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 Post subject: Bombay Dreams - U.S. Tour 2006
PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:38 am 
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The opening stop of the new production of "Bombay Dreams" just completed its 2 week run here in Southern California.

Here are some reviews:

Big numbers, little appeal: Dazzling dancing in "Bombay Dreams" isn't enough to sell it.

by Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer, Feb 23, 2006

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pet project of Andrew Lloyd Webber's, "Bombay Dreams" emerged from the British impresario's fascination with Rahman's music. Tonally and rhythmically complex, that music fuses Indian classical music and Western pop, with salsa, jazz and other styles percolating among the techno drum beats and traditional Indian percussion.


For more, click here (may require registration) http://www.calendarlive.com/stage/cl-wk-bombay23feb23,0,6100356.story?coll=cl-stage-util

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'Bombay Dreams'
Review: Musical has problems as it begins its tour, but its quirky charm still shines through.


By Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register, Feb 22, 2006

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There's a show-within-a-show in "Bombay Dreams" called "Diamond in the Rough." It's the breakthrough movie that stars our hero, a plucky Bombay slum dweller from India's lowest caste who, in classic Bollywood fashion, sings, dances, connives and sweet-talks his way to stardom.


For more, click here (may require reqistration) http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/entertainment/arts/article_1012032.php

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The tour will continue with stops including:

March 10th - 12th at the Broadway Theatre League in Huntsville, AL
March 14th -19th at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
March 21st -April 2nd at the Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, OH
April 4th -16th at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
April 18th - 23rd at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
May 9th -21st at the Sacramento Community Center Theater in Sacramento, CA
May 23rd - June 4th at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX
June 6th - 18th at Dallas Summer Musicals in Dallas, TX
July 11th - 23rd at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO
July 25th - 30th at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC
August 1st - 6th at the Pittsburgh CLO in Pittsburgh, PA
August 8th - 13th at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
August 15th - 20th at the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada
September 12th - October 1st at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA

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I enjoyed it a lot. Not all critics have been kind to "Bombay Dreams" in its earlier productions in New York and London but the production numbers are a lot of fun. The cast is well chosen. Sachin Bhaat stars as the poor boy turned movie star, Sandra Allen (who some will remember as Linda Low from the revival of "Flower Drum Song") as Rani the spoiled celebrity actress, and Reshma Shetty as Priya the would be director of serious cinema. Bombay Dreams features lyrics by Don Black, music by A.R. Rahman, and book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan. The choreography, some Bollywood, some Las Vegas style, some hip-hop, and etc, is by Lisa Stevens.


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The tour of "Bombay Dreams" continues. I might get another chance to see the show later this year if things work out just so. In the meantime:

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Preview piece by Lisa Bornstein:

Bombay boffo - India's colossal film industry inspires Andrew Lloyd Webber musical . By Lisa Bornstein, Rocky Mountain News, July 10, 2006


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The world's biggest film industry isn't in West L.A. It's farther west, by several thousand miles, in Bombay, India.


For more click on http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/o ... 76,00.html

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Another preview for their Denver appearance:

Hollywood, Bombay-style: India's film tradition takes a bow on stage . By John Moore, Denver Post, 7/10/06

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"You'll always know the hero because his shirt is going to come off three or four times in the film," Katdare said with a laugh. "You'll know the heroine because she is going to get wet at least twice …”


For more click on http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_4016225

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A piece about Bollywood and the local library:

Hooray for Bollywood . By Stacy Milbouer, Nashua Telegraph (NH), 6/19/06

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Most Bollywood films follow a similar formula called masala, the word for a collection of spices. They’re three to four hours long (and include an intermission), contain dozens of massively choreographed songs and dances, top stars, asimple love story (boy meets girl, falls in love but without scenes of kissing or sexual contact) lots of action but no bloodshed, and always a happy ending.

