January 27 - February 7
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Music and Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price
Originally Directed on Broadway by Lonny Price
He was one singular sensation. Twelve years after Edward Kleban won a Tony Award for his lyrics in A Chorus Line, his friends gather for a memorial service at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. As they reminisce about shared performances, jobs, and workshops, Ed joins them on stage to relive the struggles, triumphs, and important moments of his life. Sweet, funny, and at times poignant, A Class Act features songs written by Ed himself.
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“This funny, moving and inspiring musical is a celebration of the creative spirit. Garden Theatre hopes the inclusion of this piece will honor the many theatre artists who have kept us entertained, distracted and connected from their living rooms during these trying times.”
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A Class Act replaces the previously announced production of Parade, which will be presented in a future season.
This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.
cast & crew
Ed Kleban: Sean Powell
Sophie: Lillie Eliza Thomas
Lehman Engel: Terry E. Thomas
Bobbie / Michael Bennett: Gavin Waid
Charley / Marvin Hamlisch / Dr. Nodine / Jean-Claude Chevray: Russell Stephens
Lucy / Tap Dance Student / Girl 1 / Chorus of A Chorus Line: Valerie Torres Rosario
Felicia / Girl 2 / Tap Dance Student / Chorus of A Chorus Line: Tay Anderson
Mona / Chorus of A Chorus Line: Sarah Beth Ganey
Director: Joseph C. Walsh
Music Director: Bert Rodriguez
Choreographer: Mayme Paul
Scenic and Lighting Designer: Bert Scott
Costume Designer: Dan Jones
Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso*
Props Master: Kyle Ransbottom
Stage Manager: Tiffany Lyn Meadows
Assistant Stage Manager: Erica Felton
Assistant Stage Manager 2: Michelle Shea
To best protect your health, we have implementd physically-distanced seating for most of our season. We have reduced the number of tickets sold each showtime for Matilda the Musical, A Class Act, and A Raisin in the Sun. We plan to fully seat the theatre beginning with Beauty and the Beast.