The Grand Theatre at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai, inaugurated on March 31 this year, is the ultimate destination for an out-of-the-world theatrical experience, not only in Mumbai but all of India. The centre has etched a name for itself in the entertainment world through a series of celebrated productions like Broadway classics ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘West Side Story,’ as well as regional gems like ‘Charchaughi’ and ‘Madhuri Dixit.’ The recent musical extravaganza ‘Sona Tarasha’ garnered widespread acclaim. A standout event at the centre was the grand opening of ‘The Great Indian Musical: Civilization To Nation,’ India’s largest-ever theatrical production.
Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, the show captivates audiences with its narrative inspired by India, grandiose sets, and an exceptional cast and crew. It weaves together the essence of India’s diverse artistic heritage, guiding viewers through the various epochs of the nation’s illustrious history and culture.
The inaugural run of this marquee production was nothing short of a blockbuster. With sold-out shows, it enthralled an audience of nearly 38,000 and earned acclaim as a world-class experience, unprecedented in our country. For every Indian, it quickly became a must-see spectacle.
Following the overwhelming adoration from both Indian and global audiences, coupled with an overwhelming demand for an encore, ‘The Great Indian Musical: Civilization To Nation’ is set to grace the stage once again at The Grand Theatre. This architectural marvel, with a seating capacity of 2,000, is located within the Cultural Centre and is poised to reopen its curtains on September 21, 2023.
Nita Ambani, Founder & Chairperson, shared her enthusiasm about the revival, stating, “It brings me immense joy and pride to announce the return of ‘The Great Indian Musical: Civilization To Nation’ at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre. This production marked our initial step in showcasing India’s finest to the world. In response to numerous requests for its return, we are thrilled to present this magnum opus once again, driven by popular demand. The affection and admiration we received from the audience after each show have been heartwarming. Join us to relive cherished memories and create new ones with this immersive tribute to India’s cultural legacy.”
As India’s most extensive theatrical production takes the stage once more, audiences can anticipate embarking on an extraordinary voyage through the nation’s cultural richness. Accompanied by orchestra-style music by the famed Bollywood duo Ajay-Atul and adorned in breathtaking costumes by renowned designer Manish Malhotra, the experience promises to be unparalleled.
This journey delves into exemplary dance, drama, music, and art, curated by exceptional Indian talents like Vaibhavi Merchant (Guest Choreographer), Mayuri Upadhya (Lead Choreographer), and choreographers Samir & Arsh Tanna. The international luminaries contributing to this spectacle include Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Gareth Owen (Sound Design), John Narun (Projection Design), Renuka Pillai (Makeup Design), and Shruti Merchant (Associate Director), all of whom have been honored with multiple awards.
The narrative unfolds within the magnificent expanse of The Grand Theatre that boasts features tailored to host a production of this magnitude, including an expansive stage and proscenium, an integrated Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and Virtual Acoustic Systems, innovative seating arrangements, and a programmable lighting system. Together, these elements transport the audience into a sensory extravaganza reminiscent of Broadway, right in the heart of Mumbai.