New York, NY – Richard Willis, lead producer of ALI, the new musical celebrating the life and
legacy of the heavyweight boxing champion and humanitarian Muhammad Ali, has announced the World
Premiere of ALI will be presented in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts,
in Fall 2024. Additional members of the creative and design team have also been announced.
Willis said “We are proud to announce these extraordinarily gifted artists joining the ALI creative team. We look
forward to the collaboration, as we build the most innovative and entertaining musical possible, in celebration
of the great man’s life and legacy. We are also beyond delighted to announce the show's world premiere will
take place in the great city of Louisville, where it all began. It is going to be an incredibly special event for
everyone involved, and we hope to bring joy and healing to all Louisvillians, in light of the senseless tragedies
over the past week.”
Clint Dyer, ALI director and book writer, added “I am excited and inspired to be aligned with this incredible
group of artists, and we are thrilled that a casting search for the role of Muhammad Ali is underway.”
Teddy Abrams said “I am absolutely thrilled that we will be premiering ALI in Louisville, the shared hometown
of Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, the Louisville Orchestra, and myself! I am honored to be working alongside the
exceptionally talented artists on our creative team and I can’t wait for us to share this production with the world.
Muhammad cared deeply for Louisville his entire life, and I know that he would be very happy that we’ll be
celebrating his story at the Kentucky Center in the fall of 2024!”
Joining the previously announced director and book writer Clint Dyer (Deputy Artistic Director of the National
Theatre; Othello; Olivier Award®-nominated Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical; Death of
England/Death of England: Delroy), and composer Teddy Abrams (youngest Musical Director to lead a major
American Orchestra, Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Award for 2022), ALI will feature
Choreography/Fight Choreography by Rich + Tone Talauega (MJ The Musical), Set Design by Anna Fleischle
(Olivier Award® Winner, Tony Award® Nominee - Hangmen, Once Upon a One More Time, Time Traveller’s
Wife), Costume Design by Emilio Sosa (Sweeney Todd, 2-time Tony Award® Nominee for Trouble In Mind and
The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Lighting Design by Jen Schriever (A Strange Loop - Tony Award® Nominee,
1776), Video/Projections/Media Design by Tal Yarden (Network – Tony Award® Nominee, Sunday in the Park
with George) and Gino Ricardo Green (Get Up Stand Up, The National Theatre’s Othello), Sound Effects
Design by Ben Grant (The National Theatre’s Othello, Get Up Stand Up). The Associate Director is Asmeret
Ghebremichael (The Notebook, Dreamgirls), Creative Dramaturge is Fred Carl (Associate Arts Professor in the
NYU Tisch Graduate School for Musical Theatre Writing), Special Boxing Consultant and Fight Coordinator is
Michael “Silk” Olajide, Jr. (former Middleweight Champion; trained by Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali’s World
Champion trainer; Blade to the Heat; Fetch Clay, Make Man), and Casting Director is Jim Carnahan. Additional
members of the creative and design teams will be announced soon.
ALI is produced by Richard Willis, Brook T. Smith, David & Michelle Campbell, and TheTribecaWorkshop
in collaboration with ABG Entertainment in partnership with Lonnie Ali. In telling Muhammad Ali’s
story, ALI will utilize the musical theatre medium to explore the life of the man who overcame tremendous odds
to become the G.O.A.T and who used his platform to become one of the most influential and inclusive civil
rights leaders the world may ever know.
Deemed “The Greatest of All Time,” Ali was born in 1942 and raised during the early years of television and the
American dream. His childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, along with the love and devotion from his mother (and
later from his wife Lonnie), set the stage for him to become not only the greatest boxer of all time, as well as an
activist, entertainer, artist, and philanthropist. Ali’s combination of courage, confidence, swagger, compassion,
humor and optimism united people during The American Civil Rights Movement, and his vision for a world without
hate inspired generations of activists who continue to inspire today’s generation.
Casting will be announced soon. For more information, visit thealimusical.com.