An autobiographical account of KAHLIL GIBRAN’S first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet’s 1912 masterpiece
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’.
Nadim trained at The Royal Academy of Music, where he has since been appointed an Associate. He recently played Bertie Wooster in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves (The Old Laundry). Other Theatre includes: The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop); One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Sound of Music (London Palladium); Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto and Southwark Playhouse); Chess (The Union); Marguerite (Tabard); Knight Crew (Glyndebourne); James and The Giant Peach (The Watermill) and The Last Five Years (Pleasance). Concert work includes: Bernstein: Stage and Screen (RCO Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra), The BT Christmas Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Rogers & Hammerstein/Rogers & Hart and The Broadway Sound (The John Wilson Orchestra), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Guildhall), A Little Night Music (The Palace) and The Phantom of The Opera 25th Anniversary (Royal Albert Hall). Nadim’s 2016 studio album, Sides, topped the iTunes UK Vocal Chart, and is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Rob trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting, and was cast in the role of Marius in Cameron Macintosh’s West End production of Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre) upon graduation. Other credits include The Railway Children (Cadogan Hall); Rebel Song (The Other Palace); Candide (Cadogan Hall); Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre); The Twelve Tenors (Worldwide) and Anderson and Petty: Live (The Delfont Room). Rob also sang the role of Tony in highlights from West Side Story for the BBC Documentary, West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic. Rob has released two EPs: Rh (2016) and Within Reach (2017), both of which are available on iTunes and Spotify.
Adam trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. Most recently, Adam played the role of Old Deuteronomy in Cats (London Palladium and then The International Tour). Other Theatre includes: Les Misérables (Dubai Opera House, West End, Barbican, Paris and UK Tour); Seasonal Sauce (Watermill and Bagnor); The Cradle will Rock (Arcola); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre and 25th Anniversary Concert at The Royal Albert Hall); Love Shack (UK Tour); West End Girls (Jersey Opera House); Our Miss Gibbs (Finborough); Sweeney Todd (Jack Lyons) and Closer Than Ever (The King's Head). Concert work includes Sir Elton John (Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, and NEC), Chess in Concert (RAH), Playing Our Part (Cadogan Hall), Classic Spin (St Petersburg, Russia) and the Classical Brit Awards (RAH/ITV). His screen work includes Kenneth Branagh’s The Magic Flute and Do Us a Flavour (Walker’s Crisps).
Soophia trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. Recently, she played the role of Elena in Tiger Bay (Wales Millennium Centre) and Lady of The Lake in Spamalot (English Theatre Frankfurt). Other stage credits include: Wonderful Town (Barbican); Russell Watson: Songs From The Heart (UK Tour); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour); The Sound of Music (Qatar); Michael Ball Sings The Musicals (Abu Dhabi); Michael Ball: Both Sides Now (UK Tour and DVD); White Christmas (Pitlochry); The Rat Pack: Live From Vegas (Wyndham’s) and Bernada Alba (The Union). Soophia has also recorded vocals for many Hollywood blockbusters, including Marry Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios); Mission:Impossible - Fallout (Paramount); Justice League (Warner Bros); Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Walt Disney Studios); The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros) and Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Summit Entertainment).
Nadeem trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Nadeem was born in Amman, Jordan to a Jordanian mother and English father, and his mother was one of the first women to be employed by a television station in the Middle East, acting as a news reader and continuity announcer. Nadeem currently works simultaneously as a doctor in acute and emergency medicine, and as a performer in the West End. He was last seen as Doug/Mr. Spencer Williams in School of Rock (The Gillian Lynne Theatre). Other Theatre includes: Sunset Boulevard (ENO, London Coliseum); Accidents and Emergencies (The Lost Theatre); Privates on Parade (Greenwich Theatre) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Union Theatre). Nadeem has been a part of the Broken Wings journey since the workshop and album recording earlier this year. He is very excited to have the chance to bring the role of Karim to life, and to perform such a beautiful piece of writing.
