West End Star brings his Broadgrass Band!...
Ramin Karimloo at The Apex
West End Star brings his Broadgrass Band!
One of the world’s most accomplished stars of the West End and Broadway Stage, Ramin Karimloo will return to Bury St Edmunds with his acclaimed Broadgrass Band. Ramin’s unique style of revisiting celebrated songs from musical theatre in a sublime folk style has won him an army of fans around the world.
Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin is best known for playing leading roles in some of the West End’s best-loved musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera (he was the youngest actor to play The Phantom), Les Misérables and Murder Ballad (opposite Kerry Ellis). Ramin was hand-picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to portray the lead role in his sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, a role that won him the prestigious Theatregoer’s Choice Award and the Broadwayworld.com award for Best Actor in a musical. He also won the Best Actor category for the prestigious Viewers' Choice Theatre Awards at Whatsonstage.com in 2011, as well as being nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
He made his Broadway debut in 2014 as Valjean in Les Misérables, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He has also appeared in The Secret Garden, Anastasia, Chess and Evita.
Ramin released a self-titled debut album in 2012, explaining; “I have a huge love for country and bluegrass, I love rock ’n’ roll, and I love what I’m doing in musical theatre, so the key was how to balance and blend them all.” He continues, “I didn’t want to be just a theatre star putting out an album. I wanted to have lived the songs. I wanted an album that was like a diary.”
Citing influences as diverse as The Tragically Hip, Johnny Cash, Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers, a typical musical theatre album was never a possibility. “I wanted to marry the sounds of rock and country with things that people already know me for. We have organically developed a unique, rootsy sound called ‘broadgrass’, which we are all very excited about. Ramin’s album includes his own compositions and covers of Bryan Adams and Muse songs, as well as his own take on ‘Music of the Night’ from The Phantom of the Opera and 'Til I Hear You Sing’ from Love Never Dies.
In 2014, he released the EP ‘The Road to Find Out: East’, which included the tracks ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Morning’ from Oklahoma! and ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from Les Misérables, as well as original material.
In 2016, Ramin’s second EP, The Road to Find Out: South included his own original songs, plus ‘Edelweiss’ from the musical The Sound of Music and ‘Old Man River’ from Showboat.
Ramin, who also plays the banjo and guitar, will perform with his band at The Apex on Sunday 29 January at 7.30pm. He said “each show will be unique; with the passionate drama of musical theatre, original songs and covers that mean something to us, it’s an eclectic show. It will be a show like you’ve never seen or heard - a hootenanny - and a great night for everyone.”
Tickets are £28.50, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website - www.theapex.co.uk for details.