"A Class Act" by Edward Kleban, Linda Kline and Lonny Price

"A Class Act" is a musical with music and lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price. It was first produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the New York City Center - Stage II and later moved to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.

The musical is based on the life of composer-lyricist Ed Kleban, who died at the age of 48 in 1987. The musical uses flashbacks and the device of time running backwards to retrace the high and low points of Kleban's personal and professional life.

The production was stitched together by Kleban's friend Kline and by Price using a trunkful of songs that Kleban wrote for a number of musicals that never were produced.


Time: 1958-1988
Place: The stage of the Shubert Theatre and other locations

In 1988, a memorial service to Ed Kleban is being held at the Shubert Theatre. Ed appears at his own memorial. His friends and colleagues remember him and think back over the past. As the time shifts backwards, the friends reminisce about the songwriting workshop held by Lehman Engel (B.M.I. Workshop). As Ed interacts with the people in his life, he deals with ambitions, success, failures, and loves.

In addition to serving as a tribute to one of the award-winning collaborators of A Chorus Line, A Class Act provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how a musical is created and brought to the stage and offers a warning about how an artist’s personal life—including struggles with mental illness and cancer—can interfere with, obstruct, and doom his professional pursuits.

Act I, Scene I The Shubert Theatre 1988
Act I, Scene II Hillside Hospital 1958
Act I, Scene III The Shubert Theatre 1988
Act I, Scene IV The BMI Workshop 1966
Act I, Scene V various 1966-1968
Act I, Scene VI Columbia Records 1967
Act I, Scene VII The Shubert Theatre 1988
Act I, Scene VIII Outside the O'Keefe Theatre, Toronto 1970
Act II, Scene I Shubert Theatre / BMI Workshop 1988 / 1971
Act II, Scene II Sophie's Lab 1972
Act II, Scene III Central Park 1973
Act II, Scene IV Michael Bennett's Studio 1973
Act II, Scene V The Public Theatre 1975
Act II, Scene VI various 1975-1985
Act II, Scene VII Sophie's Lab 1985
Act II, Scene VIII The BMI Workshop 1986
Act II, Scene IX St. Vincent's Hospital 1987
Act II, Scene X Shubert Theatre 1988


Name Age Gender Race
Mona F white
Lucy F white
Lehman M white
Sophie F white
Bobby M white
Felicia F white
Ed M white
Charley M white

Production History

Opening Venue Company
Mar 11, 2001 Ambassador Theatre broadway
Oct 3, 2000 NYCC - Stage 2 Manhattan Theatre Club
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