Irvine trained at The Royal Academy of Music and received a BA (Hons) in Drama from Brunel University. He is currently playing Sultan in The West End production of Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre). Other Theatre includes: Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); World Of Walliams (Harper Collins Publisher Ltd.); Raj in David Walliams’ Mr. Stink (UK Tour); Wuthering Heights (Hammersmith Lyric); Then Like My Dreams (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Good Woman of Setzuan (Leicester Haymarket); The Mahabharata (Old Vic Theatre); The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Jersey Opera House); Jallebies and Tea (Chichester Fesival Theatre); Tree of Life, Kala Sangam (Brodsworth Hall); The Emperor and the Nightingale (MAC Theatre, Birmingham); Layla Majnun (MAC Theatre, Birmingham); Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Blood Drive (Bridewell Theatre); One Voice (Royal Opera House); Mother Courage (Grange Arts Theatre); Bouncers (Pants Theatre Company); Guys and Dolls (Grange Arts Theatre). Film credits include: The Cook (Senator Films); The Pinocchio Effect (Idream Productions/New Line Cinema); Infinite Justice (Scarab Films). Television credits include: EastEnders (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC Television); The Bill (Thames Television).
Sami trained at Arts Ed, London and Alan Gordon Studio, New York. Previous work includes: BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall); Clemenza Di Tito (Glyndebourne); Laila: The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK Tour); Mummyji Presents (Watford Palace Theatre); Twelve Tenors (Britain’s Got Talent) and Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (Catford Theatre). Sami is delighted to be a part of this exciting new musical.
Nikita trained in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy. Most recently, she played the lead role of Wendla in the Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre). Other Theatre includes: Aladdin (The Harlington); Princess Caraboo (Finborough Theatre) and Children Of Eden (Union Theatre). Workshops include: Bend It Like Beckham (Sonia Friedman Productions), His Indian Boyfriend (Phizzical Productions) and Sixth Form Romeo (Derailed Theatre). Credits whilst training include: Into The Woods (PPA), Bring It On: The Musical (Electric Theatre) and The World Goes Round (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre).
Robert trained at The Royal Academy of Music. Later this year, he will be appearing in the two-hander När Vi Träffade Varann for The National Theatre of Sweden. His Theatre Credits include: Hidden (Hidden Project); Children of Eden (Original Swedish Production); One Man, Two Guv’nors (Theatre Royal, Windsor); Twelfth Night (Gulf Tour); The Odd Couple (Sidmouth Rep); Godspell (UK Tour); Miracle on 34th Street (UK Tour); RENT (Sweden); Ruddigore (Tabard Theatre); The Cat in the Hat (Tour & The Pleasance) and Privates on Parade (Manor Pavilion Theatre). Robert’s Television work includes: Le Hold Up and Mattemorden (both for Swedish National Television). Film credits includ; Weevils, April, A Missing Beat, Maskoun and Letter to Obama. In Concert, Robert has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse with Sir Elton John, and for The Brit Awards at The London Palladium.
Lauren has recently played Rebecca in Imagine This (Union Theatre) and understudied and played both Glinda and Nessarose in the West End production of Wicked (Apollo Victoria). Other Theatre includes: Les Misérables (Palace and Queen’s); South Pacific (UK Tour); Peter Pan (Grand Theatre, Swansea) and Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Bath). Concerts include: An Evening of Webborn & Finn (St James Theatre); Les Miserables in Concert (Channel Islands); The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); The Apollo Victoria 80th Anniversary Gala (Apollo Victoria) andThe West End in Concert (UK Tour). Television credits include: Dear Deirdre and The Real Meaning of Christmas (ITV), and singing on Children in Need and The Alan Titchmarsh Show for BBC.
Jake is very excited to be making his professional debut in the company of Broken Wings. Credits whilst training at Urdang Academy include: Jayne Eyre, Ghost and Cabaret.
Bethany is thrilled to be making her professional debut in Broken Wings. Credits whilst training at Urdang Academy include: Jayne Eyre, Made in Dagenham and Me and My Girl.