Since the films have made their way to the library’s catalog earlier this spring, they never stay on the shelves. The selections are perpetually checked out and there are reserve lists of five to seven people for each movie.


For more click here

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It's just a pretty face: ‘Bombay Dreams' is too superficial . By Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 6/8/06

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Bombay Dreams benefits from bits of stagecraft that combine sass and efficiency. But, in the end, the surface appeal stays on the surface.


For more click here

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An article aboutthe show's director, Baayork Lee, and Asians in the theater:

Dancer shimmied past obstacle of ethnicity on Broadway stages . By Esther Wu, Dallas Morning News, 6/8/06

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Before the 1960s, it was common for whites to be cast as Asians on Broadway. But Asians were never cast in non-Asian roles.


For more click here

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Hooray for Bollywood? Not in this case: Flash comes before substance in the clichéd tale" Bombay Dreams" . By Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, 5/29/06

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Yet the numbers lean heavily on repetition, too often lapsing into sound-alike pop wallpaper. Even the best tunes are not much helped by Black's lyrics, which are pedestrian at best, ridiculous at their" Shakalaka Baby" worst.


For more click on http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent ... 11973.html

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Is this a bad thing?

This play is a 'Bombay' nightmare: There's visual pizzazz ... and nothing else . By Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise, 5/11/06

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Add atrocious dialog that apparently is meant to parody Bollywood movies (films made in India), lots of bare midriffs, sequins and glitter, and choreography with a lot of pelvic thrusts, and you can save yourself the price of a ticket.


For more click here

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Another preview article:

'Bombay Dreams' a lavish, fascinating muddle . By John Fleming, St. Petersburg Times (FL), 4/20/06

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Bombay Dreams has some good things going for it. An energetic, attractive young cast. A bright, cotton-candy look, with eye-popping Indian costumes. Great dancing. And most of all, the songs of A.R. Rahman, the superstar of Indian pop music, an infectious international sound that combines the propulsive beat and bass lines of hip-hop and the sweet whine of a traditional raga.


For more click [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/04/20/Artsandentertainment/_Bombay_Dreams__a_lav.shtml]
here[/url]

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An article about St. Louis native, Sachin Batt (Akash in the musical):

Bombay Dreams. By Judith Newmark, Post-Dispatch, 4/6/06

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In St. Louis, its lure is extra-potent: The touring production stars Sachin Bhatt, a 2000 graduate of Parkway Central High School. A young performer with oodles of onstage charisma, "Bombay Dreams" brings Bhatt home in a blaze of neon. He sings with charm, he dances with verve and he makes an entirely persuasive partner for his gorgeous leading lady, Reshma Shetty.


For more click here

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’Bombay Dreams’: A Messy Show . By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal, 3/23/06

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For all of Bombay Dreams' spectacular eye candy and enticing Eastern sounds, the musical's story is completely forgettable…


For more click on http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/ (will require subscription and search - if you can't find you can e-mail me)

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A little about operatic singer Reshma Shetty cast as Priya the idealistic if naïve filmmaker:

SHE KNOWS BOLLYWOOD - YOUNG ACTRESS IN MUSICAL IN CLEVELAND GREW UP ON INDIA'S FILM SPECTACLES . By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal (OH), 3/16/06

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The show is big and glitzy, with intricate sets that include a famous water fountain. Shetty is happy to say her character doesn't end up in the fountain.


For more click on http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/ (will require subscription and search - if you can't find it you can e-mail me)
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Bombay Dreams: A glimpse into India . By Randi Eichenbaum, AZ Wildcat Online, 7/12/06

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The rise of tabloids and paparazzi can make someone start to think that we Americans, with our Hollywood-obsessed culture, have really lost it. It is a relief to hear, however, that we might not be the only ones who worship the stars.


For more click here

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For those who have or have not yet seen "Bombay Dreams" yet:
If you’re curious about all the talk about wet saris, midriffs, and etc from the show, click on here From the Gallery on California Musical Theatre's website.


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