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Ramin Karimloo joins Kerry Ellis, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Norman Bowman in UK premiere
It has been announced that West End leading man Ramin Karimloo will join the cast of Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre, joining the previously announced Kerry Ellis, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Norman Bowman in the UK premiere of the off-Broadway hit musical.
The production will run at the Arts Theatre in central London, beginning previews on 29 September 2016, with an official opening on 5 October. The show is currently booking to 29 October 2016.
Described as a "razor-sharp tale of modern relationships, abandoned dreams and treachery in the big city", the musical is written by Julia Jordan with music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Juliana Nash.
"Sara, Tom and Michael are three New Yorkers caught in a secret love triangle that could tear their lives apart. Life has not dealt any of them the cards they wanted, and Sara is stuck in the middle, torn between her downtown past and her uptown future. Is the one that got away really worth risking everything for? But in the true tradition of all great murder ballads, when songs of love-gone-wrong are sung, blood must be spilled. The question is… by whom?"
The production will be directed by Sam Yates, with design by Richard Kent, lighting design by David Plater and musical direction by Sean Green. It is produced at the Arts Theatre by Soundcheck Productions.
Ramin Karimloo has played multiple starring roles in both of the West End's longest running musicals; Jean Valjean, Enjolras and Marius in Les Misérables and the Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. He created the role of The Phantom in, Love Never Dies, for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in March 2014 for which he received a Tony Nomination. Most recently he starred in Evita at the Vancouver Opera, along with a concert production of Secret Garden at the Lincoln Center, and in the World Premiere of Prince of Broadway at the Tokyo Theatre Orb.
Norman Bowman's credits include Marius in Les Miserables (West End & UK Tour); UK tours of Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, Cats and Grease as well as Carousel for The Chichester Festival Theatre, Lady Be Good for Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Parade at The Donmar Warehouse.