Showtune Saturday: Ramin Karimloo “Make Them Hear You”

Ramin Karimloo

Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera star Ramin Karimloo absolutely kills “Make Them Hear You” from RAGTIME.

I’m such a fan of Ramin’s work. His focus, clarity and open heart command your attention with ease. And that voice.

Oh, and then there’s the fact he’s so easy on the eyes 🙂

Plus, the message of the song seems particularly relevant in this time.

Your sword could be a sermon or the power of the pen
Teach every child to raise his voice and then my brothers, then…
Will justice be demanded by ten million righteous men
Make them hear you, 
When they hear you, I’ll be near you – again…

More of his music can be found on iTunes here.

News Round-Up: August 10, 2020

Broadway star Ramin Karimloo (screen capture)

Some news stories you might have missed:

Pink News: Dr. Allen Bergin, an influential Mormon therapist who advocated for conversion therapy for decades, has reversed his position and apologized for his harmful views after learning that his two sons and grandson are gay.

Edge Media: A candidate for the Washington State House of Representatives may face charges after ripping down a rainbow Pride flag flown by a church and then threatening witnesses to the act, telling them that “If it gets put back up, I will take it down.”

YouTube: How I haven’t done a full post about the oh-so-talented Ramin Karimloo (above) is beyond me. Please enjoy the perfection that is Ramin singing “Being Alive” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The performance was part of the KINGS OF BROADWAY 2020: A Celebration Of The Music Of Jule Styne, Jerry Herman & Stephen Sondheim charity event.

Instinct Magazine: Poland’s President Andrzej Duda was sworn into his second term last week after his campaign described the LGBT rights movement as a dangerous “ideology,” and declared that LGBT folks “not people.” And so, LGBT people are now leaving the country.

Gay Star News: More from Poland as thousands of LGBT people and allies protested in Warsaw, Poland on Friday and Saturday – resulting in police brutality. Commentators say the events are a possible ‘Stonewall moment’ for Poland as people stood up to two years of mounting LGBT+ hate.

Cox Media: According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 97,078 children tested positive for the novel coronavirus between July 16 and July 30. As of July 30, 338,982 children tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Instagram: Academy Award-winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) has been announced to star in a film about the life of famed counter-culture artist Andy Warhol. Leto broke the news on his Instagram account.

Highlights: Ramin Karimloo & Samantha Barks in CHESS

Ramin Karimloo and Samantha Barks in CHESS

Ramin Karimloo and Samantha Barks star in CHESS in Osaka. #perfection

Samantha Barks sings ‘Nobody’s Side’ in CHESS

I loved working with Samantha in CHICAGO in LA at the Hollywood Bowl. What a knockout talent! And the most down-to-earth person you’d ever want to meet.

And Ramin is, well, Ramin. It’s a proven impossibility for me to listen to him sing anything just once.

The cast also features Luke Walsh and Takanori Sato.

Ramin Karimloo sings ‘Anthem’ in CHESS

I have a slight obsession with this musical.

I saw the original production in London starring Elaine Paige and Tommy Körberg, both of whom delivered gorgeous performances. That production ran three years.

The Broadway production fared less well as Trevor Nunn attempted to ‘fix’ the show. And he fixed it into a flop. But the gorgeous score remained including a new song for the leadling lady Florence in the form of “Someone Else’s Story.”

Tony Award nominee John Herrera starred in the first U.S. national touring company along with Carolee Carmello and Stephen Bogardus (I can’t believe I know them all) which attempted to re-fix the show again.

Part of the problem with the show was it was written during the Cold War with Russia. As the world moved past that political impasse, it’s now hard to make that aspect of the story play.

If you head over to Wikipedia, there’s an extensive breakdown of the history of the show and the many attempts to bring it to the level of success so many of us want to see.

In any case, the score (by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) remains a glorious thing.

Lucky Osaka… For now, we have this:

Ramin Karimloo Sings The National Anthem

Regular readers know I have a serious “thing” about the talent that is Ramin Karimloo.

The Tony nominated actor has thrilled audiences in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and is currently starring on Broadway in Anastasia.

I think his voice is – in a word – thrilling.

Oh, and he’s pretty easy on the eyes, too.

Take a listen above.

News Round-Up: June 13, 2017

Ramin Karimloo

Some news items you may have missed:

• One item I forgot in my Tony Awards recap – I truly missed not seeing Ramin Karimloo and the cast of Broadway’s Anastasia performFor the fans, don’t miss Ramin at BB Kings in NYC July 23 & 24.

• Four law firms turned down the opportunity to represent Donald Trump because he has a history of not listening to people he hires, and not paying his bill.

• A Malaysian teenager was savagely beaten and left brain-dead for being “effeminate.”

• The president’s job approval drops to 36% leaving him 23 points under water.

• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes President Donald Trump will “self-impeach.”

• If you held a Pride Parade at my house…

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Hump Day: Ramin Karimloo “Anthem”

Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo and his Broadgrass Band’s ‘Lead Me Home’ tour recently ended on January 29th in the UK.

I’m an enormous fan of the Iranian-Canadian actor/singer who has starred in Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies and Les Miserables in the UK, as well as his star turn as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway. The seriously woofy and talented Karimloo will begin rehearsals in a few weeks for the upcoming Broadway production of Anatasia.

With the issue of immigration, nations borders and more in the daily news spotlight, I think his heartfelt performance of “Anthem,” from the musical Chess, is more than  appropriate.

His voice is just… woof. Effortless tone, gorgeous over-the-bar phrasing. And so easy on the eyes, too 🙂

Follow him on Instagram here.

Click below and enjoy:

Ramin Karimloo Says Happy Trails To Broadway’s LES MISERABLES

Tony Award nominee (and overall super talent) Ramin Karimloo said ‘so long’ for now to the Broadway company of Les Miserables.

Karimloo moves on to the upcoming Prince of Broadway featuring the shows on Broadway producer/director Hal Prince.

In case anyone needs to be reminded of the brilliance that is Ramin Karimloo, here’s one of the most recent video performances of Ramin singing “Bring Him Home” from his heart-stopping performance as “Jean Valjean” in Les Miserables on Broadway.

(Couldn’t find a great live theatre clip, but you get the bonus of seeing the handsome face here…)

News Round-Up: August 27, 2016

Ramin Karimloo

Some news stories you may have missed:

• He sings! He acts! AND he looks like this! Broadway Style Guide shares workout tips from the fabulous Ramin Karimloo, star of Broadway’s “Les Miserables.”

• Despite losing AGAIN in court, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage license to gay couple for the 3rd time.

• In other Kentucky news, the state’s largest public school district passed important protections for transgender folks.

• Former Will & Grace star will headline the Los Angeles premiere of the hit Broadway play, Act of God.

• Chick-Fil-A may lose chance at Denver Airport location over anti-gay history.

• Former half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is still campaigning to be Donald Trump’s running mate.

• What is it about a man and his horse?