In an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk, Karimloo described the “huge honour” of being part of the cast of the 25th anniversary cast, and why the show being streamed on YouTube is a particularly exciting at this time.
He said: “It was such an honour [to be in the show’s 25th anniversary] and I have to admit I’m kind of fearing the magnitude of what that was now…
“You couldn’t stop to smell the roses, I’ve had 10 years to smell the roses again through the things I do like social media – the interactions you can get with people who enjoy your work.
“I’m reliving it through them and now I can relive it fully again knowing a lot of people will be doing it again this Friday. It’s a real honour to be part of it.
“I’m just as much a fan of the show as any… I’ve been far removed from this show for 10 years but I’m excited to revisit it even though I won’t get to wear the mask for real again.
“Although I’d love to at some point, but this is next best thing.”
While Karimloo may not be wearing the mask again, he has confirmed on his Instagram he will be watching alongside the other millions of people streaming the performance.
For Karimloo, one of the joys of The Show Must Go On! YouTube channel is the idea of a global theatre, and everyone coming together to watch at once.
He continued: “It’s exciting for those who have seen it and there’s no denying the fandom of this globally loved show.
“Here’s a chance where everyone can go to the theatre at the same time together in the same way – it’s a global event and the only time this happened before was when we originally did it, but you still had to make plans to go to the cinema or go to Royal Albert Hall.
“Here’s a chance where it’s free and you don’t have to go anywhere because you shouldn’t be anyway.
“We’re all going to the theatre together – what a thing to be part of!”
Many actors and performers are struggling at present, and for the Holby City actor, the fundraising element of the show is also important.
Asked about the response to coronavirus by those in charge, he added: “It’s tough. There’s no denying that, I feel like I change with the wind on this because you want to get mad at certain things, but then think, ‘What is the perfect solution? How do you take care of everyone?’
“We’ve got to help the NHS, rightfully so, those working in supermarkets, delivery drivers, we have to keep that safe.
“So I don’t know and I hope that these things that Andrew [Lloyd Webber] and Universal with The Show Must Go On! is great as it’s free, it brings light to Acting For Others, Broadway Cares and the Actors Benevolent Fund and those are charities we can help.
“But I hope those who can help do, because this is a time when it all comes back in the long run. So choose good karma, choose good ways to help those who’re in dire straits.”
Ramin Karimloo in the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera will be available for 24 hours on The Show Must Go On! YouTube channel on Friday, April 17 at 7pm