Upcoming Tours: London, 13th June to 2nd July 2017 Talking of the humour, the dialogues had the audience in splits- Parveen Chopra, The South Asian Times In true musical revue style, the show was configured as a set of dance numbers punctuated by some clever dialogues- Steve Siegel, The Morning Call Old and new were constantly juxtaposed and melded together. In one scene a serene classical Indian dance evoked Saraswati, the ancient goddess of music. That was immediately followed by the entire troupe in a hi-powered rendition complete with break dancing.-Steve Siegel, The Morning Call An exhilarating street fight scene that could have come right out of “West Side Story,” -Steve Siegel, The Morning Call “Taj Express” is the first Bollywood show to supplement a high-powered, mostly electronic soundtrack with live musicians. A truly talented trio of percussion, flute, and electric guitar added an entirely unique dimension to what was already an extravagant production. -Steve Siegel, The Morning Call The "Taj Express" show is a personification of the Indian film industry in the best of its manifestation - Indian.ruvr.ru If you can visit only one show - go on "Taj Express". The love a la Bollywood is precisely provided to you - Marie France, dontourism.ru A real mix of Broadway spiced to perfection, kitsch and exoticism - Samantha Ben-Rehouma, kapitalis.com A rainbow of colors, costumes and gestures that thrills the viewer and makes him want to go exploring these exotic lands - Hechmi Khalladi, letemps.com

 
Taj Express

All Aboard The Taj Express

The Internationally acclaimed musical is a dazzling theatrical spectacular wrapped into 120 minutes of swirling colours, sparkle, shimmer and electrifying energy, which weaves its magic to mesmerise and captivate audiences all over the world. Produced, Directed & Choreographed by The Merchants, Vaibhavi & Shruti, belonging to one of the dynastic families who have been in the Bollywood Film Industry for decades, the production is also the first Original Indian Musical to have successfully completed 5 years of International Touring.

Having several scores composed by, Oscar winning composer AR Rahman and Music Maestro's like Salim-Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma, the highly acclaimed musical lights up the stage with shimmering costumes, fast tempo hits and a Bollywood story unravelled through high energy dance routines showcasing a surge of vibrant footwork and an illustration of emotional rapture. Depicted by a terrific Dance company from the Bollywood Film Industry, that brings the true vivacity and the enchantment of India to life. The musical showcases the artistry of Indian Classical dance fused with modern Contemporary dance genres performed by a Cast whose energy is electrifying and dance moves suffused with a rush of joy and yet ruthlessly precise.



Cast


Crew


Production / Managment Crew
  • Choreographer: Shruti Merchant & Rajitdev Easwardas
  • Writer: Tarun Travancore
  • Lighting Director: Miguel Angel Fernandez
  • Sound Director: Alessio Comuzzi
  • Remixes: Abhijit Vaghani
  • Head of Wardrobe: Mohammed Yusuf Shaikh
 
  • Make-up Artist: Dinesh Suvarna Koraga
  • Casting Director: Vicky Sidana
  • Publicity Design: Priyanka Doshi (www.oysterdesign.net)

Raj Pakora
Raj Pakora

A Bollywood Film Director tyrannical, heartless, obsessed with his own fame, reputation and bank balance. Also known as the King of Romance, he makes films that are copies of Hollywood films and films that follow very strict guidelines.

Showbizz Khan
Showbizz Khan

A Bollywood Superstar with great dancing skills. With a string of Bollywood hits, every young man dreams to be like Showbiz, every young woman wants to be with Showbiz, but he has never found true love.

Varsha Singh
Varsha Singh

A Hard Working Ambitious Journalist travels to film city Bollywood to write an article on the greatest love story ever told. Her life is one of making deadlines drinking coffee rising early sleeping late. There is no time or space in her life for love. Until she meets her handsome stranger and her life changes forever and her adventure begins.

Shakaal
Shakaal

A Cut Throat Criminal - once the servant of the Maharajah of Ranthambore but accused of the theft of the sacred ring, he escapes to Mumbai, where fifteen years later, he has become a gang-lord. To launder his dirty money, he funds the films made by Raj Pakora.

Shakaal
Arjun

A young boy with dreams of becoming a Bollywood Superstar. His background is a secret no one knows about, his past a secret he never tells.

