Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ramin Karimloo to star in Anastasia on Broadway

Ramin Karimloo is returning to Broadway to star as Gleb in Anastasia. He previously played the role in the musical's 2015 workshop. 

Directed by  Darko Tresnjak, the new musical is set to open at the Broadhurst Theatre on 24th April 2017 following its world premiere in Connecticut. 

Anastasia reunites the creative team behind Ragtime. Book is by Terrence McNally with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. The cast also includes Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch.

After understudying Joe Gillis in the 2002 UK tour of Sunset Boulevard, the Iranian-Canadian performer went on to make his West End debut the same year as understudy Marius and Enjolras in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre. He then starred as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre before returning to the West End production of Les Miserables as full-time Enjolras.

Karimloo played Chris in the 2005 UK tour of Miss Saigon. He returned to the West End in 2007, this time taking on the title role in The Phantom of the Opera. He later originated the role of The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre. He starred in the 25th Anniversary concerts for Les Miserables (O2 Arena) and The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), playing Enjolras and The Phantom respectively.

Karimloo first played Jean Valjean - arguably the most challenging male role in musical theatre - in the West End production of Les Miserables. He went on to reprise his performance in Toronto and then on Broadway where he received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

After departing the Broadway production of Les Miserables, Karimloo starred in Prince Of Broadway directed by Harold Prince in Japan before playing Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Lincoln Centre) and Che in Evita (Vancouver Opera). He is about to return to the West End in the UK premiere of Murder Ballad alongside Kerry Ellis at the Arts Theatre. 

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