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Bent It Like Beckham the musical

 Tuesday, May 7, 2019

           

STARVOX ENTERTAINMENT, BEND IT FILMS AND KINTOP PICTURES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH TO LIVE

ANNOUNCE THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF

**WINNER BEST MUSICAL – UK CRITICS’ CIRCLE THEATRE AWARDS**

Book by Gurinder Chadha & Paul Mayeda Berges

Lyrics by Charles Hart

Music by Howard Goodhall

“…a sympathetic portrait of adolescence, a hearty celebration of multiculturalism and a big fat feminist hell-yeah… It’s what you wish the West End were like all the year round.” – Variety

With catchy music, fantastic design and great performances, the ebullient musical looks sure to be a hit…[the] east-west bhangra fusion serves the story ebulliently.”The Guardian

It’s about feeling the value, not just of football, but of different approaches to life and even sex, on the pulse.”    – The Telegraph

This is the most irresistibly joyous musical-theatre make-over of a much-loved movie since

Billy Elliot,”   – The Independent.

Tickets on sale to the public May 7, 2019

On stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

December 7, 2019 to December 24, 2019

Toronto, ON – Leading live-entertainment company Starvox Entertainment, Bend it Films and Kintop Pictures in association with To Live, are thrilled to announce that they are bringing the acclaimed musical based on the international smash-hit movie BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM to Toronto for its North American premiere.  The musical will arrive in time for the holiday season with a limited engagement December 7, 2019 – December 24, 2019 at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

A heartwarming musical comedy about bending the rules and living life on your own terms, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: The Musical is a vibrant and colourful story about a teen girl from a South Asian Sikh family who desperately wants to play soccer, against the wishes of her traditional immigrant parents. Set in West London, the story follows two teenage girls from different backgrounds who share an aptitude for soccer and pressure from their families to conform. Like the film that won over millions of hearts worldwide, the musical marries contemporary British and South Asian music and dance, the joy of discovering your passion and fighting for it, an irreverent sense of humour, and a healthy dose of girl power.

 

We are tremendously excited to be bringing this absolutely iconic story to North America and to be debuting it in Toronto,” says Starvox Entertainment Founder and CEO Corey Ross.

 

“We are delighted to be working with Starvox to bring this production to Toronto said Deepak Nayar of Kintop Pictures, who produced the Movie and the Show in the West End

 

“Bend It Like Beckham is truly a family friendly musical that blends a fresh story, a great multicultural element – the fusion of contemporary and South Asian music and dance – and the amazing message that girls can and should be totally unlimited in pursuing their dreams! If you and your family love musicals, soccer and Bollywood dancing this is for you!”

 

Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Films, who will co-direct the Toronto production, adds” I love this musical, in many ways I think it’s better than my film! Toronto is the perfect city to stage it as the audience just gets all the cultural joy and celebration.”

 

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: The Musical is based on the juggernaut film of the same name, which first debuted in the UK in April 2002. The film dominated the British weekend box-office for several weeks going on to make over $11 million (British pounds). BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM opened in North America in March of 2003 and was a surprise critical and popular hit, ultimately grossing $76.6 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing Indian-themed film since Gandhi and kickstarting the careers of Parminder Nagra and Kiera Knightley. Notably, it was also the first feature film directed by a British South Asian woman.

 

The musical made its West End London World Premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in May of 2015 where it ran for a year and received critical raves. Variety said the story worked even better on stage and called ita sympathetic portrait of adolescence, a hearty celebration of multiculturalism and a big fat feminist hell-yeah… It’s what you wish the West End were like all the year round.” The Guardian cheered, “.. with catchy music, fantastic design and great performances, the ebullient musical looks sure to be a hit” and of the music said [the] east-west bhangra fusion serves the story ebulliently.”  “This is the most irresistibly joyous musical-theatre make-over of a much-loved movie since Billy Elliot,” proclaimed The Independent.

 

The book for BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: The Musical is written by Gurinder Chadha and writing partner Paul Mayeda Berges, with lyrics by Charles Hart (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love), music by Classical Brit Composer of the Year winner Howard Goodall, and produced by Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, Mysterious Benedict Society, Buena Vista Social Club.) Chadha directed the West End production.

 

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM will be on stage in Toronto at The Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts from December 2, 2019 to December 24, 2019 . (Opening night: December 11). Tickets will be available from $49.95 to $299.95 beginning May 7, 2019.

For more information and tickets visit www.benditmusical.com

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: The Musical

December 7 – 24, 2019

Opening Night: Wednesday, December 11

Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E.

Single tickets range from $49.95 – $299.95

(Prices include per ticket fees.  Order/delivery fees may apply)

Tickets are available online at ticketmaster.ca, by calling 1-855-872-7669,

or in person at the following Civic Theatres Toronto box offices:

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Box Office 27 Front St. E., Monday-Friday, 12pm – 6pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts Box Office, 5040 Yonge St., Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-6pm

Ticketmaster phone lines operate 9:30am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm Sundays and holidays. On-line sales operate 24 hours per day.

 

Facebook: Bend It Like Beckham The Musical

Twitter:  @benditmusicalto

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Hashtag:  #BendItTheMusicalTO #BendItTO

 

For more information or interview requests, please contact:

Suzanne Cheriton, red eye media, 416-805-6744, suzanne@redeyemedia.ca

Jenn Perras, red eye media, 416-525-7625, jenn@redeyemedia.ca

 

ABOUT STARVOX ENTERTAINMENT

 

Founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment has ranked on Profit Magazine’s list of Canada’s top growth companies for four years running – the only live-entertainment company ever to place on the list.