Nadim was recently appointed an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, where he trained in Musical Theatre. Prior to this, he read Drama at The University of Warwick. His recent acting credits include Bertie Wooster in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves (The Old Laundry Theatre) and Raoul in The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). Other Theatre includes: Sweeney Todd, One Man Two Guvnors, The Sound of Music, Titanic, Chess, Marguerite, James and The Giant Peach and The Last Five Years. Nadim has been a guest soloist with The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The RCO Concertgebouw, The John Wilson Orchestra, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and at The Royal Albert Hall. As a songwriter, Nadim has recorded two albums, We All Want The Same (2013) and Sides (2016). Sides, which also features a selection of Musical Theatre covers, topped the iTunes UK Vocal Chart in June 2016.
Dana is one of The Middle East’s leading contemporary composers. Drawing on her cultural heritage, and influenced by a love of world music, her work is Arab-influenced, contemporary classical in style. With an established local audience, she is now garnering international attention. A live performance of her recent album Sandstorm sold out London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2017, and she has composed the score for forthcoming film release The Necromancer. Appointed as the official composer of Qatar Airways Group, Dana has composed a bespoke piece that greets millions of passengers every month on board the aircraft upon departure and arrival. Through this, and her support of music education programmes, nurturing creative talents of the next generation, she is contributing to the development of the arts in The Middle East from its very foundations - she was voted Grazia Arabia’s Woman Of The Year 2017.
Ali founded AM Management and Productions in 2003. To date, he has produced over 100 concerts and shows in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Sydney, Doha, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and New York. Ali produced Nadim Sawalha’s play Rest Upon The Wind, inspired by the life and times of Kahlil Gibran, in ten different cities. Recent collaborations include work with Dubai International Film Festival, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Raymond Gubbay Ltd., Spring Festival Bahrain, Marakesh Du Rire, Beiteddine Festival, International Entertainment Corporation, The Peace and Prosperity Trust, The British Lebanese Association, The London Palladium, Cadogan Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.
Recently, Bronagh Directed Little Women (Hope Mill, Manchester) and has been Associate Director for Pippin (Southwark Playhouse). Other Director credits include: The Adventures of Pinnochio (Ambassadors Theatre, West End); Brexit - The Musical (Edinburgh); tick, tick BOOM! (Park Theatre), Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); As You Like It (Jacksons Lane); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Chipping Norton); The Pajama Game and A Man of No Importance (both for The Pleasance); Heart of Winter and The Stationmaster (both for Tristan Bates); James and The Giant Peach (No.1 UK & World Tour); Rags - The Musical (Lyric Theatre); A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Green- wich Theatre); Expectations (Arcola); Blood Wedding (Courtyard Theatre); Henry VI Part 1 (Rose Theatre); Erris (Theatre 503), Julius Caesar (The Scoop) and The Madness of Sweeney (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). Other Associate Director credits include: Becoming Shades (The Vaults, Waterloo) The History Boys (No.1 UK
Joe graduated with The Award for Dedication & Commitment to The University of Warwick Music Centre, having playing for and conducted numerous orchestras under the tuition of renowned conductor Paul McGrath (of the BBC’s Maestro). He began working as Studio Manager for Cherry Pie Studios, whilst simultaneously freelancing as an arranger and transcriber, designing and building professional audio systems for churches, schools and studios. In 2009, he and wife Nikki established their own studio, Auburn Jam Music. He has arranged and produced albums for many West End regulars, including Janie Dee, Alice Fearn, Will Barratt and Nadim Naaman. As Musical Director, Joe has worked with Bill Kenwright Productions, The Royal Albert Hall, and regularly leads concerts and cabarets at London venues such as The Matcham Room at The Hippodrome, The Actor’s Church and The Pheasantry (Pizza Express Live). Joe has arranged and transcribed work for Music Sales LTD and Boosey
James has recently collaborated with Alan Menken, orchestrating the live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. He has contributed to over 80 film scores, including Shakespeare in Love (Universal), Gosford Park, (Capitol), Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros), Rise of The Planet of The Apes (Fox), Brave (Pixar), Thor (Marvel), Murder on The Orient Express (Fox) and Cinderella (Disney). As a Conductor, James has led The Philharmonia Orchestra, The ORF Vienna Radio Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, The City of Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra and many more. In 2015, James was elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music.
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