Shruti Marchant
Shruti Merchant - Producer & Director

Prior to directing Taj Express, Shruti Merchant has toured with travelling musicals for over five years as an associate/touring choreographer. She has performed in countries like Australia, UK, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, France, Singapore and the United States to name a few, and it is during this time that she experienced the global theatre scene first-hand. Shruti has also assisted in the choreography direction of various Bollywood blockbusters and with Taj Express, she has created a path-breaking song, dance and drama extravaganza that will entertain and enthral audiences of all ages, world-over.

Shruti hopes to have Taj Express tour to every big and small city around the world - to give audiences a true flavor of India.

Vaibhavi Marchant
Vaibhavi Merchant - Director of Choreography

Vaibhavi Merchant is one of Bollywood's leading dance choreographers. The grand daughter of pioneering choreographer Shri B Hiralal, Vaibhavi's journey with dance began at an early age. During her career, Vaibhavi has choreographed dance numbers in numerous hit Bollywood films. She has been awarded a National Film Award for her choreography in 'Dhol Baaje' from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Vaibhavi was also the choreography director for The Merchants of Bollywood, which has been touring globally for the past six-and-a-half years.

With Taj Express, Vaibhavi has worked towards bringing the magic of the story on stage through the expression and grace of various dance forms.

www.vaibhavimerchant.com

Pranav Merchant
Pranav Merchant - Executive Producer

Pranav Merchant is the Director / Senior Vice President of Shreepati Group and has spent his life building businesses in varied industries including Real Estate, Entertainment etc. and guiding them to profitability. His passion for the International Musical Business brings Pranav on board the Taj Express, where he hopes to introduce audiences in India and abroad to the true essence of India while creating a global platform to showcase Indian talent. As the Executive Producer, Pranav has been dedicated to getting some of the Indian entertainment industry's most gifted talents involved in the Taj Express.

Pranav's vision for Taj Express is to have shown in every country around the world – and to evolve the show into Seasons that will have audiences hungry for more every time Taj Express is 'back in town'.

Salim & Sulaiman
Salim & Sulaiman - Music Directors

Salim and Sulaiman are a renowned Indian music composer duo credited with a host of chart-topping hits. In the past decade the duo have composed music for blockbuster Bollywood flicks such as Chak De India, Fashion, Neal 'n' Nikki and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, to name a few.

With the title track of the Taj Express which was composed exclusively for the show, Salim and Sulaiman have created a score that features traditional Indian sounds while maintaining a global flavour.

Monty Sharama
Monty Sharama - Background Score & Music

Monty Sharma is a veteran of the Indian film fraternity and has composed background scores for numerous Bollywood hits. Over the years, Monty has been the recipient of several awards from the International Indian Film Academy and Filmfare.

While working on the Taj Express, Monty was inspired by the sensitivity of the script which creates a soulful context to the musical's vibrant song and dance numbers. He kept this delicate balance in mind while composing the background score. Monty has also composed the soulful and sensuous number - 'The Garden of Love' exclusively for the Taj Express.

Bipin Tanna
Bipin Tanna - Costume Designer

Taj Express is Bipin's second experience with a musical on Stage in addition to various TV shows and Bollywood movies.

Designing costumes for the show was an extensive and intriguing project for him which resulted in over 300 costumes and more than 500 accessories featuring exquisite details, colours, glamour and bling. One of the goals of the show is to put Indian textiles on the international map and the Taj Express is as much a journey through the vast array of Indian textiles as it is through India.

Marai Tharakan
Maria Tharakan - Costume Designer

Having worked as a Stylist in the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) for the past 3 years on various films, including award winning movies like Band Baaja Baaraat and The Dirty Picture (National Award for costumes), moving to the world of theatre was an exciting new experience. It was fascinating to create costumes for stage that are extravagant and at the same time, brought alive by each character.

Through the costumes, I wanted to capture the beautiful interplay between the storyline and the music to bring out the essence of the journey that the characters take on board the 'Taj Express', portraying a kaleidoscope of the very diverse Indian culture.

