5 Indian Stage Musicals

By Jay Palav - March 27, 2018

This #WorldTheatreDay, we reminisce and wait second comings of music-filled plays that took our breath away

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You don’t have to love theatre to fall in love with a musical. Such is the power of a great musical that it can move you. The immediacy and live nature of the performance make them unforgettable experiences when the musical in question has scored high with audiences and critics alike.
Here’s our list of theatrical musicals that we just can’t get enough of…

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MUSICAL: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
STATUS: Fresh shows in May 2018
DIRECTOR: Vikranth Pawar
MUSIC TRAINER: Suzanne Dmello Official
Disney’s first stage musical in India. A dreamy experience for first-timers at something of this scale, the live performances will give you goosebumps for sure.

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MUSICAL: Disney’s Aladdin
STATUS: Opens in April 2018
DIRECTOR: Shruti Sharma
MUSIC: Dhruv Ghanekar
The film favourite comes to the Indian stage, Broadway-style. If you enjoyed BATB, you’ll definitely flip for this one.

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MUSICAL: Balle Balle The Musical
STATUS: Upcoming shows TBA
DIRECTOR: Viraf Sarkari
MUSIC: Nikhil Koparde
If you’re a Bollywood buff, this is the wholesome high you’ve been looking for. A performance-driven, inclusive, conversational musical crammed with a million (okay, we’re exaggerating, but still A LOT!) Bollywood tracks, it’s a sensory overload.

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MUSICAL: Mughal E Azam
STATUS: Fresh dates TBA
DIRECTOR: Feroz Abbas Khan
MUSIC: Featuring songs from the film’s soundtrack
An NCPA Mumbai and Shapoorji Pallonji Group production, the Mughal-e-Azam musical is the immortal story of Prince Salim rebelling and waging war against his father Emperor Akbar for the love of Anarkali. Manish Malhotra costumes, #Broadway technicians make this film-to-stage reproduction a must-watch the next time it opens in a city near you again.

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MUSICAL: Gandhi The Musical
STATUS: Fresh dates TBA
DIRECTOR: Danesh R Khambata
MUSIC: Nariman Khambata and Rahul Pais
Close to 20 songs, 40-odd dancers across several genres and a rumoured one-crore production, this is the ode to the life of the man we call Father Of The Nation in a way like you’ve never experienced before.


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