“A Class Act” at McPherson Theatre
Sept. 24, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts will present
the musical about musicals, “A Class Act,” written by Linda Kline and Lonny Price
and music and lyrics by Edward Kleban. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. from
Tuesday, Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 12 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at McPherson Theatre
(2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
Tickets are available for purchase at the McPherson Box Office (309-556-3232). General
admission tickets are $12 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday shows and $14
for Friday and Saturday. Admission for students and faculty with a school ID is $2
for all showings.
“A Class Act” is a semi-autobiographical story about composer and lyricist Edward
Kleban, who was most famous for receiving the 1976 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for
Drama for the lyrics to “A Chorus Line.” Kleban’s hilarious, yet heartbreaking journey
is dramatized in the musical, which features Kleban’s never-before produced songs.
Using the combination of flashbacks and reverse-time, “A Class Act” provides a behind
the scenes glimpse at the creation and production of a musical.
Associate Professor of Theater Arts Jean MacFarland Kerr will direct the production,
alongside Assistant Director Sarah Menke and Assistant Choreographer Brittany Ambler.
Cast members include: Ben Mulgrew (Ed Kleban), Alec Sutton (Lehman Engel), Marek Zurowski
(Bobby), Ian Stewart (Michael Bennett), Jordan Lipes (Charley), Evan Dolan (Marvin
Hamlisch/Rudy), Carlos Medina (Dr. Nodine/Don), Tyler Stacey (Jean-Claude Chevray/Fred),
Heather Priedhorsky (Sophie), Mandi Corrao (Felicia Lipshitz), Kayla White (Lucy),
Brittany Amber (Mona), Kelsey Bearman (Vera), Julia Cicchino (Ginger), Erica Werner
(Cyd), Chris Long (Understudy-Ed).
For additional information, contact the McPherson Box Office at (309) 556-3232 or
visit the School of Theatre Arts website at www.iwu.edu/theatre
Contact: Tia Patsavas ‘16 (309) 556-3181, email@example.com