Craig Bruce
Craig Bruce - Sound Designer

Having been working with us since our Taj Express world premiere in Singapore, way back in June 2012, now also taking care of our other shows Craig is excited to be working on such a diverse set of shows.
Coming from a background of international live concert touring, there is not a place he has not worked at, often he can be in the most remote locations at the drop of a hat, and this makes him well versed in what’s required to deliver the high energy sound reinforcement this show requires.
His company Think Audio Productions Ltd based in the UK designed our show control system, working closely with our Creative Manager/Chief Assistant Director Ankush Dhawan since our very first performance. Together they have created a system that enables us to bring a taste of India to anywhere in the world.
Craig is modest about his work; here are a few examples of his past and present projects - London 2012 Olympic Games, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. UK Festivals- Glastonbury, Download, V, T in the Park. International tours with, We Will Rock You "The Queen Musical", Il Divo, Elbow, Foals, Andrea Bocelli, Hurts, Nitro Circus, Crosby Stills & Nash, Celtic Thunder.

He also runs his own company which provides technical services & staff to the live events industry.

On a personal note Craig is currently following his passion of flying, training to gain his helicopter pilot license, Where does he find the time!!

Ankush Dhawan
Ankush Dhawan - Creative Manager / Chief Assistant Director

With past stints as Assistant Director, Creative Producer, Underwater Cinematographer and Associate Producer for various Television, Reality and Live shows, it was natural for Ankush to work for an International Musical like Taj Express.

His various stints with leading adventure, lifestyle and sports channels like National Geographic Channel, World Sports Group etc., for which he travelled extensively, have helped Ankush in meeting the rigorous demands of the touring Taj Express.

Being a part of Taj Express since its inception and setting up the production work from ground zero, Ankush Dhawan dreams what Taj Express dreams, making it big, making it large, making it famous.

Stephan Alcaraz
Stephan Alcaraz Salinas - Production Manager / Technical Director

Being raised in the boards of stage, with both parents' as artists, Stephan decided to shape his own destiny, taking the world as a destination, through all the continents and cultures.

Years later after venturing throughout the world, he decided to return to his origin - Theater. He started working as a Stage Manager on several World Tours and host to some of the best shows as a Local Production Manager such as Ballet Rafael Aguilar, Stomp, Slava Snow Show, Walt Disney On Ice, Arturo Brachetti, Estopa, Canto Del Loco, West side Story (German Production), Soweto Gospel, Harlem Gospel among several others.

Years later decided to join his two passions and ventured on to be the Managing Director of UNIART, heading it from its head office in Beijing for three years.

That's how his relationship with TAJ EXPRESS began, taking us to a journey of no boundaries.

Shahbaz Khan
Shahbaz Khan - Company Manager / Financial Controller

Stepping into Bollywood at an early age Shahbaz learnt the nuances of Bollywood working as a Production Assistant, Production Head and eventually a Production Controller for various Feature Films, TVC's and Music Videos for Production companies such as Highlight Films, The Walt Disney Company India etc. With Production being his main criteria of interest, he strives towards being "Production Perfect" and keeping the Production team a cohesive unit.

"Working on an International Musical such as Taj Express requires a completely different skill set which is a challenge I love to embrace and perfect".

Aruna Poojary
Aruna Nitin Poojary - Stage Manager

The world of stage and theatre has always been very attractive and inspiring to Aruna. Being trained in Bharatnatyam from an early age, dancing has always been a passion, and stepping into Bollywood turned her passion into her profession. Being a performing artist and touring the world with a leading Bollywood Musical, it was time for her to take the next leap, and that is when Taj Express came along.

Working as a Stage Manager on Taj Express has been a dream come true for Aruna. As Stage Manager of this magical musical she promises to never disappoint the shows audience and leave them wanting for more.

Nitin Poojary
Nitin Poojary - Head Mechanist

Having trained in gymnastics, jazz and contemporary dancing, a career in Bollywood was a dream come true for Nitin. He has also worked as an assistant choreographer with Ms. Vaibhavi Merchant. Having been travelling around the world as a performing artist in a leading Bollywood Musical helped him gain a new perspective to Theatrical Musicals. He got to learn and experience the technical aspects of Stage with Taj express.

"Working as a Head Mechanist in Taj express has been fun and challenging at the same time and looks forward to catering the show to audiences all around the world."

