Aditya Chopra is acclimatizing his blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as a Broadway musical. Titled Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical, the stage show will be produced by Chopra’s banner, Yash Raj Films.
The musical is based on an original story by Chopra, which he labelled in a press release as “a love story of an American boy and an Indian girl, a love story of two cultures…two worlds”. Come Fall in Love is scheduled to be premiered at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September 2022, followed by a run on Broadway in New York City through 2022 and 2023. Casting for the musical will begin soon, according to the press statement.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge marked Chopra’s debut as a director. Released in 1995 (and still running in a single show at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai), the movie stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as lovers who are kept apart by family restrictions but reunited by their ardor.
The original music, which remains popular, was by Jatin-Lalit. The musical will have book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, whose credits include the stage adaptations of Legally Blonde and Mean Girls. Vishal- Shekhar will compose the music for Come Fall in Love. Rob Ashford (Frozen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys from Syracuse) will serve as the chief choreographer.
A global casting search will begin shortly which will be headed by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley casting and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma.