Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
A Musical About Musicals
What turns a musical into a class act? Is it the writer, director, actors? Or perhaps it is the person who inspired the story in the first place.
Edward Kleban was an American Tony Award winning lyricist who died an untimely death at the age of 48 due to throat cancer. Despite his success, there were many songs he wrote that never made it to stage, but in 2000 the director, Lonny Price, wrote A Class Act, an uncharacteristically joyous requiem, celebrating the hilarious, passionate and ultimately heartbreaking journey of Kleban's life. The dramatised memorial musical provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how musicals are created, while integrating many of Edward Kleban's unused songs.
Thirteen years after its debut, A Class Act is now being performed at Landor Theatre until the 13th May, with evening performances Tuesday – Thursday, and Saturday at 7.30pm, and Friday at 7pm. Matinees will be at 3pm on weekends, with tickets costing £20 or £18 concessions.