British actress and singer Preeya Kalidas is no stranger to the West End stage. The former Eastender whose other credits also includes film Four Lions, BBC Bodies, Britz,Mistresses, started her career as creating the lead in original production of hit Andrew Lloyd Webber / AR Rahman musical ‘Bombay Dreams’, will soon be starring in the West End’s newest addition, ‘Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical’.
Having starred in the original film, Preeya is the only returning cast member for the musical adaptation of Gurinder Chadha’s BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. Having originally played ‘Monica’ in the film, Preeya returns to the musical as marriage obsessed, sister of Jess , ‘Pinky’.
Speaking of the new musical, Preeya says: “I was excited to be in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ the film as I knew what a special project it was going to be, so I am delighted to be working with Gurinder and her team again on the musical which is set to make you cry, laugh and dance with fantastic music from some of the industry’s leading figures”
‘Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical’ will be written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also made the 2002 movie starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. The musical will be produced by multi Oliver award winning Sonia Friedman Productions.
The musical will retell the story of teenager ‘Jess’, a Punjabi Sikh who loves football but is forbidden to play by her parents.
Chadha has written the script for the show with Paul Mayeda Berges, who also worked on the film.
“Developing Bend It Like Beckham for the stage has been the most enjoyable creative process of my career so far,” Chadha said.
“It was always my intention to build on the film and to present its themes and storylines to live audiences in an exciting new dynamic way. I believe we are presenting a totally new kind of musical – part West End, part London Punjabi, but whole-heartedly British.”