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The Merchants of Bollywood 

When: Thu., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $20-55

"This is not the life I want. I'm leaving for—Bollywood." In a story as old as show business (or at least as old as The Jazz Singer), a fiery young woman rejects the classical traditions of her grandfather, devotee of the god Shiva, Lord of the Dance, and finds her own show-business destiny. Written and directed by Toby Gough, a creator of stage revues in diverse global music styles, MoB arrives in the states after 16 sold-out London dates. The glittery Australian (via Film City—Mumbai) performance features music by the hit-making brothers Salim-Sulaiman and choreography by one of Bollywood's best, Vaibhavi Merchant, whose family story this sort of is. The spectacle promises a surfeit of dazzling masala eye candy and high-octane dance routines, even if the claim that it will include "all the smash hit songs from the biggest Bollywood blockbusters throughout its cinematic history" seems a tad overstated. If the cadres of energetic, bejeweled dancers just re-enact "Dhoom Machale" (Dhoom) and "Kajre Re" (Bunty aur Babli) as promised in the teaser videos, it will be enough. —Laura Boyes

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