Theater: A Wild Musical About India Heads to the U.S.

It's hard to imagine a more garishly perfect show-business union than Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bollywood. Lloyd Webber, of course, is the British showman who created such over-the-top, pack-'em-in productions as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express. Bollywood is the name for India's film industry, which each year churns out close to 1,000 films, virtually all weepy melodramas staged as singing, dancing, multiple-costume-changing revues. Three years ago, fate brought Lloyd Webber and celebrated Indian composer A.R. Rahman together, and so was born Bombay Dreams, a campy bildungsroman that follows young hero Akaash along a morally perilous path from...

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