 

Mr. Ross was a producer on the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and produces an annual tour of Evil Dead – The Musical to record-breaking sales in Canada and the United States. Since 2012, Starvox produces the touring west-end hit show Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience.  Starvox is the producer of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical and Faulty Towers Live! The Dining Experience in Toronto.

 

In 2015, Starvox produced a national tour of a new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring David Arquette. In Toronto, Starvox launched the Canadian premiere of Dee Snider’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Tale, amongst other productions. Starvox has presented two productions written and directed by Woody Harrelson, presented John Malkovich in Giacomo Variations, and produced nationally-broadcast concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation featuring Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox and Harry Belafonte, among others. Starvox recently produced the multi-million-dollar reboot of the classic Las Vegas revue show Jubilee for Caesars Entertainment, with pop mega-star Beyonce’s creative team at the helm.

 

In 2018 Starvox produced the Wow Variety Spectacular for Caesars Entertainment’s Rio Casino, a second production of Wow has recently opened at Caesars’s Palace Dubai.  They also recently premiered Big Bang Theory actor John Ross Bowie’s Four Chords and a Gun – a play about the Ramones – in Toronto and it is now moving to Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. In addition, Starvox’s exhibition division produced the Art of Banksy in Toronto and Miami.

 

ABOUT BEND IT FILMS

 

Gurinder Chadha established Bend It Films in 2001 to create diverse films for mainstream, International audiences.

 

A director, writer, and producer, Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most proven and respected filmmakers whose award-winning films have earned over $300 million at the international box office. The British Film Institute’s recent filmography study on British Cinema history named Chadha as the U.K’s most prolific female director working today.

 

She began her career as a broadcast journalist for BBC News and moved into directing with her first documentary I’M BRITISH BUT…. for Channel 4 and the BFI in 1989 and subsequently made several award-winning documentaries for BFI, BBC and Channel 4.

 

Her first feature, the landmark comedy-drama BHAJI ON THE BEACH, received a BAFTA Nomination for ‘Best British Film’ and the Evening Standard British Film Award for ‘Best Newcomer to British Cinema’.  Chadha’s next feature, WHAT’S COOKING?, was the Opening Night Film of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was the first British script to be invited to the Sundance Institute’s Writer’s Lab.  The film was voted joint Audience Award winner in the New York Film Critics’ 2000 season (tied with BILLY ELLIOTT).

 

Her next film, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, was the highest grossing British-financed, British-distributed film ever at the UK box office (at time of release) and topped box office charts internationally. The film received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), a BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film, a European Film Academy Nomination for Best Film, and a Writers Guild of America Nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

 

Other hit films include BRIDE & PREJUDICE – the first film ever to open at Number One in the UK and India on the same day – ANGUS, THONGS AND PERFECT SNOGGING, released worldwide by Paramount Pictures in 2008/2009, IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE  which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before releasing internationally in 2010 and VICEROY’S HOUSE, which had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017 to critical acclaim and box-office success.

 

Her most recent film, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, is inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. It opened to rapturous reviews and broke sales records at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be released worldwide by Warner Brothers in August 2019.

   

Chadha also recently created BEECHAM HOUSE, an epic, returning drama series set in India in 1795 for ITV and Masterpiece/PBS. The 6-part series will premiere in the UK in June 2019 and in North America late 2019 / early 2020.

 

ABOUT KINTOP PICTURES

 

Founded in 1996 by Deepak Nayar, it started with David Lynch’s highly acclaimed LOST HIGHWAY, followed by THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL, (starring Mel Gibson). His collaboration with Wim Wenders earned an Oscar® nomination for THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB and a Grammy nomination with Willie Nelson for the music video TEATRO

 

The indie break-out BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, earned both Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations. Further collaboration with Gurinder Chadha, were the cross-cultural box office hit BRIDE AND PREJUDICE, MISTRESS OF SPICES, and, in 2017 THE VICEROY’S HOUSE.

 

Working with first-time filmmakers Kintop produced CITY OF GHOSTS (starring Matt Dillon, James Caan) HARELM ARIA (starring Damon Wayans), FOSTER (starring Toni Collette), SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS (starring Mandy Moore), TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (staring Alan Tudyk), which won SXSW’s Audience Award.

 

Under partnership with Reliance was PARANOIA (starring Gary Oldman & Harrison Ford), VAMIPRE ACADEMY (starring Zoey Deutsch) and with MPC it was HAMPSTEAD (starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson) TELL IT TO BEES (starring Anna Paquin) and THE CORRUPTED (starring Sam Clalfin)

 

With Riverstone Pictures, produced projects are GENIUS (starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman), FINAL PORTRAIT (starring Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush), MARK FELT (starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane), WIND RIVER (starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen), THE BEACH BUM (starring Matthew McConaughey), AT ETERNITY’S GATE, (starring Willem Dafoe), and REPLICAS (starring Keanu Reeves).

 

T.V. projects TINA’S MOUTH, THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, and BEHIND THE CURTAIN are being produced under partnership with Sonar Entertainment.

 

ABOUT TO LIVE

 

TO Live is one of the Canada’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events in both downtown and uptown Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (soon to be renamed Meridian Hall), the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts (soon to be the renamed the Meridian Arts Centre). With two hubs of creativity and content creation in both downtown and uptown Toronto, TO Live has a unique place and perspective in Toronto. The mission of TO Live is to activate creative spaces by inspiring local and international artists, connect audiences and to be the nexus for new ideas, elevate artistic potential, and be the catalyst for creative expression that is reflective of Toronto’s diversity.

 

                                       

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