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Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical

September 01 - October 16

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

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Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical
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September 1 – October 16, 2022

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Directed by Aditya Chopra
Book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Music by Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani
Choreography by Rob Ashford

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, set to the exuberant beat of all-new songs created for the stage.

Come Fall in Love — The DDLJ Musical is supported by production sponsors Nikki and Ben Clay, Elaine and Dave* Darwin, HM Electronics, Inc., The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Paula and Brian Powers, Karen and Stuart Tanz, and Anonymous.

*In memoriam

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.


Cast and Creatives



Nell Benjamin (Book and Lyrics). Broadway: Mean Girls; the Musical with Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond (Tony nomination), Legally Blonde: the Musical, with Laurence O’Keefe (Olivier Award, Tony nomination). Off-Broadway and regional: The Explorers Club (Outer Critics Circle, Best Play); Because of Winn Dixie; Dave: the Musical, Cam Jansen; Sarah, Plain and Tall; Halftime; Pirates!; The Mice; I Want My Hat Back and How I Became A Pirate (TheaterworksUSA); New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve and Young Peoples’ concerts. Film: The Sea Beast. Television: Unhappily Ever After; Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca; The Electric Company; Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; Julie’s Greenroom. Member of ASCAP and Dramatists Guild. Recipient of a Kleban Foundation Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant.

VISHAL DADLANI & SHEYKHAR RAVJIANI (popularly called Vishal & Sheykhar in India) are one of the biggest Bollywood music directors today. With a career spanning two decades, they are one of the most prominent names in Indian film and music industry, having delivered some of the biggest musical hits. This multi-faceted musical composers are not only adored as composers, but also as singers, songwriters, music producers and live performers. It was the soundtrack for the 2003 film Jhankaar Beats which brought them instant major-league recognition. Vishal & Sheykhar haven’t looked back ever since as they have delivered some of the most streamed songs in the history of Indian music. With Yash Raj Films (YRF) and Aditya Chopra, their journey began in 2004, after they registered massive successes with film soundtracks like Musafir, Bluffmaster and Dus. Their first YRF film Salaam Namaste was a musical phenomenon in India and among Indians globally. Vishal & Sheykhar have gone on to compose songs for several YRF Films like Ta Ra Rum Pum, Tashan, , Bachna Ae Haseeno, Sultan, Befikre, Fan, Tiger Zinda Hai and WAR. The music for all of these films had ground-breaking success and set several records worldwide. ‘Nashe Si Chad Gayi’ from the film Befikre was the first Indian song to cross 300 million views and currently has more than 600 million views on YouTube! Vishal & Sheykhar also composed a mega chartbuster for the film Fan starring global icon Shah Rukh Khan. The song ‘Jabra Fan’ became an anthem in 11 languages. For Tiger Zinda Hai, the song ‘Swag Se Swagat’ became a dance floor anthem and the fastest song in the world to hit 100 million views and clocked up to 650 million views on YouTube in its first year! While the song ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ from the same movie has remained the perfect love song for millions of fans. Their most recent compositions ‘Ghungroo’ and ‘Jai Jai Shivshankar’ from WAR have both crossed over 300 million and still counting! Vishal & Sheykhar are the superstars of the Indian music industry. They have composed trend-setting and blockbuster music for films like Taxi No. 9211, Golmaal, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Cash, Om Shanti Om, Dostana, Anjaana Anjaani, I Hate Luv Storys, The Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Shanghai, Student of the Year, Chennai Express, Happy New Year, Bang Bang!, to name a few. In 2011, Vishal & Sheykhar did the much talked about international collaboration with American popstar Akon for the track ‘Chammak Challo’ in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ra.One. This was another definitive moment for Indian Film Music as a reigning global pop megastar was brought to India and introduced to the colossal Indian Film and Music audience, in Hindi, through a Vishal & Sheykhar composition that is still a staple on every Indian dance floor, and several International ones. Vishal & Sheykhar have been nominated for and won almost every Indian music award, and have been judges on almost every Music Reality TV show, like Indian Idol and The Voice, which are official Indian spinoffs of international hit reality shows. Their unique brand of music has had a huge and lasting influence on Indian popular music and thus, Vishal & Sheykhar have been rightfully called the architects of the modern sound of Bollywood.

