Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Wednesday 11 April 2018
London West End - Musicals - Premieres - Shows
A major new musical based on the writings of Kahlil Gibran, the acclaimed author of The Prophet, will premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1 to 4 August.
Image: Ali Matar
and*auml;and*nbsp; new musical, Broken Wings, is to get its West End premiere as a semi-staged production with 9-piece orchestra at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1 to 4 August 2018.
The show is written by West End star Nadim Naaman (The Phantom of the Opera) and Dana Al Fardan, one of The Middle East's leading contemporary composers, and is directed by Bronagh Lagan, with orchestrations by Joe Davison.
The story is an autobiographical tale of tragic love based on Lebanese-born poet Kahlil Gibran's 1912 masterpiece.
The cast is headed by Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, Titanic) and Hiba Elchikhe (Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin) as teenage protagonists Gibran and Selma, with composer Nadim Naaman (Raoul in the West End's The Phantom of The Opera) as Gibran's older self, the show's narrator and Soophia Foroughi (Lady of the Lake, Spamalot) is Mother.
Writer Kahlil Gibran, whose seminal work The Prophet was an interational best-seller, remains the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.
The events in Broken Wings highlight key social issues of the time - the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of 'home' - yet these themes are increasingly relevant today, over a century later.
Nadim Naaman said ...
"Kahlil Gibran is the Shakespeare of The Middle East, and the third best-selling poet of all time.
His views transcend nationality, politics and background, read by all faiths and all ages.
He was spiritual, but wouldn't dedicate his life to one particular organisation of religion.
Instead, he took the best of all faiths, championing humanity, tolerance and love above all else.
I still can't believe that the book hasn't already been adapted for the stage; it is structured like a play, and is awash with musical references.
Much like Kahlil Gibran's life, the creation of this show has been a fusion of both The Middle East and The West, so to be presenting this piece in London, at the stunning Theatre Royal Haymarket, is both fitting and overwhelming."
Dana Al Fardan adds ...
"Kahlil Gibran felt strongly about the universal language of music, often referring to it as the language of the soul.
Our musical aims to offer the audience a deeper understanding of both Gibran's work and the man behind it.
We hope it will be both enjoyable and enlightening."
Here's a flavour of the music in the show with this first song - Spirit of the Earth - just released ...
A Broken Wings concept album is scheduled for release on Thursday 10 May.
The album also features Gillian Budd, Joseph Claus, Nadeem Crowe, Siubhan Harrison, James Hume, Irvine Iqbal, Nikita Johal, Sami Lamine, Adam Linstead, Leo Miles and Lauren James Ray.
As well as available on iTunes, CDs can be pre-ordered via Auburn Jam Music.
New York City, 1923.
An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio.
Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut.
His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage.
He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy.
However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune.
Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.
Nikita Johal - Selma
Nadim Naaman - Gibran
Rob Houchen - Gibran's teenage self
Adam Linstead - Farris
Soophia Foroughi - Mother
Nadeem Crowe - Karim
Irvine Iqbal - Bishop Bulos Galib
Sami Lamine - Mansour Bey Galib
Robert Hannouch - ensemble
Lauren James Ray - ensemble
Author: Nadim Naaman
Composer: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman; Joe Davison (orchestrations)
Lyricist: Dana al Fardan and Nadim Naaman
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Production: Ali Matar
From: Wednesday 1 August 2018
Closed: Saturday 4 August 2018
Standard: From £26
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