Bombay Dreams Tour Stars Perform in Dallas Benefit, 6/12
The evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization.
The tour--which is directed by Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line)--stars Sachin Bhatt (European/Asian tour of West Side Story) as Bollywood star wannabe Akaash and Sandra Allen (Flower Drum Song, Sunset Boulevard) as glamorous movie goddess Rani, with whom Akaash falls in love. The tour also features Reshma Shetty (The Secret Garden concert) as Priya, Deep Katdare (original Broadway cast of†Bombay Dreams) as Vikram, Aneesh Sheth as Sweetie, Suresh John (original Broadway cast of Bombay Dreams) as Madan and Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease) as Kitty DeSousa.
The musical, which incorporated the pulsing sounds and colorful visuals of Bollywood films into its story, launched its tour on February 21st, 2006, in Cosa Mesa, CA (after playing an out-of-town tryout in Tucson, AZ). The show, which also features choreography by Lisa Stevens, musical direction by Kevin Farrell and sets by Ken Foy; the costumes are from the Broadway production. The tour is a co-production with members of the Independent Presenters Network (which includes a number of theatres in the US and Canada), Atlanta's Theater of the Stars and Bucephalus Touring LLC.
A hit in London (where it opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in 2002 and closed in 2004), Bombay Dreams opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 29th, 2004 and ran for 30 previews and 284 regular performances. With music by A R Rahman and Don Black, the lavish show was based on an idea by Shekhur Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was the musical's original producer. Meera Syal penned the book and Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) adapted a new book based on the Broadway and London scripts. The tour features a combination of music from the original London version and from the Broadway production.
Bombay Dreams' score includes "Salaa'm Bombay," "Bollywood," "I Could Live Here," "Is This Love?," "Famous," "Chaiyya Chaiyya," "How Many Stars?," and "Shakalaka Baby," which was danced around a spectacular onstage fountain on Broadway. The fountain is featured in the tour, which will conclude in Seattle on October 1st.
Station 4 is located at 3911 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. There is a $20 cover charge for the evening, and tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.resourcecenterdallas.org. Visit www.broadwaycares.org for more information on BC/EFA.
Visit this link for more information on the national tour of Bombay Dreams.†