Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo will join Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for the West End opening of Murder Ballad in September.
West End Live attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the London production of the Off-Broadway hit last Sunday.
The first independent production in the West End from Soundcheck Productions, Murder Ballad will play the Arts Theatre from 29 September until 3 December.
Conceived by award-winning playwright Julia Jordan, with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash, Murder Ballad debuted Off-Broadway in 2013.
The UK production will be directed by Sam Yates with a creative team that also includes designer Richard Kent and lighting designer David Plater.
West End favourite Ellis (We Will Rock You, Wicked) will play the central role of Sara, a young New Yorker torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her dependable husband.
Leading man Karimloo is the award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer who originated the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies.
He returns to the UK fresh from success on Broadway where he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Les Misérables. He is also due to play a special one-night concert at the London Palladium next month.
Commenting on his casting in Murder Ballad, Karimloo said: “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 premiere with Sam Yates directing, I knew I wanted to be part of it. I am really excited to be working with this cast and being back in the UK for it.”
Tickets for Murder Ballad are available HERE.