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Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical Cast and Creative Team Announcement

The Old Globe,
in association with Yash Raj Films,
announces cast and creative team for
The World Premiere of
“COME FALL IN LOVE – THE DDLJ MUSICAL,”
Based on India’s most popular and worldwide blockbuster film,
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
 
Directed by Aditya Chopra
Choreography by Rob Ashford
Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music Composed by
Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani & Sheykhar Ravjiani

Performances begin September 1 and run to October 16, 2022
with the official Opening on Wednesday, September 14 at The Old Globe

Tickets go on sale today at 12:00 p.m. PDT at www.TheOldGlobe.org!

PHOTO EDITORS: Photos of the The Old Globe and Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musicalcan be found here.

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 13, 2022) The Old Globe, in association with Yash Raj Films, is proud to announce the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical, which will make its debut in San Diego this fall. After the close of The Old Globe production, Yash Raj Films, India’s biggest film studio, will produce its most popular film, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE (DDLJ as it is called throughout India) for the Broadway stage. Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical features direction by Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – DDLJ), choreography by Rob Ashford (Disney’s Frozen The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys from Syracuse), book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls), and music composed by Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani & Sheykhar Ravjiani. For The Old Globe production, the musical begins performances September 1 and runs to October 16, 2022, with the official Opening on Wednesday, September 14. The limited engagement will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets go on sale today at 12:00 p.m. PDT at www.TheOldGlobe.org and will be available by phone and in person on Friday, July 15 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical is the story of Simran, a young Indian-American woman whose future is set: an arranged marriage back in India to a family friend. But when she convinces her very strict dad that she should spend a summer of freedom and fun in Europe, she falls for the charming Rog, and her careful, logical plans go out the window.  Can she be true to both her heritage and her heart? Can carefree American Rog win over her traditional father? Take a whirlwind trip from Boston to Europe to India as cultures collide in the stage musical adaptation of the beloved hit romantic comedy film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

In Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical, director Aditya Chopra takes a fresh and exciting new look at his landmark film, renewing it for a new generation and in a new medium. With an American audience in mind, he moves the action of the early scenes to America, and not England as in the film, and he focuses the story more precisely on Simran’s experience, adding gravity and power to her journey. While the original music from the film is quoted and celebrated, the musical includes 18 brand new English songs by the renowned Indian duo of Vishal and Sheykhar, who capture not only their distinctive fusion of Indian and pop musical styles, but who also integrate the famous and recognizable Broadway sound into their remarkable score. And Chopra returns to an idea that animated his earliest thinking about his story from even before he made the film, reimagining the character of Rog to reflect a more contemporary and inclusive cultural experience.

“The Old Globe’s sterling reputation as a birthplace for exciting new American musicals is well known,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, “but with the world premiere of the joyous and thrilling Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical, we take a bold step into the international musical theatre for the first time. A brilliant new version of one of the landmark films of Indian cinema, this charming, funny, and romantic story of love and family brings together the best of Broadway and the best of Bollywood and places them both center stage in Balboa Park. I know our audiences will find delight in this fusion of cultures, just as I find inspiration in the extraordinary artistry of the theatre makers lending their talents and imaginations to this uplifting show. Chief among them is Aditya Chopra, one of the world’s most important and impactful filmmakers. Just as his vision for the movie DDLJ brought joy to literally billions in India and around the world, so now his new musical will transport theatre audiences to a happy place where love, in every color, triumphs. I am beyond excited for San Diego to see this show!”

“I can’t wait for audiences to see Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical at The Old Globe with this amazing cast,” stated director Aditya Chopra. “I am thrilled to be making not only my stage debut, but my American debut. Come Fall in Love with all new English songs by Indian composers Vishal & Sheykhar has allowed me to revisit my original vision for DDLJ, and share with audiences this love story between an American man and an Indian woman. Come Fall in Love is truly an expansion of the success story of DDLJ. Any lover of the film will rediscover its beauty, and the English-speaking world will fall in love with Rog, Simran, and India. Bollywood and Broadway will meet for an exciting theatrical experience.”

Chopra directs a cast of 30, which includes Shoba Narayan as Simran (Broadway’s Disney’s Aladdin as Princess Jasmine), Austin Colby as Rog Mandel (North American Tour of Disney’s Frozen the Musical as Hans, Off-Broadway’s Jersey Boys as Bob Gaudio), Irvine Iqbal as Baldev (West End’s Disney’s Aladdin as The Sultan), Rupal Pujara as Lajjo (Walnut Street Theatre’s In the Heights), Vishal Vaidya as Ajit (Encore’s Road Show), Siddharth Menon as Kuljt (India’s Disney’s Aladdin as Aladdin), Kate Loprest as Emily “Minky” Soulard (Broadway’s First Date, Hairspray), Juice Mackins as Ben (Broadway’s The Prom), Hannah Jewel Kohn as Cookie (North American Tour of Disney’s Frozen The Musical), Jeremy Kushnier as Roger Mandel, Sr. (Broadway’s Footloose as Ren McCormack, Rent as Roger Davis), Amita Batra as Ensemble (Amit Patel & Ishika Seth’s Unearthed: Untold Stories of the Ramayana), Neha Dharmapuram as Ensemble (M.S. in Marketing Intelligence from Fordham University), Tiffany Engen as Ensemble (Broadway’s Legally Blonde), Rohit Gijare as Ensemble (Bollywood Blvd at Lincoln Center), Marc Heitzman as Ensemble (Broadway’s Bandstand), Usman Ali Ishaq as Ensemble (Signature Theatre’s RENT), Nika Lindsay as Ensemble (North American Tour of Disney’s Frozen The Musical), Ilda Mason as Ensemble (West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg), Caleb Mathura as Ensemble (Jesus Christ Superstar at Timber Lake Playhouse), Meher Mistry as Ensemble (India’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Belle), Shannon Mullen as Ensemble (Broadway’s A Bronx Tale), Shahil Patel as Ensemble (Off-Broadway’s Fairycakes), Zain Patel as Ensemble (La Jolla Playhouse’s Bhangin’ It: A Bangin’ New Musical), Becca Petersen as Ensemble (Broadway’s Mean Girls), Kinshuk Sen as Ensemble (Much Ado About Nothing at UCLA’s Shakespeare Theater Company), Jack Sippel as Ensemble (Broadway’s The Prom), Michael Starr as Ensemble (First National Tour of Bright Star), Geatali Tampy as Ensemble (Bollywood Blvd at Lincoln Center), and Sonya Venugopal as Ensemble (Musical Theatreworks’ Evita.

