Monday, 1 June 2015

Ramin Karimloo to star in The Prince of Broadway

West End and Broadway actor Ramin Karimloo is set to star in The Prince of Broadway in Japan. 

Celebrating the career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Hal Prince, the musical open on 23rd October 2015 at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo before transferring to the Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka from 28th November 2015. 

The production will be helmed by Prince himself with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.

Karimloo is currently playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, a role he has also played in the West End and in Toronto. He has also starred as The Phantom in both Love Never Dies (Adelphi) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's/Royal Albert Hall).

The Prince of Broadway pays tribute to Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to him creating some of the most beloved theatre of all time, including West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Company.

The production has book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, wig design by Paul Huntley, musical supervision and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and musical direction by Fred Lassen. The cast also includes Shuler Hensley, Nancy Opel, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Reon Yuzuki. 

The Prince of Broadway was previously supposed to open on Broadway in 2012 starring Sierra Boggess, with Stroman helming the musical alongside Prince but the plans fell through. It is unknown whether producers are still hoping to open the musical on Broadway.

Karimloo plays his final performance in Les Miserables on Broadway on 30th August before Alfie Boe takes over on 1st September.

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