Aditya announces Broadway musical debut with ‘DDLJ’

Published : 24 Oct 2021 09:16 PM | Updated : 25 Oct 2021 02:32 PM

Yash Raj Films owner, filmmaker Aditya Chopra, is all set to take ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ to Broadway musical.

Almost after 26 years when the movie first hit the theaters, Chopra has expressed his ambition to make it on to a musical.

The filmmaker is “terribly nervous and incredibly excited” about the Broadway musical and he feels “23 again (the same age I was when I directed DDLJ)”. “I’m a hardcore cinema guy, I have never done theatre in my life and here I am trying to pull off the craziest ambition of my life,” he said in a note shared with the media.

Backed by Yash Raj Films, ‘DDLJ’, as it came to be known by, is considered one of the landmark films in Indian cinema.

The romance drama, which released on October 20, 1995, propelled its lead stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol to stardom and made them one of the most loved onscreen pairs.

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Titled ‘Come…Fall In Love. The DDLJ- Musical’, the Broadway show will be produced by Chopra’s Yash Raj Films.

Based on an original story by Chopra, the musical will feature book and lyrics byLaurence Olivier Award-winner Nell Benjamin of “Legally Blonde” and “Mean Girls” fame.

Music director duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani will serve as composers, while Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford will choreograph with associate choreographer Shruti Merchant.

Tony winner Derek McLane, who earlier worked on musicals like “Moulin Rouge!”, “Hairspray Live!” and “33 Variations”, will design the set with music supervision by Bill Sherman. Adam Zotovich will executive produce the Broadway musical.

‘Come…Fall In Love. The DDLJ – Musical’ will be on stage in the Broadway season of 2022-2023, with a world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego September 2022. A global casting search begins shortly headed by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley casting and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma.

    India Today

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