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"BOMBAY DREAMS" EXTENDS TO OCT 2003
Bombay Dreams , the new musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has announced a new booking period at the Apollo Victoria Theatre covering 1 April 03 to 26 Oct 2003.
On 11 Dec 02, Bombay Dreams will celebrate its 200th performance in London. So far, over 350,000 people have seen the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, and the Box Office has taken over £10 million since the show opened in June this year.
The show received mixed notices notices from the popular press: RHODA KOENIG for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Gooey Bombay mix that fails to fulfil its promise." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE DAILY MAIL says, "A real Bombay dazzler ." RICHARD MORRISON for THE TIMES says, "To turn this mishmash into a hot ticket is going to take more than a spoonful of curry powder." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD "It's a bold, inventive shot at something new that misses the target. " CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Though there is much to admire in Bombay Dreams - notably Rahman's wonderfully fresh, exciting and sometimes yearningly romantic score...there is much more that disappoints."
The show has music is by A R Rahman, lyrics by Don Black, book by Meera Syal , based upon an original idea conceived by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur. It is directed by Steven Pimlott, designed by Mark Thompson, with choreography by Anthony van Laast (Bollywood dance sequences by Farah Khan).
The cast includes: Ayesha Dharker (Rani), Preeya Kalidas (Priya), Raza Jaffrey (Akaash), Dalip Tahil (Madan), Ramon Tikaram (Vikram), Raad Rawi (JK), Raj Ghatak (Sweetie) and Shelly King (Kitty).
The story of Bombay Dreams is one of universal themes – dreams and ambitions, the desire to accomplish and the importance of culture and roots. And at its heart it is a love story set against the backdrop of the colourful and magical Indian movie industry – 'Bollywood' - in Bombay, a city of stark contrasts where romantic fantasy and harsh reality live side by side. The musical follows the story of Priya, the daughter of a wealthy Bollywood film director who falls in love with poor man Akaash.