Ramin Karimloo's HOUDINI Musical Aiming for West End Run in 2012
According to Whatsonstage, theatre star Ramin Karimloo, who will soon star as Val Jean in the West End production of LES MISERABLES, will produce and lead "Houdini, the Musical," which is aiming for a West End run at the end of 2012.
The show was written by Karimloo's fellow LES MISERABLES cast member Hadley Fraser, and will include magic consultation from Jamie Allan and music by Simon Wheeler. A West End venue for the show has not yet been announced.
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Harry Houdini, one of the world's most famous and stupefying escape artists, was known to constantly up the ante. Throughout his career, the magician seemed capable of outwitting any restraint or obstacle - from handcuffs to jail cells to underwater traps and underground caves to thick walls. The only exception was his inability to satisfy his driving, obsessive quest to challenge the limitations of being human. HOUDINI, An Original Musical ultimately deals with the human yearning for astonishment and miracles-both manmade and supernatural-and the quest to defy death.
Karimloo is one of the notable actors to play both the roles of Raoul and the Phantom in the West End's production of The Phantom of the Opera. He also originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, which continues the story of The Phantom of the Opera.
Additional stage credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Jesus Christ Superstar.