A.R. Rahman, making a self-confessed “U-turn” after his success with the “Lord of the Rings” musical on London’s West End, is now planning to bring a mega Broadway-style musical to India.”Yes, it will be very soon,” Rahman said at the Jet Airways-sponsored gala launch of the “Lord of the Rings” compact disc in London Monday.
Rahman said his plan is to create an original musical play – of the kind seen in London and New York – to be put up on an Indian stage, most probably in Haryana, near Delhi. The staging will hinge on plans by Indian events management and entertainment company Wizcraft to develop an entire town near Delhi, patterned after Las Vegas, Rahman told IANS in an interview.
“There will be a big theater, that’s all good news. It’s good to see people opening up,” he said.
Although Rahman is keeping his plans tightly wrapped, it is aimed at linking Indian tourism with a modern musical stage, just as London’s West End attracts millions of international tourists.
“A lot of things are too early to say, let’s hope for the best. I’ve been given great respect in India. It’s time for me to give back,” he said in the interview.
His biggest projects at the moment are his music production company K.M. Music and a music school that he launched in Chennai on his birthday, Jan 6.