Ramin Karimloo as Valjean

bwayto
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/17/13 at 02:30pm
So Ramin Karimloo is going to be playing Valjean here in Toronto. Yesterday I was at the press preview for the production and I thought he is a really good fit in the role.

His Bring Him Home even left the TV camera crews in tears. You can see some snippets of the preview using the link (the producers won't let me post any more than two minutes, for legal reasons).

Maybe Ramin can play the role in the 2014 revival?
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The Distinctive Baritone
Broadway Legend
joined:8/28/04
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/17/13 at 03:24pm
Great voice, but he's so thin and boyish. I don't get this casting at all, especially since Macintosh reportedly REALLY wanted him in the role and had to push him to take it.
WickdMisrble
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/17/13 at 04:07pm
Yes he's not Colm in stature, but I think he has the pipes and experience to make this work.
He looks like he has muscled up for the role and with Carpenter acrosss the aisle as Javert it shouls be a great vocal battle.
DeNada
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/17/13 at 04:44pm
Ramin Karimloo is hardly "thin" - he's absolutely ripped, although you probably can't see that on stage.

I'm not really a huge fan - big voice and easy on the eyes but his tuning is godawful - but it's easy to see why Cameron Mackintosh would want him to do it. He's a Canadian national, has played the role before in London (i.e. he's a safe, proven pair of hands - and a Mackintosh favourite having done all the big poperettas for him) and has good international exposure from the 25th Anniversary concert and from the Phantom concert. He's a good commercial prospect in Toronto, essentially.
Mr Roxy
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/17/13 at 05:05pm
Will he in it when it comes to NY?
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EponineAmneris
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/18/13 at 12:09pm
Certainly a favorite of mine and many others. I can not wait to see who will lead the revival on Broadway! Maybe some of these cast members...

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Updated On: 9/18/13 at 12:09 PM
Princeton Returns
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joined:12/2/10
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/18/13 at 01:12pm
I really dont get the Ramin being small and boyish thing. He is mid thirties, 6ft and isnt far off being a Mens Health cover in terms of body. He is in amazing shape. Ive seen many similar or smaler build actors, and Alfie Boe is definately smaller

The current London Valjean is an infant compared to Ramin then
OneDayMore1979
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joined:2/24/13
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/18/13 at 02:10pm
"The current London Valjean is an infant compared to Ramin then"

Daniel Koek is around 6Ft4! and just as big across lol!!
BwayGeek2
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joined:3/9/11
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/18/13 at 04:35pm
I agree I would love to see him as Valjean
Princeton Returns
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/19/13 at 01:22am
Daniel is tall but not as muscled
FireFingers
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/19/13 at 10:17pm
Saw Ramin in London. I personally thought he played the role with too much aggression.
thespian geek
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joined:10/1/04
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/19/13 at 10:21pm
Did you see him opposite Hadley Fraser as Javert? Because I've heard both of their performances were very aggressive with one another, but had a tendency to soften when the other was out.
sanda
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joined:11/10/04
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/21/13 at 01:20am
He played Enjolras with too much aggression as well. The man cannot act without yelling or shouting.
WickdMisrble
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 9/23/13 at 02:50pm

he's working it...check out the link

Updated On: 9/23/13 at 02:50 PM
WickdMisrble
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bwayto
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 10/10/13 at 06:00pm
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Updated On: 11/18/13 at 06:00 PM
jo
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joined:5/15/03
Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 10/10/13 at 09:01pm
Was the new song in the movie, SUDDENLY, included in this stage production?

Thanks.
bwayto
Broadway Star
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Ramin Karimloo as Valjean
Posted: 10/10/13 at 09:10pm
Suddenly is NOT in the production. This production is the 25th Anniversary Production (the same one from the UK/USA tour.) It's also the production currently licensed by MTI.

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