In addition to Chopra, Ashford, Benjamin, and Dadlani & Ravjiani, the Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musicalcreative team includes set design by Emmy and Tony Award winner Derek McLane (MJ The Musical, Moulin Rouge!, Hairspray Live!), costume design by Tony Award winner Linda Cho (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder), lighting design by five-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (Dear Evan Hansen, The Visit), sound design by Tony Award winner Jessica Paz (Hadestown), projection design by Akhila Krishnan (National Theatre’s Our Generation), music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by David Holcenberg (MJ The MusicalMatilda The Musical), music direction by Ted Arthur (Broadway’s Diana), associate director Stephen Sposito (Broadway’s The Book of MormonWicked), associate choreographer Shruti Merchant (Dhoom 1, 2 and 3), casting by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley Casting (Hadestown, Chicago The Musical), associate producer  Shruti Venkatraman (creative producer - Haider directed by the acclaimed Vishal Bhardwaj, associate director - A Flowering Tree at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris directed by Vishal Bharadwaj), casting by Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma (Ek Tha TigerGundayFan), and production stage manager Anjee Nero (Almost Famous, The Heart of Rock & Roll).

Adam Zotovich (The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen) serves as Executive Producer.

The family-owned Yash Raj Films is the largest film studio in India and has produced some of the biggest blockbusters of Indian Cinema. Headed by Aditya Chopra, he returns to directing for the 50th anniversary of the studio. Chopra made his film directing debut with DDLJ, which premiered in 1995 and is still running in theatres. The hit romantic comedy is the longest-running movie in Indian cinema history and one of the highest-grossing films in the history of India’s rich and diverse movie industry.

The World Premiere of Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical will play on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances run September 1 – October 16, 2022, with the official press opening Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. The performance schedule is Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Note: There will be no performances on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org and will go on sale by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623) and in person at the Globe’s Box Office in Balboa Park on Friday, July 15 at 12:00 p.m. Regular ticket prices start at $52. The Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar, scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., will provide patrons an exploration of the themes and background of Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical from selected artistic company members. For additional information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

In alignment with the State of California, which has removed mask and vaccine requirements for indoor events, effective March 21, 2022, The Old Globe will not require patrons to provide proof of vaccination or to wear masks while attending shows or events in either our indoor or outdoor venues. However, the theatre still strongly recommends mask-wearing while at the Globe, and patrons should feel comfortable wearing a mask anywhere on our campus if they choose.

Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musicalis supported by production sponsors Nikki and Ben Clay, Elaine and Dave* Darwin, HM Electronics, Inc., The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Paula and Brian Powers, James and Kalpana Rhodes, and Karen and Stuart Tanz, and Artist Sponsors Alicia and Jon Atun (sponsoring choreographer Rob Ashford) and Viasat (sponsoring Shoba Narayan as Simran). The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities. Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.

*In memoriam

Bios and photos of all participants can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.

Yash Raj Films (YRF) – Films. Music. Artistes. At our core, we’re storytellers. From making high-budget blockbusters to youth-oriented films, from working with the biggest actors of the industry to launching young talent in films, from being the distribution house with the strongest global foothold to pioneering new formats of distribution and exploring newer territories, from launching compelling story-telling forms to the numerous digitally led innovations, Yash Raj Films (YRF) has maintained its flagship position across all businesses since its genesis. YRF was founded by the Late Yash Chopra, a veteran of the Indian film industry, in 1970. It’s the only privately held and fully integrated studio in India producing and having produced over 80 films. YRF is now a 50-year-strong production house and a vertically integrated studio in every sense, controlling almost every part of the value chain from production to post production, domestic & international distribution, music & home entertainment, marketing, design, digital, licensing, merchandising, talent management, brand partnerships, music studios and film studios –all in-house facilities, which make it one of the most coveted entertainment conglomerates in the country. YRF has its own state-of-the-art fully integrated studio that houses shooting stages, sound studios and is headquartered at one of Mumbai's prime properties where the heart of the entertainment business beats. Over the last five decades, YRF’s catalogue of films could be easily India's most enviable film catalogue in the entertainment business. YRF’s top grossers have already placed the company in the big league of producers worldwide, making it one of the largest film-making entities in the nation. YRF has been one of the key makers of modern cinema and has heralded cinematic trends since its inception -the way films are made, the way films are marketed and the way films are consumed.

The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 88th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star,The Full Monty,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

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