It has been confirmed that Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan’s second musical will have its world premiere as semi-staged performance on the 23rd and 24th November.

Composer Dana Al Fardan and West End star Nadim Naaman have confirmed that their second collaboration following on from Broken Wings will have its world premiere in November. This announcement follows the release of a full-length concept album on Broadway Records.

The legacy of 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi has touched millions around the world and continues to make an impact in its universality and utilitarian nature; a legacy which has lasted eight centuries and has inspired all nationalities, ages, faiths and backgrounds. But how did it all begin?

Rumi: The Musical examines the transformative and powerful relationship between Rumi and his mentor Shams Tabrizi, and how this extraordinary friendship, integral to Rumi’s development as both thinker and writer, impacted the lives of Rumi’s family, friends and followers, contextualising many of his popular words and works.

This new musical features a score that  combines Middle Eastern authenticity with classical influences and contemporary musical theatre, with lyrics derived from Rumi’s poetry; orchestrated and arranged by Joe Davison, with vocal arrangements by Nikki Davison.

The cast for this semi-staged performance will include Ramin Karimloo (as Shams Tabrizi) and Nadim Naaman (Rumi), Casey Al-Shaqsy (Kimya), Soophia Foroughi (Kara). Meanwhile, the London Coliseum cast will comprise entirely of performers of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian heritage, and will also feature a 25+ piece orchestra, conducted by Joe Davison.

Produced by Ali Matar, ‘Rumi’ will be directed by Bronagh Lagan, with choreography by Anjali Mehra and Middle Eastern Musical Supervision by Maias Alyamani. Full Casting and the full creative team will be announced soon.

Talking about the news, Dana Al Fardan said: “Writing ‘Rumi’ felt like a blessing, during a period of so much upheaval in the world. The show’s emphasis is on looking within ourselves, and accessing the abundant sphere of creative force which shapes our conception of reality. It has been such a healing journey and I can’t wait to share our show with audiences at The London Coliseum.”

Rumi: The Musical will play at the London Coliseum on the 23rd and the 24th November.