Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical, based on the Bollywood film classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, opens its world premiere at San Diego's The Old Globe September 14. Presented in association with Yash Raj Films, the new musical began previews September 1 with performances set through October 16.
The musical follows the love story of Simran, a young Indian-American woman spending the summer in Europe before she heads to India for an arranged marriage. But when American Rog Mandel accidentally enters Simran's life during her travels, their romance leaves Simran with choices—about her heart, her identity, and her future.
Shoba Narayan (Aladdin) stars as Simran opposite Austin Colby (Frozen) as Rog, joined 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.
Rounding out the cast are ensemble members 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), Hannah Schreer (Cinderella), Kinshuk Sen (Much Ado About Nothing), Jack Sippel (The Prom), Michael Starr (Bright Star), Geatali Tampy (Bollywood Blvd), and Sonya Venugopal (Evita).
Come Fall in Love features a book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and music composed by Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani under the helm of director Aditya Chopra, who made his film directing debut with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995. The much-loved movie continues to run in cinemas throughout India to date.
The creative team also features choreographer Rob Ashford (Frozen), Emmy- and Tony-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.