Saturday, April 05, 2008

Tucson: Fox Tucson Theatre's benefit "Bollywood at the Fox"

From: Charity LaPonsie []
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 4:13 PM



The Fox Tucson Theatre is happy to bring Bollywood at the Fox back for a third year!  The April 19th event showcases the magic of India and the romance of Bollywood, while helping revitalize one of Tucson's finest treasures, the Fox Theatre.

What is Bollywood?  Bollywood is the name given to the Hindi-language film industry in India.  The term Bollywood was created by morphing two words: Bombay (the former name for the city Mumbai, which is the movie capital of India) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry

Bollywood at the Fox raises awareness and funds for the theatre while giving you a glimpse of India.  “The evening entices you to be swept away to a distant land.  It awakens your senses and lets you experience the magic and mystery of INDIA,” said Neelam Sethi, committee chair of Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation.  “It promotes understanding and tolerance of things different.”     

Bollywood at the Fox festivities will include a Mela (Indian street fair), music, dancing, henna, food, beverages, desserts, and a showing of one of the most successful Bollywood films ever, the 2001 Bollywood film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness).  The Bollywood film was the highest grossing Indian film overseas until its record was broken in 2006.

Funds raised at the Bollywood event will support Fox Tucson Theatre’s programming throughout the 2008 season, which includes the La Scala Opera Series, classic film screenings, and children’s events.  Last year the 600 guests at Bollywood at the Fox raised over $40,000 for programming at the Fox.  “The Fox Theatre is something I feel we must preserve,” said Sethi.  “Its beauty and historical significance can be an anchor for our downtown.  It is our link to the past and something we must preserve for our future generations.  The Fox is a legacy that is a part of our Tucson history.”

So far, this year’s major sponsors for Bollywood at the Fox include Tucson Medical Center, University Medical Center.

Bollywood at the Fox will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 5 PM; tickets for this Fox Tucson Theatre’s benefit are $50 and $100. The VIP loge seats ($250) are sold out.  For more information or for reservations, please call the box office at (520) 547.3040 or visit our website at


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