Tours

London
2017
DateTime
Venue


13th June 20177.30 pm


14th June 20177.30 pm


15th June 20177.30 pm


16th June 20177.30 pm


17th June 20172.30 pm & 7.30 pm


18th June 20172.00 pm & 6.00 pm


20th June 20177.30 pm


21st June 20177.30 pm


22nd June 20177.30 pm


23rd June 20177.30 pm


24th June 20172.30 pm & 7.30 pm


25th June 20172.00 pm & 6.00 pm


27th June 20177.30pm


28th June 20177.30pm


29th June 20177.30pm


30th June 20177.30pm


1st July 20172.30 pm & 7.30 pm


2nd July 20172.00 pm & 6.00 pm


 
USA
2017
DateCity/State
Venue


02-02-17Schnectady,NY


03-02-17Greenvale,NY


04-02-17Bronx,NY


07-02-17Morristown,NJ


09-02-17Storrs,CT


10-02-17Bethlehem,PA


11-02-17Stony Brook,NY


12-02-17Rochester,NY


14-02-17Indiana,PA


15-02-17Pittsburgh,PA


16-02-17Wilmington,DE
Grand Opera House


17-02-17Newport News,VA
Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall


18-02-17Fairfax,VA


19-02-17Fairfax,VA


21-02-17Wilmington,NC
Kenan Auditorium


22-02-17Cullowhee,NC


23-02-17Charleston,SC


24-02-17Blacksburg,VA


25-02-17Charleston,WV


28-02-17Jacksonville,FL
Times Union Center- Moran theater


01-03-17 West Palm Beach,FL


02-03-17 The Villages,FL


03-03-17 Tampa,FL


04-03-17 Tampa,FL


05-03-17Cutler Bay,FL
South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts


07-03-17 Saratosa,FL


09-03-17 Talahassee,FL
Tucker Civic Center


11-03-17 Columbus,GA


12-03-17Greenville,SC


14-03-17 Columbus,OH


15-03-17 Cleveland,OH


16-03-17 Detroit,MI


18-03-17Milwaukee,WI
Pabst Theate


19-03-17Springfield,IL


21-03-17 Munice,IN


22-03-17 West Lafayette,IN
Elliot Hall of Music


23-03-17 Fairfield,IA


24-03-17 Minneapolis,NE


25-03-17 Minneapolis,NE


26-03-17 Omaha,NE


29-03-17Hays,KS
Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center


31-03-17 St. Louis,MO


01-04-17 St. Louis,MO


01-04-17 St. Louis,MO


02-04-17Germantown,TN


04-04-17Fayetteville,AR


05-04-17 Weatherford,OK


07-04-17 Boerne,TX


08-04-17 Houston,TX


09-04-17Richardson,TX
Margaret & AL Hill Performance Hall


11-04-17 Alamgordo,NM
Flickinger Center


12-04-17Santa Fe,NM


14-04-17 Albuquerque,NM


15-04-17 Mesa,AZ


17-04-17 Tucson,AZ


18-04-17 Palm Desert,CA


19-04-17 Northridge,CA


21-04-17 Costa Mesa,CA


22-04-17 Costa Mesa,CA


23-04-17 Poway,CA


24-04-17 Las Vegas,NV
Reynolds Hall


 
TURKEY
2016
DateCity
Venue


17-05-16Antalya
Hashim Iscan Cultural Center


18-05-16Antalya
Hashim Iscan Cultural Center




 
JORDAN
2016
DateCity
Venue


04-03-2016AMMAN
THE CULTURAL PALACE


05-03-2016AMMAN
THE CULTURAL PALACE


 
TURKEY
2015
DateCity
Venue


17-05-15Antalya
Hashim Iscan Cultural Center


18-05-15Antalya
Hashim Iscan Cultural Center


 
FRANCE
2014
DateCity
Venue


22nd Nov 2014Sanary Sur Mer
Theatre Galli


23rd Nov 2014Cannes
Palis des Festivals


25th Nov 2014Bourg en Bresse
Ekinox


26th Nov 2014Clermont- Ferrand
Zenith d'Auvergne


27th Nov 2014Paris
Palais des Congres


28th Nov 2014Paris
Palais des Congres


29th Nov 2014Paris
Palais des Congres


30th Nov 2014Paris
Palais des Congres


2nd Dec 2014Le Grand Motte
Pasino


3rd Dec 2014Roanne
Le Scarabee


4th Dec 2014Lyon
Auditorium 3000


5th Dec 2014Chalons en Champagne
Le Capitole


6th Dec 2014Longjumeau
Le Theatre


9th Dec 2014Lille
Casino Barriere


10th Dec 2014Bruxelles
Forest National


11th Dec 2014Margny Les Compiegne
Le Tigre


12th Dec 2014Yerres
Le Theatre


13th Dec 2014 La Rochelle
Parc Expo


14th Dec 2014Toulouse
Casino


 
RUSSIA
2014
DateCity
Venue


18th October 2014Krasnoyarsk
Grand hall "Sibir"


