By Lubna Hamdan
Rap and Hip Hop Hamilton musical in the plans for Dubai
One of the world's longest-running musicals Phantom of the Opera will come to Dubai Opera, according to managing director of UK-based theatrical production firm Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Nick Allott.
The record-breaking show, which has criss-crossed the UK for 30 years and the US for 20 years, will definitely come to Dubai in the future, according to Allott.
“Phantom of the Opera is on the cards [for Dubai],” said Allott, who is in Dubai for the duration of French musical Les Miserables.
"There are two versions of it; there’s the original one and there’s one we created for our 25th anniversary which is travelling around America at the moment. It is a very different design but story and music are the same. So yes Phantom would come [to Dubai]."
Allott also revealed that there are plans to bring Broadway hit Hamilton to Dubai.
Cameron Mackintosh has invested $37m building a theatre in London specifically for the Broadway hit musical, which tells the story of the founding fathers of the US through rap and Hip Hop.
“We’ve bringing it to London next November so some time Dubai will hopefully see it,” he said.
Dubai Opera has already announced that Andrew Webber’s Cats will come in January, followed by West Side Story in February and Mary Poppins in May.
The numbers involved in musical theatre are staggering, with the four most successful musicals Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera having grossed $16bn.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.