ADITYA CHOPRA (Director) is the biggest film-maker of India. At just 23 years of age, he directed Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema which is still running in theatres, 26 years since its release. He is also the first Indian director who delivered a hat-trick of blockbusters with his first three directorials DDLJ, Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Aditya’s vision for cinema in India has shaped and reshaped pop-culture as he directed and produced some of the biggest cult classics that the country has ever witnessed. His vision and trend-setting excellence over the years has elevated Yash Raj Films (YRF) to become one of the most reputed and iconic brands in India today. Aditya Chopra became an avid film buff from his early childhood. And while his schooling in film started with viewing films, his college and university were his father, the legendary Indian film-maker Yash Chopra’s home productions. At the age of 18, Aditya’s own film career kicked off. He started working as an assistant to his father in some of the iconic classics like CHANDNI (1989), LAMHE (1991) and DARR (1993).His directorial debut, DDLJ is still running theatrically for more than 1000 weeks after it was originally released on 20th October 1995. His singular touch was evident in every frame of the movie; and its freshness, wit, romance and chemistry between the lead pair –and the unique marriage of a hip modern sensibility married to a belief in Indian traditions won every heart over. DDLJ was truly an Aditya Chopra product in every sense. He was responsible for the story, screenplay and dialogue in addition to direction. He won every conceivable award for this film, including 10 Filmfare awards, India’s equivalent to the biggest global awards. The master-storyteller, Aditya Chopra, is unanimously regarded as a visionary and a cinematic trendsetter. As a director, he is synonymous with the ‘idea of romance’ among Indians globally. As a producer, he is known for exploring genre-shifting trends and has redefined entertainment across generations. He also holds the record for producing the maximum number of films in Hindi language. He is the first Indian film producer to move towards a film studio model through independent projects helmed by producers, writers and directors under the YRF banner. He is also the biggest star-maker who has launched numerous generation-defining youth icons of India through his films. As Chairman and Managing Director of YRF, Aditya Chopra is the driving force behind creativity at YRF Studios. He oversees the development of YRF’s business strategy and implementation of the company vision. Apart from emerging as one of the most successful movie moguls of Indian cinema, Aditya Chopra today has emerged as the most sought-after equitable brand in Indian entertainment.

ROB ASHFORD (Choreography) is a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning director and choreographer. Broadway theatre credits include Frozen on Broadway, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Evita (Tony Nom.), How To Succeed (Tony Noms. Direction and Choreography), Promises, Promises (Tony Nom.), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Choreography), Shrek, John Water’s Cry Baby(Tony Nom., Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Fred Astaire Awards), Curtains (Tony Nom.) and Wedding Singer(Tony Nom.). Other credits include The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh), The Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh; Olivier Nom. Best Direction), Harlequinade (Kenneth Branagh), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York / Manchester International Festival), the Olivier Award winning productions of Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier Nom. for Best Revival), and Parade (all Donmar Warehouse, Olivier Noms. Direction & Choreography). Rob directed and choreographed Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live! for NBC (DGA Noms. for both), and directed The Barber of Seville and Carousel (Lyric Opera Chicago). He choreographed and staged the 2015 Academy Awards with Neil Patrick Harris, the 2014 Academy Awards with Ellen DeGeneres, and the 2013 Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane. Rob won the Emmy for Best Choreography for his work on Baz Luhrmann’s 2009 Academy Awards production number featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé. Rob has also choreographed the opening number for The Tony Awards for 9 years which includes hosts Neil Patrick Harris (4), Sean Hayes, Kevin Spacey, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, and James Corden (2). He has staged tributes at the Kennedy Center Honors for Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Films include choreography for Death On The Nile, Disney’s Cinderella, Ted 2, A Million Ways To Die In The West, and Beyond The Sea. He was Kenneth Branagh’s Associate Director for Murder On The Orient Express. Upcoming...he will direct Glenn Close in the highly anticipated musical remake of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.

DEREK McLANE (Scenic Design). Designed for more than 300 shows. His 43 Broadway designs include Moulin Rouge!, American Son,Parisian Woman, Beautiful, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business, Bengal Tiger…, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations (Tony Award), Little Women, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife, The Women. Off-Broadway: The True, Ruined, Lie of the Mind, Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party. He designed Academy Awards 6 times as well as 4 live musicals for television. Winner of multiple Obie, Lucille Lortel, Art Director’s Guild, Emmy Awards, Drama Desk Awards and the Tony Award.

Japhy Weideman (Lighting Designer) Old Globe: Bright Star, October Sky, The Rainmaker, Bethany. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, The Visit, The Nance, Of Mice and Men, Airline Highway, Lobby Hero, Bright Star, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sylvia, The Snow Geese, Old Times, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Significant Other, and Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre, The Public-NYSF, NYTW, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, MCC, LAByrinth, The Vineyard, Ma-Yi, and others. West End: Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward), A Nice Fish (Harold Pinter Theatre), and Blackbird (Albery Theatre). Recent: Production Designer for Hasan Minhaj’s The King’s Jester National Tour and Lighting Designer for The King’s Jester upcoming Netflix special. Five Tony Award nominations for Lighting Design.

