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Watching Phantom of the Opera 'was inspirational'
Ramin Karimloo could have been a sportsman were it not for Phantom of the Opera.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Seeing a production of Phantom of the Opera as a student in Canada inspired Ramin Karimloo to become a West End star, he has said.
The actor, who is soon to play the Phantom in Love Never Dies, told the Telegraph that he had been more of a sportsman than a theatre fan once, but then watched Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic and recognised his calling.
"It was unbelievable. I remember holding back tears. From that moment, I thought that's what I am going to do," the 31-year-old remembered.
He added that those with Love Never Dies tickets are to see a very different Phantom in the new musical, as the ghastly figure is now a revered icon at Coney Island's funfair.
"When we last saw him he was hunted. Now he is a celebrity," said Karimloo.
The actor said he feels the weight of responsibility that comes with the new role, but intends to do the best he can to bring it to life.
Love Never Dies will officially open on March 9th 2010, having already taken more than £8 million in advance bookings.