The next time you want to catch a Broadway musical, don’t head for Manhattan. Go instead to a stadium in Worli.
On Wednesday, Disney announced its plans to stage India’s first Broadway-style musical in Mumbai and Delhi in October and December. The Beauty and the Beast, a long-running Broadway musical based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, will be the vehicle for Disney’s maiden entry into the live entertainment space in India.
Speaking at the launch, Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director, Disney India, said: “There are many Indian families with disposable incomes who are willing to spend on an evening out with the kids but what are their options apart from movies or eating out? Given the few live entertainment options available to them, sky is the limit for us.”
The Disney musical has an all-Indian cast and crew. The cast of 18 was selected from over 8,000 entries after over 1,000 auditions in five cities.
The English-language production will require them to sing opera and dance, just as they would in a Broadway musical. Leslie Lewis, Terrence Lewis and Suzanne D’Mello are responsible for the music, choreography and vocal coaching respectively. The production will be staged all through October in Mumbai at the National Sports Club of India indoor stadium in Worli, and all through November in Delhi at the Thyagaraja Sports Complex in INA Colony. Each show will seat an average of 2,500 people. Disney India has not yet revealed the ticket pricing. The Beauty and the Beast is among the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time, having won numerous awards. Since 2004 it has been produced in 28 countries, in 17 different languages and, according to the company, seen by over 35 million people. “We have through experience found that The Beauty and the Beast is the ideal way to introduce new audiences to live entertainment,” Mr. Kapur added.
Source: The Hindu