New musical Rumi is to be released as a concept album.
The piece has been created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, based on a story by Evren Sharma.
Based on a story about the 13th century philosopher and poet Rumi, the musical will launch with a full length concept album this Spring starring Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman.
The pair head a West End cast comprising entirely of performers of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian heritage including Casey Al-Shaqsy, Soophia Foroughi, Sharif Afifi, Ahmed Hamad, Irvine Iqbal and Alim Jayda.
Completing the company are Roshani Abbey, Amira Al Shanti, Eva-Theresa Chokarian, Maëva Feitelson, Sasha Ghoshal, James Hameed, Blythe Jandoo and Aliza Vakil.
They will be accompanied on the album by The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
The musical is Orchestrated and Arranged by Joe Davison, with Vocal Arrangements by Nikki Davison and Middle Eastern Musical Supervision by Maias Alyamani. The album is Produced, Edited and Mixed by Joe and Nikki Davison for Auburn Jam Music.
A teaser for the musical shares: “The legacy of 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?”