Full casting for Bombay Dreams , a new musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which opens at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 19th Jun 02, following previews from 31st May 02. has been announced. The show features: 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 show also features: Lisa Stevens, Marina Abdeen, Stephen Berkeley-White, Ralph Birtwell, Lara Costa, Chris Croker, Sharon Gomez, Rebecca Grant, Sophiya Haque, Floyd Hendricks, Stephen Hughes, Melissa Hunte, Irvine Iqbal, Rashid Karapiet, Daniel Lindquist, Anjali Mehra, Ash Mukherjee, Zehra Naqvi, Sylvia Neira, Natalie Ngyutin, David Olton, Kella Panay, Davina Perera, Wayne Perrey, Bhasker Patel, Tania Pieri, Andrew Playfoot, Adlyn Ross, Douglas Scott Franklin, Praveen Sond, Antonio Sussini, Paul Tilley and Royce Ullah.

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 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.

The show is currently taking bookings to 29th September 2002

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