NEWS: Ramin Karimloo and Co-composer Nadim Naaman head the cast of Rumi: The Musical

The musical is set to be released as a full-length concept album later this Spring.

Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman have announced their second musical collaboration – Rumi the Musical, following on from the success of Broken Wings which premiered in the west End before embarking on a tour of the Middle East.

This newly announced musical is based on a story about the 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi by Evren Sharma. It will first launch as a full-length concept album, set to be released later in the Spring with further details to be announced. The cast for the album will be led by Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman among other performers of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian heritage as well as featuring The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rumi: The Musical explores the transformative and powerful relationship between Rumi and his mentor Shams Tabrizi. From their first encounter, it is clear that Rumi and Shams were destined to converge for greatness; two highly contrasting but brilliant minds, both seeking a higher purpose. However, the impact of this extraordinary friendship on Rumi’s loyal wife, Kara, her daughter Kimya and his sons, Sultan Valed and Aladdin is clear, inviting resistance from Rumi’s faithful following with increasingly intense and dramatic consequences. What was the price, that the world might receive the gift of Rumi’s genius and spiritual legacy?

The musical has been orchestrated and arranged by Joe Davison,with vocal arrangements by Nikki Davison and Middle Eastern Musical Supervision by Maias Alyamani. The album is produced, edited and mixed by Joe and Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music. This album has been recorded in London and Doha throughout  the Covid-19 pandemic and is said to feature a score that “combines Middle Eastern authenticity with classical influences and contemporary musical theatre, with lyrics derived from Rumi’s poetry.”

Joining Ramin Karimloo (Shams Tabrizi) and Nadim Naaman (Rumi), the concept album will feature performances from Casey Al-Shaqsy (as Kimya), Soophia Foroughi (Kara), Sharif Afifi (Sultan Valed), Ahmed Hamad (Aladdin), Irvine Iqbal (Husam) and Alim Jayda (Sayyed). Completing the company are Roshani Abbey, Amira Al Shanti, Eva-Theresa Chokarian, Maëva Feitelson, Sasha Ghoshal, James Hameed, Blythe Jandoo and Aliza Vakil.

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