Phantom and Les Mis star Ramin Karimloo stars as Che in Vancouver Opera’s Evita
Ramin Karimloo – Che
Iranian-born Canadian actor and singer Ramin Karimloo is recognized as a favourite of musical theatre, heralded for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and the title role in Phantom of the Opera. He was hand-picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to portray the lead role in Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom. Mr. Karimloo has won the Theatregoer’s Choice Award, the Broadwayworld.com award for Best Actor in a musical, the Best Actor award in the Viewers’ Choice Theatre Awards at Whatsonstage.com in 2011, and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2014 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway performances in Les Misérables.
His 2011 performance in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall was streamed live to cinemas across the world, and his 2010 performance in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at The O2 Arena in London has become one of the most widely viewed shows in PBS history.
Caroline Bowman – Eva Perón
Caroline Bowman most recently starred as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. Before that she starred as Eva Perón in the Broadway Revival Tour of Evita. She has been seen on Broadway in the original cast of Kinky Boots as well as the national tours of Spamalot (Lady Of The Lake), Fame: The Musical (Carmen), and Grease (Rizzo).
John Cudia – Perón
John Cudia is the first and only singer to have performed as both the Phantom and Jean Valjean on Broadway. For his performance of Jean Valjean at Chicago’s Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, he was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award© for Best Actor in a Musical. Mr. Cudia has also appeared at some of the most prestigious regional theatres in the United States including The Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore Music Theater, The Pioneer Theater, Portland Stage, and St. Louis Repertory.
Since ending his run in the title role of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera in 2010, Mr. Cudia has studied with Metropolitan Opera baritone Mark Oswald to expand his repertory of lyric tenor roles. He recently made two important debuts: with Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of Oklahoma! and with Lyric Opera of the North as Alfredo in La traviata. He appears regularly in concert with The Broadway Tenors and with orchestras across the country.
Cooper Grodin – Magaldi
Cooper Grodin was born and raised in Manhattan where he attended LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin Madison and received his Masters in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is an avid singer of all genres and an accomplished pianist, composer, and music director. Mr. Grodin has starred as The Phantom on national tour in the United States, is an original member of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables and has sung in numerous concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and The American Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the New York premiere of Grendel at City Opera, directed by Julie Taymor, and Zaide as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival directed by Peter Sellars. Mr. Grodin made his Carnegie Hall debut in Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum.
He was awarded a Lys Syonette Award for “Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number” in the Lotte Lenya/Kurt Weill competition and his new original album It’s The Little Things is now available on iTunes.
By Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 30 to May 8
Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including intermission)