?

The current London cast features Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Akaash), Zehra Naqvi (Priya), Ravin J Ganatra (Madan), Munir Khairdin (Vikram), Royce Ullah (JK), Raj Ghatak (Sweetie) and Sophiya Haque (Rani).

The show has music by AR Rahman, with English song lyrics by Don Black and a book by Meera Syal.

The New York production will open at the Broadway Theatre on April 29, and a feature film is also in the works.

 

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