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Theater Speak: Falling in love with a present

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Particular to The Village Information

It is a hit! “Come Fall in Love” lives as much as its title.

Opening the season at The Previous Globe is the World Premiere of “Come Fall in Love” additionally recognized all through India as “DDLJ Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.”

Destined for Broadway, the newest present on the Conrad Prebys Theater burst into unrestrained pleasure simply minutes after the curtain. Happiness rained over a superbly dressed viewers in glowing Indian gown. For the primary time in reminiscence, the exuberant viewers was dressed as gorgeously because the actors.

“DDLJ” is finest outlined as a cultural explosion of coloration, music, and dance.

Celebrated for being the longest working movie within the historical past of cinema in Punjab, India, or most likely wherever all over the world, “DDLJ’s” authentic movie was written 25 years in the past by then 23-year-old Aditya Chopra.

Quick ahead, the play opened its World Premiere at The Previous Globe Theater in Balboa Park this September.

Playwright Nell Benjamin (creator of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” and the stage adaptation of the movie “Imply Ladies”) tweaked the movie’s story location from London to New York. Finest recognized in India as Vishal and Sheykhar, they wrote the toe-tapping inspirational musical rating.

It took a forged the dimensions of a Punjab village to retell Simran’s (Shoba Narayan) story about her self-discovered real love, Rog (Austin Colby), and her arranged-marriage Indian bridegroom, Kuljit (Kinshuk Sen).

Apart from the splendor of the costumes, projections, singing and dancing, “Come Fall in Love” distinguishes itself by embracing the Indian tradition and the way it blends into the material of America.

Don’t hesitate to safe your seats for “Come Fall in Love, The DDLJ Musical” now taking part in at The Previous Globe’s Prebys Theater till Oct. 16. If you’re planning to catch one present this yr, that is it. Field workplace after 12 midday 619-234-5623 or Rated 10++ out of 10.

As a facet observe: it’s simpler to get the $17 pay as you go parking than to attempt to squirrel a free parking spot inside Balboa Park particularly on a moonless evening. Since parking is restricted, seize it when buying your tickets. Plus, ask for the bodily deal with for the Valet Lot to be able to set your GPS in time to snag a free shuttle journey to the field workplace – particularly for evening time performances.

Should you attend a matinee efficiency, plan to pop into the San Diego Museum of Artwork to catch 17 of Pablo Picasso’s summary “Drawings and Prints” at 1450 El Prado. For extra info, name 619-232-7931.

Shoulder to shoulder with The Previous Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse incessantly introduces new works destined for Broadway. Final week, LJP opened one other World Premiere, “Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes).”

Because it occurred, after seeing “Fandango,” I fretted all of final week attempting to establish what went unsuitable with the playwright’s message about coming to America.

It wasn’t till final evening’s efficiency of “Come Fall in Love, DDLJ the Musical,” that I solved my dilemma. Now I do know.

It took the distinction between the 2 tales to elaborate on the simplicity of the distinction. The Indian story is compelling as a result of it celebrates the outcomes of strolling into America as reputable immigrants versus sneaking throughout the border at evening and whining about being apprehended and despatched again.

In what ought to have been a celebration of South American tradition and music as an alternative it was a whiney dialog about our border patrol. The entire manufacturing rubbed me the unsuitable means. It was a spit within the eye to all authorized immigrants and tax paying residents. ClosesSep. 25. Tickets at That is unrated.

Kristina Wong opens at LJP in a one girl present Sept. 20 – Oct. 16 for a dose of liberal comedy. For tickets, name 858-550-1010.

I’ve an deal with correction for North Coast Repertory in Solana Seaside. It’s my hope that nobody used the revealed deal with as a result of as an alternative of finding the theater, you’d have most likely ended up in somebody’s lounge. My unhealthy. The right deal with to North Coast Repertory to see their extremely rated quirky manufacturing of “Annabella in July” stands corrected at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Suite D in Solana Seaside; Field workplace: 858-481-1055 or

“Ain’t Misbehavin,” the Fat Waller Musical Present, opens in Escondido on the California Middle for the Arts, Sept. 23 – Oct. 8. For tickets, name 800-988-4253 or go to

“The Outsider” opened final week at Scripps Ranch Theater working till Oct. 9. Directed by Christopher Williams, that is certain to spark opinions from either side. For tickets, name the Field workplace at 858-395-0573 or go to The theater is situated on the Avenue of Nations.

Lamb’s Gamers Theater in Coronado is the house to Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Thriller” opening Oct. 1 – Nov. 20 at 1042 Orange Avenue. For tickets, name 619-437-6000 or go to

Broadway San Diego opens with “Cats” Sept. 27 – Oct. 2 on the downtown Civic Middle. For tickets, name 619-564-3000 or go to

“Cabaret” continues till Oct. 2 in Previous City San Diego. Name 619-337-1525 or go to Parking is restricted so go early.

San Diego Musical Theater (SDMT) at 4650 Mercury St., San Diego will kick off with “Little Store of Horrors, the Musical” Sept. 30. Free parking. For tickets, name 858-560-5740 or go to Save 25% on teams of 12 or extra.

Rafael Payare will conduct the San Diego Symphony in “Beethoven 5” Oct. 7 on the Rady Shell at 7:30 pm and once more Oct. 8 in Escondido on the California Middle for the Arts, 7:30 pm Go to https:// for tickets.

Look ahead to a brand new dinner and homicide thriller present opening Oct. 9 by Curtain Name Firm in Fallbrook.

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal may be reached at [email protected]

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