Beauty and the Beast set to en­thrall Delhi

The Delhi au­di­ence is ready for a show like this. There is a strong theatre cul­ture in Delhi. Delhi will be very re­cep­tive to­wards a show like this Sid­dharth Roy Ka­pur, Dis­ney In­dia, MD

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shalvi Man­gaokar shalvi. man­gaokar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Last month, Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast, sup­ported by Hin­dus­tan Times, which pre­miered in Mum­bai, was a sold-out event. In­dia’s first Broad­way-style mu­si­cal is now set to open in Delhi, next month. Re­port­edly, in the first two weeks af­ter the book­ing be­gan in Mum­bai, the show sold over 12,000 tick­ets. Af­ter the suc­cess of the Mum­bai shows, Dis­ney In­dia’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sid­dharth Roy Ka­pur talks about what went into the mak­ing of the mu­si­cal.

Did you ever think that pro­duc­ing a Broad­way-style mu­si­cal in a Bol­ly­wood-crazy na­tion like ours would be risky?

When you try some­thing new, there’s al­ways an in­her­ent risk in­volved. We are aware of the de­mand that ex­ists for en­ter­tain­ment and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia.

Does the In­dian au­di­ence have lim­ited en­ter­tain­ment op­tions?

Cir­cuses don’t ex­ist to­day; you don’t have those many parks or amuse­ment cen­tres as you’d have liked. Fam­i­lies with dis­pos­able in­comes are get­ting frus­trated, as they have nowhere else to spend it. This is an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce a new form of en­ter­tain­ment. We’re most proud that we did it with a lo­cal cast. We thought it would make sense to start out with Delhi and Mum­bai and then, hope­fully in the fu­ture, we will go to other met­ros.

Alan Menken (mu­sic com­poser) has worked on the orig­i­nal movie too. What was his re­ac­tion?

Alan didn’t know what to ex­pect. He was com­ing to In­dia to see this. Later he told us that he was gob­s­macked by the scale of pro­duc­tion, by the kind of tal­ent that was on stage, and by the ef­fects we had man­aged to achieve.

PHOTO: RAJ K RAJ/HT

The set of Beauty and the Beast

PHOTO: KU­NAL PATIL/HT

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