Tony-nominated star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is heading back to Broadway next year to take on a villainous role in the much-anticipated Anastasia.
The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer, who is about to open in Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre, is the latest addition to the cast of the big budget musical which is due to begin previewing at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York on 23 March 2017, ahead of a 24 April opening night.
Inspired the 1997 animated movie, the show – which will be directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) – has a book by Terrence McNally. The score by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens features songs they originally wrote for the Twentieth Century Fox film including the Oscar-nominated ‘Journey to the Past’.
Karimloo will take on the role of Gleb, a new character created specifically for the stage musical and a role he previously played in a workshop of the show last year. He will join the previously announced Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch, all of whom are playing the roles they played in the show’s world premiere production at Hartford Stage in Connecticut earlier this year.
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