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Stars turn out for 'brilliant' Bombay Dreams - 20.06.02
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Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber arrive at the Bombay dreams premiere
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Stage producer 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 industry.

First reactions

Richard E GrantAmong 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 Sweeney.

Denise van OutenAfter 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.

Sir Michael Caine and his wife ShakiraSir 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".

A long-running hit?

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 hit.

It comes at time when the fashion for Indian-themed entertainment, especially in the UK, is at an all-time high.

However, tickets 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.

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