Ramin Karimloo: Reality shows dumb down musical theatre

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Ramin Karimloo

The Phantom of the Opera's Ramin Karimloo thinks reality shows ''dumb down'' musical theatre, but admitted they have been ''great'' in terms of raising the profile of West End productions.

Phantom of the Opera's Ramin Karimloo thinks reality shows "dumb down" musical theatre.

The 33-year-old star admits while series such as 'Over The Rainbow', 'I'd Do Anything' and 'Any Dream Will Do' are "great" in terms of making the general public more aware of musicals, it makes it more difficult for actors to bag roles in West End shows.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Don't get me wrong, TV talent shows are great in terms of getting the public interested in musical theatre and I think anything that encourages people to go to the West End can only be positive.

"But it does dumb down the trade to an extent and it certainly makes it more difficult for actors who don't appear in these TV programmes to get parts in shows because there are less available."

Despite his criticisms of such talent competitions, Ramin - who recently helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of 'The Phantom of the Opera' with a one-off performance at London's Royal Albert Hall - praised 'Wicked' star Lee Mead, who was discovered on 'Any Dream Will Do, for "raising the profile" of musicals.

He added: "People like Lee Mead have been hugely instrumental in raising the profile of British musical theatre and making it more popular with young people who see people like him on TV, so I have nothing but praise for him."

'The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall' is released on DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and Download on November 14.

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