Akhila Krishnan is an award-winning projection designer and creative director for moving image and immersive technology. She trained at the Royal College of Art and the National Institute of Design in India and was previously Senior Designer at 59 Productions. Theatre includes Chasing Hares (Young Vic), Our Generation (National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre); What’s New Pussycat (Birmingham Rep); The Two Character Play (Hampstead Theatre); Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse/Ramps on the Moon); While You Are Here (The Place/Dance East); Maggot Moon (Unicorn Theatre). Opera includes The Wreckers (Glyndebourne); Samson et Dalila, The Knife of Dawn, Echoes at the Gate, 8bit (Royal Opera House); The Handmaid’s Tale, The Valkyrie (English National Opera); Syllable (Theatre O). Live Broadcast and Film Direction includes POD, Lifesongs (Guildhall). Event design includes Sound of Colour (Arthouse Jersey); Mamma Mia: The Party (O2 Arena); UpNext (National Theatre Fundraising Gala).

David Holcenberg (music supervision, arrangements, orchestrations). Old Globe: A.. My Name is Still Alice. Broadway: MJ (Drama Desk winner, Tony and OCC noms), Groundhog Day, Matilda, Rocky, Mamma MIa!, Bye Bye Birdie, The Story of My Life, Good Vibrations, Seussical, Titanic and Showboat. Other credits: Radio City Summer Spectacular, Newsies (world premiere, Papermill Playhouse) Ragtime (US premiere-LA Drama Critics Award) The Glorious Ones and Dessa Rose (LCT) The Phantom of the Opera (Toronto) and Mamma Mia in concert (Hollywood Bowl).

Ted Arthur (Music Director). Moulin Rouge! (International Associate Music Supervisor). Broadway: Diana: The Musical (Music Director), The Prom (Associate Conductor), Once On This Island (Assistant Conductor). Moulin Rouge Broadway, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked. Ted is on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and a member of MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity). Upcoming: Hercules at Paper Mill Playhouse and Back to the Futureon Broadway in 2023.

SHRUTI MERCHANT (Associate Choreography) comes from a family of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers. Her grandfather, Late B. Hiralal was a renowned film choreographer and was one of the founding fathers of classic Bollywood cinema songs. She is trained in Indian classical dance, Kathak and Bharatnatyam. Her professional choreography career began at an early age assisting her sister Vaibhavi Merchant in more than 50 films and made her debut as a Choreographer in Bollywood films with ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ and won several nominations and awards. Prior to directing Taj Express, she toured with travelling musicals for over 9 years as an Associate Choreographer. She has performed in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Netherlands to name a few. It was during this time that she experienced the global theatre scene first-hand. Touring Internationally she has gained experience and knowledge in the field of Choreography, Direction and Production of stage shows. In January 2011, Shruti started “QUINTESSENCE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS” with the aim to bring commercial theatre into the Indian Entertainment Market. With Taj Express she has created a ground- breaking song, dance and drama extravaganza that has been entertaining and enthralling audiences of all ages, world-over. During this tenure she has worked closely with promoters and venues such as Mr. Harvey Goldsmith, Sadlers Wells, Columbia Artists, Live Nation, Base Entertainment and many more. Taj Express has completed 500 shows worldwide and is slotted for a North America tour in early 2023.

Charlie Williams- As a performer, Charlie has appeared in the original Broadway casts of MEMPHIS, How to Succeed in Business…, Miss Saigon, The Cher Show, and most recently Frozen. He has also danced in the feature films of Ted2, A Million Ways to Die In The West, And Dance Flick. On Television, Charlie has appeared and helped choreograph The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, NBC’s Peter Pan Live and The Sound of Music Live. Charlie worked as the Resident Movement Associate on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris and is currently setting international companies of Frozen as he continues his role as Associate Choreographer of the original Broadway show as well as choreographing episodes of Saturday Night Live back in NYC. www.iamcharliewilliams.com

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The Gardens of Anuncia, Almost Famous, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bright Star, Allegiance, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Benny & Joon, October Sky, The Rocky Horror Show, Life After, The Wanderers, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show (2019), Dog and Pony, The Twenty-Seventh Man, A Room with a View, Kingdom, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Be a Good Little Widow. Broadway: Bright Star. Regional: Fly, Sideways, Ruined, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herringbone, The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse), Ruined (Huntington Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), Venice (Center Theatre Group, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Antigone (SITI Company).

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, The Gardens of Anuncia, Life After, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Blameless, American Mariachi, The Heart of Rock & Roll, October Sky, Rain, The Metromaniacs, The White Snake, Inherit the Wind, Somewhere, Lost in Yonkers, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, See How They Run, The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego). Education: UC San Diego.

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (as production assistant). Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).