Muhammad Ali

Musical based off life of Muhammad Ali, with music by Teddy Abrams, is Broadway bound

A Broadway-bound musical theater piece celebrating the life of boxing great and Louisville native Muhammad Ali is currently in production

Based on the life of the three-time world heavyweight champion, the production team for “Ali” includes Louisville Orchestra’s music director Teddy Abrams, who is composing the music for the show.

According to a statement from the production team, “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.”

The crew is still working on finalizing the details of the production but plans to begin casting soon.

The Louisville Orchestra coductor Teddy Abrams smiled while performing at Louisville's 4th of July celebration on the Great Lawn on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

The producing team anticipates holding the show’s world premiere in Ali’s hometown in the fall of 2024 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., before moving the show onto Broadway.

“Kentucky Performing Arts is incredibly proud to host the team creating this tribute to Muhammad Ali’s life and legacy. We look forward to the Fall of 2024, when ‘Ali’ is brought together and makes its world debut in The Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall,” Christian Adelberg, vice president of marketing and communications at Kentucky Performing Arts, told the Courier Journal. “As we did last August with the world premiere of the musical ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ a jukebox musical based on the music of singer Alanis Morrisette, The Kentucky Center venue is emerging as a place where exciting stage performances are not just being performed but also created. It’s only fitting this telling of Muhammad Ali’s life story begins in his hometown.”

In the meantime, you’ll find more information and the opportunity to sign up for updates on the show when you visit

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