Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who will play The Phantom and Christine Daaé in the London premiere of Love Never Dies are no strangers to their roles but both are keen to develop their respective characters as the story moves forward 10 years and transfers to a new continent.
At Her Majesty’s theatre in London, Ramin has been donning the mask in the original production of The Phantom of the Opera for over two years. During this time he was proud to play the title role for the landmark 21st anniversary performance. Prior to playing The Phantom, Ramin was cast as Raoul in the same production. Ramin has uniquely completed the hat-trick of playing all three of Christine’s loves after being cast as Christine’s father in the 2004 movie The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. He finishes his run in The Phantom of the Opera on November 7th but admits that playing the Phantom in Love Never Dies has given him a unique insight into the character. Has it affected his current performance? He thinks for a moment before replying with a wry smile “Yes, I guess it has – not in any major way but a few subtleties probably no-one would really notice, I can’t help it now I know what happens next”.
Sierra was hand picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hal Prince in 2005 to originate the role of Christine Daaé in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada). More recently she made her Broadway debut creating the title role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Lunt-Fontanne). During her two years with the company she performed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Today, The View, Entertainment Tonight, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 62nd Annual Tony Awards as well as having appeared in ‘People Magazine’ and on the cover of ‘USA Today’ with Mario Lopez and Megan Mullally. For her performance as Ariel, Sierra received both Drama League and Drama Desk nominations and was the recipient of a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Breakthrough Performance.
Ramin and Sierra are looking forward to a short but much needed break while they prepare for the build up to the new show. It has been an incredibly busy few months with both of them undertaking Love Never Dies workshops and of course recording the long awaited album. But Ramin knows that being able to be part of a new project almost from conception has its advantages. “Working so closely with Andrew and his creative team has been an amazing journey already and it has bettered my craft. I’m really excited to finally see Love Never Dies materialize on stage as so much work, heart and passion has gone into its creation.
Building on such well established, and loved, characters is undeniably a challenge. Both Ramin and Sierra are clearly excited by this opportunity to develop the roles they are already so familiar with. Ramin recognises that “Working on Love Never Dies has and is going above and beyond a dream. To have already been part of this character is one thing but to continue his story and redevelop the character and his story ten years on is a real gift for any actor.” Sierra is also undaunted by the task ahead and is relishing the chance to return to the role “I am absolutely honoured and ecstatic that I get to rediscover Christine and bring her to life in Love Never Dies.”
Can either of them tell us anything about the music? Neither give anything away, but Ramin tells us that “It’s going to be a modern epic.” Sierra is in total agreement and adds, “What Andrew has written for the piece, is some of the most beautiful, passionate and fulfilling music I have ever had the pleasure of singing, and I cannot wait to perform it every night!”
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