Broken Wings, the Musical

DUBAI OPERA HOUSE, 2020

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, WEST END, 2018

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BROKEN WINGS THE MUSICAL-

Based on the poetic novel by Kahlil Gibran

 

Aug 2018- Theatre Royal Haymarket, London West End

July 2019- Beiteddine Festival, Lebanon

Nov 2019- The Opera House, Katara (Doha)

Jan 2020- Dubai Opera House

 

New York City, 1923. An ageing Gibran narrates from his cold studio. Through poetry and music, he transports us back two decades and across continents, to turn-of-the-century Beirut. His eighteen-year-old self returns to The Middle East after five years in America, to complete his education and discover more of his heritage. He falls deeply in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of family friend and hugely respected local businessman, Farris Karamy. However, Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has one eye on the Karamy family fortune. Gibran and Selma fight to reconcile their love for one another, whilst navigating the rules, traditions and expectations that their society lays before them.

This moving new musical is written by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, and directed by Bronagh Lagan, produced by Ali Matar with orchestrations by Joe Davison. What inspired the acclaimed author of The Prophet to write? What moved him to such profound philosophy in his later life? The events of Broken Wings highlight key issues of the time, yet the themes and debates raised remain increasingly relevant today, over a century later; the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of ‘home’.

 

CREATIVES

WRITERS- Dana Al Fardan & Nadim Naaman 

DIRECTOR – Bronagh Lagan

MUSICAL DIRECTOR & ORCHESTRATOR– Joe Davidson

CHOREOGRAPHER – Philip Thomas

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER – Nik Corrall 

LIGHTING DESIGNER – Nic Farman

SOUND DESIGNER – Simon Hendry 

PHOTOS BY- Marc Brenner

GENERAL MANAGEMENT – Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment

PRODUCER – Ali Matar

 

DOHA CAST

GIBRAN- Nadim Naaman

SELMA- Hannah Qureshi

YOUNG GIBRAN- Ben Purkiss

FARRIS- Adam Linstead

MOTHER- Soophia Foroughi

KARIM- Nadeem Crowe

BISHOP-Karl Seth

MANSOUR- Sami Lamine

LELIA- Bethany Weaver

DOCTOR- Johan Munir

ENSEMBLE- Jake Stewart

ENSEMBLE- Yaseem Audi

ENSEMBLE- Mia Richards

 

REVIEWS

‘Broken Wings is a powerful production, that highlights the ever-strong presence of corruption and poor treatment of the female sex that still exists in the Middle East today’.

Entertainment Focus

 

‘Heartfelt and Heavenly Production’

London Theatre One

★★★★★

 

‘An oriental reverie of romance’

The Upcoming

★★★★★

 

‘Everything works in this musical’

London Theatre Reviews

★★★★★

 

‘The emotive love story has been brought to life on stage under the direction of Bronagh Lagan... It highlights just how much Gibran was ahead of his time, and this musical treatment of his work is a fitting tribute.'- 

Broadway World

★★★★

 

‘Bronagh fills Theatre Royal Haymarket stage beautifully. Producers, hire her for big stuff’

Terri Paddock Stage Faves

 

 

 

NOMINATIONS

TIMEOUT DUBAI Best Theatrical Performance by Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group at Dubai Opera

BEITEDDINE PALACE, 2019