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"Bombay Dreams" is not a unique fusion of Indian and western genres

By Herb Greer   July 2002

The appearance of a Bollywood musical is a surprise only because it has been so long in coming. Bombay Dreams masquerades as exotically multicultural, but is really the latest work in a tradition of purely western musical theatre.

The idea for the show came from Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was taken with some Bollywood music by AR Rahman and thought it might make an interesting ingredient for a show. He and Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur worked out a one-page scenario, developed into a book by the comedienne and writer, Meera Syal. A score was commissioned from Rahman.

Given these ingredients,…

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