Reviewed on Monday 18th May 2015
Guiding audiences on a journey through India, Beyond Bollywood has transferred to London for sixty performances direct from its one-night-only premiere in Mumbai.
Telling a poorly written story of a girl trying to fulfil her mother’s dying wish by leaving home in Munich and travelling to India, the show fails to live up to West End standards. During awkward scenes the Palladium stage appears bare and lifeless, despite projections being used heavily throughout.
The musical numbers vibrantly showcase Indian dance. On one or two occasions the dancers could be tighter, but overall the standard is high and the energy is empowering. Despite there being brief moments of live playing, the majority of the music is pre-recorded which is a shame. Perhaps Beyond Bollywood would work better if the story was axed and the piece was re-shaped into a variety show.
Beyond Bollywood has potential - I've never seen anything like it and it's wonderful to see a different style of dance on a London stage. However, the piece should have been given longer to grow and develop before opening at one of the most prestigious venues in the theatre capital of the world.
Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)Beyond Bollywood runs at the London Palladium until Saturday 27th June 2015. Please visit www.beyondbollywoodmusical.com for further information and tickets.