Muhammad Ali musical to premiere in Chicago next year

“Ali,” a new bio-musical celebrating the life and legacy of the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the most celebrated athletes of the 20th century, will premiere next year at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

The musical by writer/director Clint Dyer and composer Teddy Abrams chronicles the champ’s career from his early days as Cassius Clay through his transformation into Muhammad Ali as well as pivotal moments during his life including his advocacy for civil rights and social justice.

Producer Richard Willis said it is fitting that “Ali” premieres on Chicago’s South Side, which he said held a special place in the fighter’s heart.

“We are thrilled to be working with everyone at Broadway In Chicago to bring this powerful new musical to such a passionate, theater-loving audience that will help us shape the show’s future,” Willis said.

“Ali” will be part of the upcoming Broadway in Chicago subscription series. Current subscribers can renew in August and new subscribers can subscribe beginning in September.

Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date for the musical, which will run April 22 through May 18, 2025.

Tickets for groups of 10 and more are now available at (312) 977-1710 or by emailing group sales at See

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