15:11 13 March 2012
Ramin doesnt look like your average Olivier-nominated musical theatre superstar - playing roles including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as the iconic Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera - and thats because he is so much more than you would expect.
He has an arm full of tattoos everything from trees to angels to poetry and a trilby straight from Shoreditch. He looks more like someone from Red Hot Chili Peppers that you never noticed before.
Ramin Karimloo is a Persian who grew up in Canada and unquestionably one of musical theatre's modern greats. He has been critically acclaimed as one of, if not the, greatest Phantom for his display in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Phantom of The Opera at The Royal Albert Hall and has received several Best Actor awards plus a prestigious Olivier Award nomination.
He is now taking on the lead role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintoshs West End production of Les Misérables.
His debut album Ramin is out on 9 April and is a diary entry from one of the worlds great vocal talents. The record includes not only his own compositions, but covers of Bryan Adams and Muse songs, his take on the mighty Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera as well as brand new material from songwriting heavyweights like Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis Bleeding Love).
Ramin will take to the road in May when hell perform tracks from his new album and more up and down the UK.
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