British writer and director Clint Dyer, who is deputy artistic director of the National Theatre and director of West End musical Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, is working on a new stage project.
Baz in Deadline (see link below) is reporting that Dyer, and composer and musician Teddy Abrams, who is musical director of the Louisville Orchestra, are working together on a new musical based on the life story of world heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights campaigner Muhammad Ali.
The show, titled ALI, has the blessing of Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, and producers are aiming for a November 2024 opening on Broadway.
Clint Dyer directed the acclaimed production of This Is England at the National, and his forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s Othello opens in November 2022 starring Giles Terera as Othello and Paul Hilton as Iago.
Dyer is set to both write the book of the new musical and direct, with Abrams writing the score. The creators are also bringing in an African-American writer to work as co-lyricist on the project.
ALI’s lead producer is US-based producer Richard Willis, who brought UK hits Jerusalem and One Man, Two Guvnors to Broadway. Willis told Baz that it was going to be, “a show of shows. Right now it’s about getting the story going and understanding what we have to do.”
Abrams has form in creating work about Muhammad Ali, having wrote a rap-oratorio about his life in 2017.
ALI will be produced by Richard Willis, Brook T. Smith and TheTribecaWorkshop in collaboration with ABG Entertainment in partnership with Lonnie Ali.