Mumbai: Back in 1995, Aditya Chopra presented the love story of Raj and Simran to the people of India in their iconic romance movie ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ). And now 26 years later, the tale is set to be chronicled as a Broadway musical.
Aditya Chopra on Saturday announced that he will make his Broadway debut as a director with the musical version of the classic romance movie. The filmmaker is “terribly nervous and incredibly excited” about the Broadway musical and he feels “23 again (the same age I was when I directed DDLJ)”. “I’m a hardcore cinema guy, I have never done theatre in my life and here I am trying to pull off the craziest ambition of my life,” he said in a note shared with the media.
Titled Come…Fall In Love. The DDLJ – Musical, the Broadway show will be produced by Chopra’s Yash Raj Films. Based on an original story by Aditya Chopra, the musical will feature book and lyrics by Laurence Olivier Award-winner Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde and Mean Girlsfame.
Music director duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani will serve as composers, while Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford will choreograph with associate choreographer Shruti Merchant. Tony winner Derek McLane, who earlier worked on musicals like Moulin Rouge! Hairspray Live! and 33 Variations, will design the set with music supervision by Bill Sherman. Adam Zotovich will executive produce the Broadway musical.
Come…Fall In Love. The DDLJ – Musical will be on stage in the Broadway season of 2022-2023, with a world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego September 2022. A global casting search begins shortly headed by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley casting and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma.