Grammy Award-winning artist Q-Tip has joined the creative team of Ali, the Muhammad Ali musical. Q-Tip will serve as music producer and co-lyricist for the Broadway-aimed musical, which will debut at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in Fall 2024.
As previously announced, Clint Dyer (Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical) is penning the book with Teddy Abrams composing the score. Dyer will direct the world premiere, which will feature choreography and fight choreography by Rich + Tone Talauega (MJ), set design by Olivier winner and Tony nominee Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), costume design by Tony nominee Emilio Sosa (Sweeney Todd), lighting design by Tony nominee Jen Schriever (A Strange Loop), video, projections, and media design by Tony nominee Tal Yarden (Network) and Gino Ricardo Green (Get Up, Stand Up!), sound effects design by Ben Grant (Get Up, Stand Up!). Serving as creative dramaturge will be Fred Carl, and former Middleweight Champion Michael "Silk" Olajide, Jr. will serve as special boxing consultant and fight coordinator. Casting is by Jim Carnahan.
Additional members of the creative and design teams will be announced at a later date.
Muhammad Ali's childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, set the stage for him to become not only the greatest boxer of all time, but also an activist, entertainer, artist, and philanthropist. His combination of courage, confidence, swagger, compassion, humor, and optimism united people during the Civil Rights Movement, and his vision for a world without hate inspired generations of activists.
Ali is produced by Richard Willis, Brook T. Smith, David & Michelle Campbell, and TheTribecaWorkshop in collaboration with ABG Entertainment in partnership with Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali.