About the showWest End performer Nadim Naaman brings his major new musical to the West End, receiving a world premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Broken Wings is the moving musical based on the writing of best-selling poet Kahlil Gibran and his 1912 masterpiece, featuring a 9-piece orchestra in a semi-staged production.
Set in 1923 New York, the musical sees an ageing Gibran narrating his autobiographical tale from within his cold studio. Transporting us back through the decades, the story sees a young Gibran in the turn-of-the-century Beirut. Using poetry and music, the narrator looks back over his life and his return to the Middle East to continue his education.
Upon arrival, he falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of a respected, local businessman. However, Selma is betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, a powerful man who has his eyes on her family fortune. Soon, Gibran and Selma are forced to fight for their love, overcoming the restricted norms and traditions of society.
Broken Wings features a star-studded cast, including Rob Houchen (Les Misérables) as Young Gibran, Hiba Elchikhe (Disney’s Aladdin) as Young Selma, creator Nadim Naaman (The Phantom of the Opera) as Older Gibran and Soophia Foroughi (Spamalot) as Mother. Further casting includes Adam Linstead, Nadeem Crowe, Irvine Iqbal, Sami Lamine, Robert Hannouch, Nikita Johal and Lauren James Ray.
Directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women at the Hope Mill Theatre), the production is created and written by Nadim Naaman, with music and lyrics by contemporary composer Dana Al Fardan. Produced by Ali Matar, the show is based on the work of Kahlil Gibran, who remains one of the world’s best-selling poets.
Covering topical issues such as gender inequality, the battle between wealth and happiness, and the ever-growing subject of immigration, Broken Wings is a touching yet highly pertinent new musical. Playing a strictly limited number of performances, the production runs at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season, from 1 August to 4 August 2018, with a press night on 2 August 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of new musicals and concert-style performances should visit Broken Wings, which stars some of the West End’s finest performers.
Broken Wings is recommended 8+.