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Muhammad Ali Biomusical Sets World Premiere in Chicago

Muhammad Ali Biomusical Sets World Premiere in Chicago

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Muhammad Ali Biomusical Sets World Premiere in Chicago

The Broadway-bound musical tells the story of a boxing champion and philanthropist. The script features a libretto by Clint Dyer and music by Teddy Abrams.

Muhammad Ali
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Previously announced, Broadway-bound bio-musical about Muhammad Ali Ali The world premiere of the show will take place next year at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago. Performances will run from April 22 to May 18, 2025. The cast will be announced soon.

The project, in development since at least 2022, is written and directed by Clint Dyer, deputy artistic director of London’s National Theatre. The music is by Teddy Abrams, and the lyrics are by Q-Tip, who also serves as music producer. Rich + Tone Talauega (MJ Musical) will choreograph.

Muhammad Ali’s childhood in Louisville, Kentucky prepared him to become not only the greatest boxer of all time, but also an activist, artist, entertainer, and philanthropist. His combination of courage, confidence, self-assurance, compassion, humor, and optimism united people during the Civil Rights Movement, and his vision of a world without hate inspired generations of activists.

The Chicago production will feature scenic design by Anna Fleischle, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lighting by Jen Schriever, video by Tal Yarden and Gino Ricardo Green, and sound by Benjamin Grant and Kai Harada. Abrams and Sean Mayes are providing orchestrations and arrangements, Mayes also serves as music supervisor, and Casey Benjamin is retired music producer. Fred Carl is creative dramaturg, and Michael “Silk” Olajide Jr. will be special boxing consultant and fight coordinator. Broadway performer and current director Asmeret Ghebremichael will be associate director.

Ali is from producer Richard Willis, now joined by co-producers Brook T. Smith, David and Michelle Campbell, Ian Rupert, Jim and Kathy Mora and TheTribecaWorkshop, in association with ABG Entertainment and in partnership with Lonnie Ali.

“It’s very exciting and fitting that Ali premiere in Chicago,” producer Willis said in a statement. “Muhammad called the South Side home, and the city held a special place in his heart. We are thrilled to be working with everyone at Broadway in Chicago to present this powerful new musical to such a passionate, theater-loving audience who will help us shape the show’s future. We can’t wait to be there.”