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An Indian musical headed to Broadway feels incredibly personal : Shoba Narayan

Shobha who plays Simran, speaks about the monumental impact that Aditya Chopra’s Come Fall In Love is going to have for Indian and South Asian representation on Broadway. Shobha is an Indian American actor who was raised by Indian immigrant parents!

For the first time, an Indian director, Aditya Chopra, debuts on Broadway. It is also the first Bollywood musical set to be on Broadway. It has Vishal and Sheykhar debuting too as composers. Shruti Merchant will do her first Broadway musical as Associate Choreographer and Shoba Narayan, plays her ethnicity for the first time on the Broadway stage.

Speaking about the cultural impact that Come Fall In Love is going to have in America, as well as the global stage, the musical’s lead Shoba Narayan shares, “I am thrilled to be bringing this classic love story Come Fall in Love, to Broadway and to be playing the iconic lead role of Simran. The fact that we have an Indian musical headed to Broadway feels incredibly personal and monumental to me as an Indian American actor who was raised by Indian immigrant parents, and who loves Bollywood films, Broadway, and Indian fine arts.”

She adds, “It’s a great moment of pride to see our Indian culture celebrated and represented so authentically on the world’s biggest stage. This is something I’ve spent my life and career fighting for. Hopefully, this will be the first of many.”

Shoba further states, “I feel so much pride for this big moment for India, with a Broadway debut for Aditya Chopra, Vishal & Sheykhar, Akhila Krishnan, Shruti Merchant as well as Indian Cinema and Yash Raj Films. We are here. We are seen. I couldn’t be happier. It was only a matter of time before Broadway and Bollywood found each other and I am honoured to be at the helm of this moment.”

The musical just had its opening night on Septmeber 14th to thunderingly positive response and it will run through October 16, 2022.

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