January 27 - February 7

A Class Act

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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.”
Click here for a statement from Artistic Director Joseph C. Walsh.

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

Cast

Ed: Sean Powell

Lucy: Valerie Torres Rosario

Bobby / Michael: Gavin Waid

Felicia: Tay Anderson

Lehman: Terry E. Thomas

Charley / Marvin : Russell Stephens

Mona: Sarah Beth Ganey

Sophie: Lillie Eliza Thomas

Production Team

Director: Joseph C. Walsh

Apprentice Director: Alexander LaPlante

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

Master Electrician: David Clenney

Master Carpenter: John Phillip Sublette

Assistant Carpenter: Justin Harmon

Scenic Artist: Isabella Cellucci

Audio Engineer: Cheyenne Dalton

Costume & Makeup Run Crew Chief: Rosibel Hernandez

Spot Operator: Tom Limbacher

*Member, United Scenic Artists

reviews

“The amazing talent you have here should be seen by everyone.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“The second act was exceptional. The last song was very emotional and got to both me and my husband. Talented actors with great voices. The show was well cast and each actor brought a unique aspect to the show.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Outstanding actors, wonderful script and music, cleverly staged by a creative director.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Loved this show! Great casting!” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Director Joseph C. Walsh has made this little show a compelling one, full of moments of human frailty, empathy and connection — whether you know the first thing about Broadway or not.”

Critic’s Pick: ‘A Class Act’ shines light on hidden gems | Review – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“Under Joseph C. Walsh’s sensitive direction, the show’s humor and pathos come across… A Class Act presents a touching and honest portrait of an individual who was instrumental in bringing us one of the greatest shows in musical theater history.”

‘A Class Act shines at the Garden Theatre near Orlando | Review – Aaron Krause, Theatrical Musings

Seating Changes

To best protect your health, we have implemented physically-distanced seating for most of our season. We have reduced the number of tickets sold each showtime for A Class Act, and A Raisin in the Sun, and Godspell. 

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Learn more about Garden Theatre’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies here.