Making its world premiere, the Broadway-aimed Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical begins previews at San Diego's The Old Globe. Based on the Bollywood film classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and presented in association with Yash Raj Films, the new musical will officially open September 14 with performances set through October 16.
Shoba Narayan (Aladdin) stars as Simran, a young Indian-American woman who spends a summer in Europe before she has to go to India for her arranged marriage to a family friend. While traveling, she meets American Rog Mandel, played by Austin Colby (Frozen). The two fall in love, leaving Simran to navigate her heart, future, and identity in this adaptation of Chopra's Bollywood film.
Narayan and Colby are joined in the cast by Irvine Iqbal (Aladdin) as Baldev, Rupal Pujara (In the Heights) as Lajjo, Vishal Vaidya (Road Show) as Ajit, Kinshuk Sen (Much Ado About Nothing) as Kuljit, Kate Loprest (First Date, Hairspray) as Emily “Minky” Soulard, Juice Mackins (The Prom) as Ben, Hannah Jewel Kohn (Frozen) as Cookie, and Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose) as Roger Mandel, Sr.
The ensemble features Amita Batra (Unearthed: Untold Stories of the Ramayana), Neha Dharmapuram, Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde), Rohit Gijare (Bollywood Blvd), Marc Heitzman (Bandstand), Usman Ali Ishaq (Rent), Nika Lindsay (Frozen), Ilda Mason (West Side Story), Caleb Mathura (Jesus Christ Superstar), Meher Mistry (Beauty and the Beast), Shannon Mullen (A Bronx Tale), Shahil Patel (Fairycakes), Zain Patel (Bhangin’ It: A Bangin’ New Musical), Becca Petersen (Mean Girls), Kinshuk Sen (Much Ado About Nothing), Jack Sippel (The Prom), Michael Starr (Bright Star), Geatali Tampy (Bollywood Blvd), and Sonya Venugopal (Evita).
The creative team features choreographer Rob Ashford (Frozen), Emmy- and Ton-winning set designer Derek McLane (MJ The Musical), Tony-winning costume designer Linda Cho (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder), Tony-nominated lighting designer Japhy Weideman (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony-winning sound designer Jessica Paz (Hadestown), and projection designer Akhila Krishnan (Our Generation). Music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements are by David Holcenberg (MJ The Musical), with music direction by Ted Arthur (Diana).
Casting is by Duncan Stewart (Hadestown) and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma (Ek Tha Tiger). Anjee Nero (Almost Famous) serves as production stage manager with Adam Zotovich (The Color Purple) as executive producer. Following The Old Globe production, Yash Raj Films will produce the musical for Broadway.
Chopra made his film directing debut with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which premiered in 1995 and continues to run in cinemas throughout India and places home to members of the Indian diaspora. The film is the longest-running movie in Indian cinema history.
For tickets and more information, visit TheOldGlobe.org.