Andrew Lloyd Webber has received a standing ovation from the
celebrity-packed first night audience of his eagerly-awaited new
musical Bombay Dreams.
Lord Lloyd Webber
was enthusiastically congratulated when he took to the stage of
the London Victoria Apollo after the show on Wednesay night.
He was joined by
the comedienne Meera Syal, who wrote the musical's script,
and composer AR Rahman.
Bombay Dreams is
a love story set against the backdrop of Bombay's world famous film
the celebrities who attended the packed première were actress and
TV star Denise Van Outen, actors Sir Michael Caine
and Richard E Grant (pictured right) and actress Claire
the show, Van Outen (pictured left) paid tribute to the dancing
and the music, which she found "absolutely brilliant". Sweeney said
she thought Bombay Dreams was going to be a success.
Michael Caine, accompanied by his wife Shakira, told BBC
London: "My wife is Indian and so is my mother-in-law. We watch
a lot of Bollywood films and this is the real thing".
Bombay Dreams has
been three years in the making and has a reported budget of £4.5m.
And Lord Lloyd-Webber
will be hoping that the show, like many of his previous projects
such as the recently closed Starlight Express, will be a long-running
It comes at time
when the fashion for Indian-themed entertainment, especially in
the UK, is at an all-time high.
for the show have not sold as fast as some had expected.
With seats still
available for performances as early as next week, Lord Lloyd-Webber
has admitted sales are not matching those of other big-budget productions.
But he insists
tickets for weekend shows are selling well and expects interest
to grow once the word spreads.