‘Dreams,’ ‘Drac’ drop

'Bombay' closes while vamp tuner discovers mortality

HOLLYWOOD — Broadway’s New Year will start on a slimmer note.

Imported Bollywood tuner “Bombay Dreams” will close after the Jan. 1 evening perf, with “Dracula the Musical” playing its final show at the Belasco the next day.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced “Bombay Dreams” will have played 31 previews and 284 performances at the Broadway Theater when its run ends. It has music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black and book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan.

Producer Elizabeth Williams said, “We look forward to bringing the production to theatergoers around the country with a national tour that will begin during the 2005-2006 season.”

“Dracula,” which also has lyrics by Black to go with its Frank Wildhorn score and Christopher Hampton book, has seen poor ticket sales. For the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5 the gross was $256,207 out of a potential $648,149.

Unlike its U.K. version, which paid off for investors, Broadway’s “Bombay” is expected to lose most of its $14 million capitalization.

When the production of “Julius Caesar” starring Denzel Washington was announced (Daily Variety, Nov. 15), it was set to start previews March 1 at the Belasco, meaning “Dracula’s” days were numbered.

The vacancies don’t solve the problem of producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, who’s believed to be looking for an appropriately sized Broadway house for a spring transfer of Manhattan Theater Club’s Off Broadway “Doubt.”

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