Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Merchants of Bollywood


Last night I met up with my friend Ann and we went out to the theatre and manage to get some dinner.


We met at Birmingham New Street and thought that we should head to The Mailbox in Birmingham given that it is not too far from the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham City Centre.


We decided to go to Red Peppers Restaurant & Bar for dinner I ordered Potatoes Skins and I ordered a Pizza for my main course. I must the Potatoes skins were really nice and the salsa sauce they came with were not too bad too however the Margarita Pizza I ordered with Olives and Tuna as extras was really bad and I would say that if anyone ever happens to end up at Red Peppers Restaurant & Bar they should avoid the pizzas as Ann thought her pizza wasn’t that good either. We didn’t manage to get any desert as we were running late for the theatre.


The Merchants of Bollywood is a theatrical dance spectacular from Harvey Goldsmith, the man behind Live Aid and Live8 steps into the Bollywood arena. The Merchants of Bollywood uses Bollywood movie music to chart the history of the world’s largest and most productive film industry, as well as some of its stars.


The Merchants of Bollywood features a cast of forty or so dancers, singers and actors. As they tell us the story of Ayesha Merchant, her grandfather Shantilal Merchant and the clash of the two generations in India's Rajasthan region. The story is a mixture of dreams, sacrifices, family rebellion and romance.


The stage show is produced by Mark Brady, directed by Toby Gough, choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant with music composed by Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant.


The stage show features Carol Furtado as Ayesha Merchant, Arif Zakariya as Shantilal Merchant, Deepak Rawat as Uday along with Tony Mirchandani, Chander Khanna, Parmod Pathak and Romi Jaspal.


The show is on at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre until 4th November after which it is t Manchester Opera House from 7th November until 11th November, the show them moves to the Newcastle Tyne Theatre from 13th November to 18th November, it will then be at the Glasgow SECC from 21st November to 26th November and then the show goes to the Bradford St Georges Hall from 28th November to 2nd December. In December you can catch this show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange from 5th December to 9th December and then at the Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre from 12th December to 17th December. Finally the show will be at the London Hammersmith Apollo from 21st December to 7th January.

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