The Merchants of Bollwood comes to Chicago on October 1

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International Smash Hit

The Merchants of Bollywood

 

Makes North American premier at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre 

FOR TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY  – OCTOBER 1st and 2nd

After its triumph in Asia and Europe, including 16 sold-out performances in London, the international smash hit, The Merchants of Bollywood is set to mesmerize North America with its premiere performances at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E Congress Pkwy) this October, for two performances only, Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.

An international musical dance spectacular, The Merchants of Bollywood charts the enchanting history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry and a dynasty of stars that have lit the industry’s path over generations. The dancers’ energy, with bangles, beads and swirling colorful costumes, is electrifying in a frenetic flow of onstage activity to excite the senses with lavish, bold musical production numbers that feature all the smash hit songs from the biggest Bollywood blockbusters throughout its cinematic history. The Merchants of Bollywood will reveal to North American audiences how cinema resides in the heart and soul of Indian society in an extraordinary evening of music and dance at the heart of which lies a heartfelt story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance.

Written and directed by Toby Gough, The Merchants of Bollywood is loosely based on the real-life story of the Merchant family dynasty, whose members have been prominent choreographers and filmmakers since the beginning of the Hindi film industry in the 1920s. The production features choreography by the internationally renowned Vaibhavi Merchant, who is regarded as Bollywood’s top choreographer today, and is set to music by Salim-Sulaiman.

The Merchants of Bollywood has been seen by more than two million people worldwide. This original production was developed in Mumbai, India, with 50 performers, 500 lavish costumes and 3,000 pieces of glittering jewelry. During its recent sold out-run in London, The Times wrote: “Their energy is electrifying…it’s high-octane pleasure!” The London Metro raved that “The Merchants of Bollywood has dazzle, shimmer and sparkle…it’s slick and sexy.”

Tickets to the North American premiere of the theatrical dance spectacular The Merchants of Bollywood can be purchased at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, located at 50 E Congress Pkwy, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787. Tickets are $47 – $77, with special VIP Box Seating available for $87 – $100.

The Merchants of Bollywood is presented by Four Quarters Entertainment and World Media Group. For more information, visit www.bollywoodtickets.us/chicago.

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