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London, UK: Richmond Hill’s Ramin Karimloo will star in the new Persian-inspired musical “Rumi”

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A new musical inspired by 13th century Persian philosopher and poet is in the works, it has been announced. Eponymously titled Rumi: The Musical,the musical is created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, their latest work since Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, whose influence has transformed the lives of those usually conflicted by ethnic divisions, and has since been hailed the “most popular poet” in the United States. Rumi: The Musical will dramatise his legacy, exploring the relationship between Rumi and his mentor Shams Tabrizi. But, to form this powerful friendship, Rumi’s family are sidelined, but this personal cost allows for a global spiritual change.

Rumi: The Musical is created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman. Al Fardan said: “Writing ‘Rumi’ has been the ultimate journey in unraveling components that are socially constructed from those that form our own personal truth and consciousness.

Naaman spoke of the show’s themes too, saying: “The show’s integral themes of personal discovery, reflection and the pursuit of fulfilment have been lived and breathed worldwide due to the pandemic, and the messaging of this piece is perhaps even enhanced as a result.”

Casting includes Naaman in the title role, previously playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Iranian-Canadian Ramin Karimloo, himself a former Phantom, will play Shams Tabrizi, with Casey Al-Shaqsy as Kimya, Soophia Foroughi as Kara, Sharif Afifi as Sultan Valed, Ahmed Hamad as Aladdin, Irvine Iqbal as Husam and Alim Jayda as Sayyed.

The Rumi company is completed by Roshani Abbey, Amira Al Shanti, Eva-Theresa Chokarian, Maëva Feitelson, Sasha Ghoshal, James Hameed, Blythe Jandoo and Aliza Vakil, with the full cast comprised of performers with Middle East, North African and South Asian backgrounds.

The musical will first launch with a concept album, recorded in London and Doha and available to download later this year.


Photo: Ramin Karimloo. © 2017 Darnell Bennett.