Kleban's Legacy, A Class Act, Makes DC Premiere May 14-June 22 at The Studio

News   Kleban's Legacy, A Class Act, Makes DC Premiere May 14-June 22 at The Studio
A Class Act, the musical that fictionalizes aspects of the life of Broadway songwriter Edward Kleban while saying larger things about the creative spirit, makes its Washington, DC, debut at The Studio Theatre, May 14-June 22.

Linda Kline and Lonny Price penned the show, which uses trunk songs by the late composer-lyricist Kleban, who is best known for writing the lyrics to Marvin Hamlisch's music for A Chorus Line. The muscial (using Kleban's memorial service as a dramatic frame) was first seen at Manhattan Theatre Club and then on Broadway in 2001. A cast album preserves the original Off-Broadway cast's work.

Bobby Smith plays Kleban in the DC staging, directed by Serge Seiden and musical directed by George Fulginiti Shakar. It plays the Studio's Mead space.

The cast includes Roseanne Medina as Sophie, Lauri Kraft as Lucy, Leo Erickson as Lehman Engel, Tony Capone as Bobby, Mia Whang as Felicia, Cathy Carey as Mona and Eric Sutton as Charley and Marvin Hamlisch.

A Class Act has been popping up at regional theatres around the country, intriguing fans of musical theatre who are curious to see the show that has been billed as "a musical about making musicals."

The Studio Theatre is at 14th and P Streets NW in Washington, DC. For information, call (202) 332-3300 or visit www.studiotheatre.org.

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