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All this word-blending is making me Karimblue

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In the world of entertainment, one is used to the fusing of words better to explain new phenomena. How else could you sum up the joining of two major Hollywood actors such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to create one powerhouse couple other than through the term “Brangelina”?

Yes, portmanteaus are an accepted form of expression and should be welcomed. Tabard, for one, likes explaining to companions the enjoyment of a ‘mockumentary’, being blown away by Chimerica at the theatre last year and having brushed up one’s dancing skills by taking Bollywood classes in the past.

However, Tabard does feel the basic requirement for all these new dictionary entrants is that the combination has been firmly established first. Otherwise you are talking nonsense. This conclusion was reached following an email about the imminent release of a new ‘broadgrass’ music album – which the PR proudly announced would mark the first time an artist has released this new genre.

What, say you, is this bizarre new style? It is, of course, the amalgamation between Broadway and bluegrass music.

And who is the artist behind this fusing of musical theatre with country? It is one from our own profession, dear readers. Ramin Karimloo – a regular West End and Broadway musical theatre performer, who has played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and the eponymous Phantom of the Opera.

To get a feel for what’s in store on the album, take it from the man himself: “We kissed some bluegrass into our Broadway selections and breathed some theatre into my bluegrass/folk songs”.

Maybe don’t give up the day job just yet, Ramin.

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