Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Merchants of Bollywood musical at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Super hit musical The Merchants of Bollywood is back at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Grand Theatre, from 5th November to 10th November 2013, announced in a press release by Marina Bay Sands. An original production from Australia and a cast & crew from Mumbai,  The Merchants of Bollywood, is the world’s first authentic Bollywood musical, is inspired from the real life story of Vaibhavi Merchant, the shows choreographer.  The musical, which has been described as "an Indian version of the Billy Elliot story", premiered in 2005 and since then was performed in over 200 countries to over five million people. The show was staged more than 1000 times in Brussels, Antwerp, Paris, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Auckland, Sydney,Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Zurich,Geneva, Berlin,Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Paris, Amsterdam,Vienna, Rome, Milan inclusive three sell out seasons on London's West End.

The Merchants of Bollywood is about the workings of the World’s largest film industry – Bollywood and the part it plays in the heart and soul of Indian society. The show is written and directed by Toby Gough, who is famous for his creations that cross conventions, cultures and continents. In an extraordinary evening of music and dance spectacular lies a touching story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance. The story set in the desserts of Rajasthan showcases the rich traditional culture, colourful costumes and vibrant music.

This splendid theatrical piece is a heartfelt story about the Merchant family dynasty: a young girl, Ayesha; her grandfather, Shantilal and their love for dance, music & Bollywood. The merchant family holds the responsibility of upholding the ancient tradition of Kathak, the dance of gods. Shantilal, a choreographer in India’s film industry had faith in cinema to heal wounds in the minds of people, but eventually left the industry due to the lawlessness and commercialization. Ayesha left home against his wishes to make a career and became the reigning queen of choreography in Bollywood films. Her belief that cinema helps people escape
from reality to a world of fantasy differed in opinion, causing irreparable damage to their relationship. Thus, tears are shed, wounds healed and conflicts reconciled in a powerful journey to the sacred heart of dance.

The Merchants of Bollywood musical at Marina Bay Sands Singapore
The Merchants of Bollywood will be in Singapore between 5-10 November 2013 at
Marina Bay Sands.
The finale showcases a healing bond between old and new; in a fusion of Folk, Classical, Modern, Western and Indian dance forms. Their electrifying energy, lively rhythm and enchanting dance steps, undoubtedly makes this the most exciting musical of the year!! This visual treat with over 8 performances ONLY is all set to spellbound Singapore audiences.

This show will reach across all cultures in this multi-racial society. It features songs and dance from smash-hit Bollywood movies like Lagaan, Devdas, Musafir, BuntyAurBabli, JhoomBarabarJhoom, Rang de Basanti, Dhoomand Dhoom 2, music from the Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman (two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song), and numerous other great moments of Bollywood live on stage in a lavish production capturing the essence of India, its rich and diverse culture, and its people in a world of Technicolor brilliance. For Singapore the show is being updated to include all the latest smash hit songs inclusive;Thuh Le, Jigar Da Tukda, Haippa and the block buster Mashallah from the hit film EkTha Tiger.

The musical with a cast and crew of over 40truly depicts India’s rich traditions and values. While Indians will proudly feel the affinity towards this musical, for the non – Indians it will truly be a feast for the eye, heart and soul – representing the rich heritage across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent.

Merchants of Bollywood: Sneak Peek Video

This music and dance spectacular is performed by internationally renowned dancers and stage performers to high energy music set by the famous Bollywood duo: Salim&Sulaiman Merchant. Vaibhavi Merchant, regarded as one of India’s very renowned young choreographers is famous for her creativity that brings loads of vigour and life to all her spectacular shows. She has beautifully choreographed this production combining the ancient traditions of Indian Classical Dance with the contemporary and western dance forms in
Bollywood’s true glamorous style.

Ticket Prices for The Merchants of Bollywood Marina Bay Sands, Grand Theatre are $168, $138, $98, $68 and $48 (includes $3 booking fee)

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