Fresh from his recent success on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2015 for Best Actor in Les Misérables, Ramin Karimloo returns to the West End to play the lead role of Tom in ‘Murder Ballad’ opposite Kerry Ellis. Considered by many to be the biggest Musical Theatre star of his generation, Ramin said of ‘Murder Ballad’: *insert quote here* This will be the first performance in London for Ramin since his triumphant return to Les Misérables in 2011, following his hugely celebrated run as the Phantom in the sequel ‘Love Never Dies’, for which he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
“I saw Murder Ballad in NYC and thought it was an incredible show. Really passionate and gritty. When I heard it was to get its West End premier with Sam Yates directing I knew I wanted to be part of it. Really excited to be working with this cast and being back in the UK for it.” – Ramin Karimloo
Norman Bowman has been delighting West End audiences for years, with highly acclaimed performances in ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Mack & Mabel’, ‘Finding Neverland’ and many more. Norman will play the role of Michael opposite Kerry and Victoria Hamilton – Barritt. All four cast members will perform at West End Live on Sunday 19th June in Trafalgar Square.
Directed by Sam Yates, the UK Premier of ‘Murder Ballad’ opens at The Arts Theatre on Sep 29th. Sam’s recent London productions include ‘Cymbeline’ at The Globe and ‘East is East’ at Trafalgar Studios. The show will be designed by Richard Kent, who recently worked with Sam on ‘Cymbeline’. Lighting Designer David Plater has worked extensively in both the West End and on Broadway, earning an Oliver & Tony Award nomination for Bring UpThe Bodies (Winter Gardens Broadway / Aldwych, West End).
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?
Fresh from making a critically acclaimed killing off-Broadway, Murder Ballad is a razor-sharp tale of modern relationships, abandoned dreams and treachery in the big city. Written by the award-winning Julia Jordan with music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Juliana Nash, this is a boldly brilliant and explosive new musical that’s set to be London’s hottest new sensation.