`The Merchants of Bollywood` to perform in Chicago

Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 10:40 AM IST

Chicago: After winning heart of audiences in Asia and Europe, `The Merchants of Bollywood`, an international musical theatre and dance spectacular that tells the tale of film-making in India, is all set to woo North Americans with its premiere performances here.

The show will be presented by Four Quarters Entertainment and World Media Group at Chicago`s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University today and tomorrow.

`The Merchants of Bollywood` chronicles the enchanting history of Bollywood - the world`s largest and most prolific film industry and a dynasty of stars that have lit the industry`s path over generations.

The electrifying dance show will feature hit songs from the Bollywood blockbusters.

According to `India Tribune`, the show will reveal to North American audiences how cinema resides in the heart and soul of Indian society in an extraordinary evening of music and dance at the heart of which lies a heartfelt story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance.

Written and directed by Toby Gough, it is loosely based on the real-life story of the Merchant family dynasty, whose members have been prominent choreographers and filmmakers since the beginning of the Hindi film industry in the 1920s.

The production features choreography by the internationally renowned Vaibhavi Merchant, who is regarded as Bollywood`s top choreographer, with music by Salim-Sulaiman.

The cast is led by Carol Furtado (Ayesha), Dipender Singh (Uday), and Arif Sakaria (Shantilal).

`The Merchants of Bollywood` has been seen by more than two million people worldwide, India Tribune stated.

This original production was developed in Mumbai, India, with 50 performers, 500 lavish costumes and 3,000 pieces of glittering jewelry.

During its recent sold out-run in London, The Times wrote: "Their energy is electrifying... it`s high-octane pleasure!"

PTI