Stage mu­sic leg­end on a hit-run visit

Karim­loo joins Aussie so­prano for one-night-only concert at The Star

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PEY­TON HUTCHINS AND SUZANNE SIMONOT

IF you think you see one of the world’s big­gest mu­sic the­atre stars fly past you on a Har­ley Davidson mo­tor­cy­cle to­day, your eye­sight isn’t fail­ing.

There’s a good chance that buff bloke in the leather jacket is Broad­way and West End stage mu­si­cal mas­ter Ramin Karim­loo, who will per­form his first ever Australian concert in The Star Gold Coast’s the­atre on to­mor­row night.

A Tony Award nom­i­nee, Karim­loo has played star­ring roles in­clud­ing Jean Val­jean, En­jol­ras and Mar­ius in Les Misérables and The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.

Canada’s an­swer to our adored lead­ing man Hugh Jack­man, Karim­loo has cir­cled the globe and lived his dreams on some of the world’s great­est stages since he first saw The Phantom of the Opera

as a high school stu­dent.

He’s starred as Tom in Mur­der Bal­lad, Che in Evita at Van­cou­ver Opera, Archibald Craven in The Se­cret Gar­den

at the Lin­coln Cen­tre and Prince of Broad­way in Japan, played the role of En­jol­ras in the 25th An­niver­sary Concert of Les Misérables at Lon­don’s O2 Arena in 2010 and more re­cently, starred in Anas­ta­sia on Broad­way to high ac­claim.

Karim­loo was fa­mously hand-picked by Sir An­drew Lloyd Webber to por­tray the ti­tle role in his se­quel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies.

“He’s a gen­tle­man, very in­tel­li­gent and has a great sense of hu­mour,” he said of Lloyd Webber.

“He can be col­lab­o­ra­tive as well and brings you into the process – an ex­pe­ri­ence I got to know very well dur­ing Love Never Dies.”

Karim­loo has teamed up with the lead­ing lady of the Australian pro­duc­tion of Love Never Dies star, home­grown so­prano Anna O’Byrne – who won a Help­mann for her por­trayal of El­iza Doolit­tle in My Fair Lady, di­rected by Julie An­drews – for an ex­clu­sive three-nights-only concert

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