Hamilton and Wicked 'could come to Dubai'

Dubai Opera chief executive Jasper Hope wants to bring the smash hit musicals to the city

Hamilton and Wicked 'could come to Dubai'

The chief executive of Dubai Opera has told Time Out Dubai that smash hit musicals Hamilton and Wicked could come to the city.

Jasper Hope, who has been at the helm of the venue since it opened in 2016, was speaking about the productions he would like to see here in the future following the success of shows including Les Misérables, Evita and Cats.

The theatre-lover, who picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award at Time Out Dubai’s recent Music & Nightlife Awards, also plans to bring more drama to the stage. This is following the success of the Opera's recent production of Othello as well as film screenings with live orchestras.

Speaking to Time Out Dubai's The Big Listen podcast, Hope said: "I've seen Hamilton a couple of times, and they don't have a touring production of that yet, but as and when that becomes a possibility that's certainly got to be on the list.

"The Lion King you can never ignore. For so many decades now, tens of millions of people have seen and loved it.

He continued: "There are a few of those titles that are just global smash hits and of course they are, for us, very important to try and get at some point.

"There are things like Wicked – I personally think would be a great show to get at some point.

"There are classics, why shouldn't we do a Wizard of Oz? You really can go back across the whole genre in a new market and find brilliant productions of interesting and popular titles, and if they exist and you can work out the dates and everything else, they're worth trying and I think there would certainly be an appetite regardless of the show that we bring.

"But it needs to be something that has a certain stature that is going to excite people, either because of the casting or the production values."
Wicked, which tells the story of the witches of Oz, has been running on Broadway for 15 years – attracting legions of fans worldwide with its catchy numbers 'Defying Gravity', 'Popular' and 'For Good'.

Meanwhile, the tale of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is told through the medium of rap and hip hop in hit musical Hamilton.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it has played to sold out crowds in New York consistently since it opened off-Broadway in February 2015, spawning a London production and US tours.

Here in Dubai, worldwide hit Phantom of the Opera is taking to the stage this October.

It’s the second-longest running West End musical after Les Misérables, which showed at Dubai Opera in 2016. Phantom opened in New York in 1998 and is the longest running show in Broadway history.

Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, the production captured the attention of theatre and musical fans worldwide.

Many actors have taken on the role, which was launched in the West End by Some Mothers Do ’Av ’Em star Michael Crawford. Lloyd Webber’s wife Sarah Brightman took the role of Christine. The pair reprised their roles in the original Broadway cast. At the Royal Albert Hall 25th Anniversary show, Ramin Karimloo played the part of the Phantom.

Last year was a brilliant one for theatre fans at Dubai Opera, with a series of hit shows including The Magic Flute, Carmen and Ghost The Musical taking to the stage.

We can't wait to take our seats.

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