19th October 2014Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk Philarmonic


20th October 2014Barnaul
Drama Theatre


21st October 2014Tomsk
Tomsk Philarmonic


22nd October 2014Omsk
Concert hall "Noviy"


23rd October 2014Tyumen
Tyumen' Philarmonic


28th October 2014St.Petersburg
Concert Hall "Oktyabr'sky"


29th October 2014MOSCOW
Kremlin Palace


30th October 2014Tula
 


4th November 2014Voronezh
Voronezh Concert hall


8th November 2014Nizhniy Novgorod
Opera and Ballet Theatre


12th November 2014Chelyabinsk
DK Zheleznodorozhnikov


13th November 2014Yekaterinburg
Cosmos hall


15th November 2014Izhevsk
DK Mettalurg


16th November 2014Kazan
Opera and Ballet Theatre


 
BANGKOK
2014
DateCity
Venue


11th October 2014Thailand
Thailand Cultural Center


12th October 2014Thailand
Thailand Cultural Center


 
TUNISIA
2014
DateCity
Venue


11-07-2014CARTHAGE
ROMAN THEATRE CARTHAGE


 
FRANCE
2013
DateCity
Venue


11-08-2013Angers
Centre de congrès


11-09-2013Lorient
Palais des Congrès


11-10-2013Nantes
Cité des Congrès


11-12-2013Le Mans
Palais des Congres


13-11-2013d'Enghien-les-Bains
Casino Barrière


14-11-2013Paris
Casino de Paris


15-11-2013Paris
Casino de Paris


16-11-2013Paris
Casino de Paris


17-11-2013Paris
Casino de Paris


19-11-2013Annecy
Arcadium


20-11-2013Toulon
Zénith Oméga


21-11-2013Montelimar
Palais des congrès


22-11-2013Monptellier
Zénith


23-11-2013Lyon
Cité des Congrès


24-11-2013Le Dôme
Le Dôme


26-11-2013Beziers
Zinga Zanga


27-11-2013Grenoble
Summum


28-11-2013Nice
Acropolis


29-11-2013Perpignan
PALAIS DES CONGRES


30-11-2013ALBI Scenith
Scenith


12-01-2013Biarritz
De la Gare du Midi


12-03-2013Evry
Les Arènes de l'Agora


12-04-2013Orléans
Zénith d'Orléans


12-05-2013Niort
L'ACCLAMEUR


12-06-2013Pau
Zénith


12-07-2013Andorre
Prat del roure


12-08-2013Bordeaux
Casino Théâtre Barrière


12-10-2013Toulouse
Casino Théâtre Barrière


12-11-2013Mouilleron
VENDESPACE


12-12-2013Rennes
Le liberté


13-12-2013Nevers
MCNN - salle Philippe genty


14-12-2013Boulogne Billancourt
Carré Belle-Feuille


15-12-2013Tours
Le Vinci


17-12-2013St Etienne
ZENITH SAINT-ETIENNE METROPOLE


18-12-2013Strasbourg
SALLE ERASME


19-12-2013Nancy
Zénith de Nancy


20-12-2013Dijon
Zenith


21-12-2013Roubaix
Le Colisée-Roubaix


22-12-2013Metz
Arènes de Metz


 

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Incredible India

Incredible India pledges support to Taj Express! In 2012, the Indian Government pledged their to support Taj Express on a global platform through their brand 'Incredible India'.

The tourism board will be not only lending it's name to the show to catapult our credibility, but will also support us on various international efforts while the show tours globally

Quintessence Entertainment Productions 110/111 , Crescent Mansion, Ground Floor,
Gamdevi Lane, Near Gamdevi Telephone Exchange
Nana Chowk, Grant Road (West) Mumbai - 400007.

Tel : +91 22 2389 3503 / 2389 6782
Email : info@quintessence.co.in