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A Class Act

Fourteen years after his death, one of the theater's unsung champions finally got the recognition he always deserved in this vibrant musical about musicals.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 20th Century
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2001 Obie Award for Best Music and Lyrics
    Nominee! 2001 Drama Desk Awards; 3 Nominations
    Nominee! 2001 Tony Awards for Best Musical; Best Score (Edward Kleban); Best Book (Linda Kline and Lonny Price); Best Actress (Randy Graff); Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman)
The Tony Award winning lyricist of A CHORUS LINE was hell-bent on writing both the words and music for a Broadway show, a goal unrealized in 1987 when he died of cancer at the age of 48. Only posthumously would Ed's songs garner the acclaim they always deserved, in the biographical musical A CLASS ACT.

Ed got his start in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop where he largely amasses the charismatic songbook that has been arranged in A CLASS ACT to dramatize Ed's often hilarious, ultimately heartbreaking journey. An ensemble of 7 inhabit the colorful gallery of friends and loved ones in Ed's life including the legendarily acerbic Lehman Engle, the relentlessly peppy Marvin Hamlisch, and ├╝ber-creative Michael Bennett.

Fourteen years after his death, one of the theater's unsung champions finally got the recognition he always deserved in this vibrant musical about musicals.


"A CLASS ACT is moving and funny, a celebration of music, friendship, and musical theatre... a tender and affecting evening. Rarely has there ever been a more deserving showcase to honor the juice, the impact, the very nature of creativity.”

Live Design

"It's been a very long time since I've seen a musical with as much heart as A CLASS ACT. This bittersweet show, which serves as biography of and tribute to composer-lyricist Edward Kleban, is exactly what its title says it is--pure gold, from start to finish, without a single false note. This is the loveliest new score of the season- I can't wait to listen to the C.D.”

Martin Denton

"This is the first show of any genre I've seen this season that brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes."

Elyse Sommer CurtainUp

"Hope, after all, is something that real musical theater, like A CLASS ACT does best."

The New York Times

"A CLASS ACT glories in the intricate workings of the musical theater world."


“One of the best tunes in the production is "Paris Through the Window," a whimsically nostalgic song about looking back to sweeter days. It will remind anyone familiar with A CHORUS LINE that Kleban was especially good at writing songs that make the heart shiver.”

Lee Williams Houston Press

“A CLASS ACT is an entertaining piece of theater. However, this show is more than just a pleasurable musical. It is also a look at an artist who made an everlasting impact on the world of musical theater.”

"In this day and age you can't help but be sympathetic to a musical that relies entirely on such old-fashioned pillars as song and dance and story to support the contention that yes, this is entertainment."

The New York Times

“Chances are you’ve never heard of Ed Kleban. But after seeing A CLASS ACT, chances are extraordinarily good that you’ll never forget his name. Or his songs."

Metro Weekly
  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: Doubling is used for all characters except the roles of Ed Kleban, Lehman Engel and Sophie.

ED KLEBAN - an aspiring songwriter
LEHMAN ENGEL - leader of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop
BOBBY - a drummer and would-be songwriter
MICHAEL BENNETT - charismatic choreographer and director
CHARLEY - an aspiring songwriter
MARVIN HAMLISCH - the composer at age 29
DR. NODINE - a psychiatrist at a mental hospital. (non-speaking role)
JEAN-CLAUDE CHEVRAY - Sophie's boyfriend, suave and confident
SOPHIE - Ed's first love
FELICIA LIPSHITZ - an aspiring songwriter
SECOND GIRL in 'Light on my Feet'
DANCER TWO in 'A Chorus Line'
LUCY - an aspiring singer/songwriter
DANCER ONE in 'A Chorus Line'
MONA - an aspiring songwriter, seductive and kittenish
FIRST GIRL in 'Light on my Feet'
DANCER THREE in 'A Chorus Line'

Name Price
Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

1 x Libretto
1 x Keyboard/Piano-Conductor Score

Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

20 x Libretto
12 x Keyboard/Piano-Conductor Score

$550.00 +$135.00/pm
Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

1 x Keyboard I
1 x Keyboard II (Synthesizer)
1 x Percussion (Crash Cymbal, 2 Timpani (A&D), Triangle, Bells (Glock), Suspended Cymbal, Slide Whistle, Bell Tree, Cabasa, Crotales, Shaker (Egg) & Drum Kit)
1 x Reed I (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
1 x Reed II (Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
1 x Trumpet I (Flugelhorn)
1 x Trumpet II (Flugelhorn)
1 x Trombone
1 x Bass (Electric and Acoustic)

$350.00 +$135.00/pm