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W/E and Broadway star Ramin Karimloo to headline three intimate London concerts with Seth Rudetsky

Ramin Karimloo

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INTERNATIONAL theatre star Ramin Karimloo is returning to London for Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre concert series. The three intimate performances, with Rudetsky as pianist and host, will take place on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Karimloo is best known for his Olivier nominated performance in Love Never Dies and The Phantom of The Opera in the West End and the Broadway revival of Les Miserables (as Valjean) for which he received a Tony nomination.

In 2016, Seth Rudetsky starred in a charity gala of his Broadway musical Disaster! at Charing Cross Theatre.

Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre began in 2013 with Patti LuPone, then featured Audra McDonald in 2017 and most recently, John Barrowman this April.

What differentiates this concert series from any other perhaps, is the seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway’s biggest stars – prompted by Rudetsky’s probing, funny, revealing questions – and their stellar singing of musical theatre repertoire. This is a spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs that is not to be missed.

Called “a global actor for a global time” by The New York Times, Iranian-born, Canadian-raised Tony and Olivier Award-nominated actor and singer Ramin Karimloo has taken the West End and Broadway by storm with stand-out performances in the most iconic roles in musical theatre, as well as nuanced characterisations in new and surprising pieces of theatre.

He recently starred on Broadway in the smash-hit new musical Anastasia, originating the role of Gleb Vaganov, a new character written for the stage adaptation and tailored to his talents. In the West End, Karimloo rose to fame in starring roles in both of the West End’s longest running musicals: Les Misérables, in which he’s played Jean Valjean, Enjolras and Marius; and The Phantom of the Opera, in which he played Raoul and became the youngest person ever to play The Phantom.

Ramin was then hand-picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to originate the lead role of The Phantom in Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. For his performance, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and awarded with the prestigious Theatregoer’s Choice Award and the Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Additional awards include: Favourite Leading Man in London’s West End in the WhatsOnStage Awards, West End Theatregoers Choice Award for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and the Best Actor in a Musical WhatsOnStage Award in 2011 for his performance as The Phantom in Love Never Dies.

Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky is a self-confessed walking talking Broadway search engine who lives and breathes The Great White Way! A musician, stand-up comic, actor, writer, and radio host, his career includes performing on Broadway, writing three books, penning a weekly Playbill.com column, and playing piano in more than a dozen hit musicals, including Ragtime, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Best known to US audiences as the daily Broadway host of Sirius/XM radio, he has also been nominated for a Grammy Award – for his recording of the musical Hair – and was three times nominated for an Emmy Award – for his writing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show – as well as winning the title “Funniest Gay Male in New York” for his stand-up comedy.

Tickets: £26.25 – £66.25. A £101.25 ticket includes a Meet & Greet, which will last for 30 minutes on stage directly following the performance and include a photo-op with a professional photographer. Please note that no autographs will be possible due to time constraints. To book, call the box office on 020 7734 2222 or visit leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/.

Times: Friday, October 5 at at 9.30pm and Saturday, October 6 at 3pm and 9.30pm.