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Ken Ludwig is a prolific playwright known for his witty and fast-paced comedies. Born in York, Pennsylvania in 1950, Ludwig studied music and theater at Haverford College and later attended Harvard Law School. However, he ultimately decided to pursue a career in writing and began his playwriting career in the 1980s.

Ludwig's breakthrough came in 1986 with the premiere of his play "Lend Me a Tenor," which opened on London's West End before transferring to Broadway. The play, a farce set in 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, tells the story of a world-famous tenor who is mistakenly given a double dose of tranquilizers before a big performance. "Lend Me a Tenor" was a critical and commercial success, earning Ludwig a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and establishing him as a major force in American theater.

Following the success of "Lend Me a Tenor," Ludwig continued to write successful plays that were produced on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. His plays are known for their clever wordplay, intricate plots, and fast-paced action. Some of his most popular works include "Crazy for You," a musical featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, and "Moon Over Buffalo," a farce about a dysfunctional theater troupe.

In addition to his work in the theater, Ludwig has also written for film and television. He wrote the screenplay for the 1994 film "My Boyfriend's Back" and has written episodes of the television shows "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." He has also written several books for young readers, including the popular "Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" series.

Despite his success in other mediums, Ludwig remains best known for his work in the theater. His plays have been produced in more than 30 countries and have been translated into over 20 languages. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Helen Hayes Award, the Edgar Award, and the Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theatre.

Ludwig's most recent work is the play "The Gods of Comedy," which premiered at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey in 2019. The play tells the story of a classics professor who invokes the gods of comedy in an effort to save her job and her love life. "The Gods of Comedy" received positive reviews from critics and is expected to have a future life in regional theaters across the country.

In conclusion, Ken Ludwig is a talented and prolific playwright whose work has entertained audiences around the world. His clever wordplay, intricate plots, and fast-paced action have made him a favorite among theatergoers and critics alike. With his most recent work, "The Gods of Comedy," Ludwig continues to demonstrate his ability to create engaging and entertaining plays that are sure to delight audiences for years to come.

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Asolo Repertory Theatre and Playwright Ken Ludwig Team Up for New Play LADY MOLLY OF SCOTLAND YARD

Asolo Repertory Theatre is teaming with one of the world’s most produced playwrights, Ken Ludwig, for his newest play Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. Learn more about the partnership and about the new play!

Cast Set For PlayMakers Production of Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present production of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Will Embark on New UK and Ireland Tour

Ken Ludwig's adaptation of Agatha Christie MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS will embark on UK and Ireland tour. It will open on 6 September at the Lowry in Salford and will continue through to 2025, finishing on 26 April at Brighton Theatre Royal.

Video: First Look At Gender-Swapped Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A SOPRANO at Olney Theatre Center

Get a first look at Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Soprano, a gender-swapped adaptation of his 1989 Broadway hit, Lend Me A Tenor, runs in the Roberts Mainstage at Olney Theatre Center February 7 - March 10, 2024.

FOREVER PLAID, FULLY COMMITTED & More Set for Florida Repertory Theatre 2024-25 Season

Florida Repertory Theatre has unveiled its 27th Season in the Historic Arcade and ArtStage Studio Theatres which opens to previews on September 17. See which shows are a part of the lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.

T.J. Young's SPERM DONOR WANTED (OR, THE UNNAMED BABY PLAY) to Open at The Chain Theatre in April

Theatre 4the People will present the World Premiere of Sperm Donor Wanted (or, The Unnamed Baby Play) by T.J. Young at The Chain Theatre. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Review: LEND ME A SOPRANO at Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center's Roberts Mainstage is presenting Ken Ludwig's 'Lend Me a Soprano' through March 10. This is a reimagining (by the author) of Ludwig's Tony-winning farce 'Lend Me a Tenor,' a staple of professional, community, and school theatres nationwide...which I've somehow never seen.  As the change in the title suggests, the production is gender-swapped; the male roles in the original are female in the new version and vice versa. Having not seen the original, I cannot speak to the difference in effect in the new version, but can only evaluate 'Soprano' on its own merits...and it has many merits.


Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. 

Full Cast Set For THE WHO'S TOMMY on Broadway

Complete casting has been announced for the newly reimagined Broadway production of The Who’s TOMMY.  Find out who is starring in the show here!

Photos: First Look at LEND ME A TENOR at The Farmington Players Barn

Farmington Players Barn has released a first look at their production of Lend Me a Tenor. The play opens Friday February 9th and runs through Saturday the 24th in Farmington Hills. Check out photos from the production here!

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING World Premiere & More Set for Ogunquit Playhouse 2024 Season

Ogunquit Playhouse has unveiled their 92nd season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Video: Watch Footage from PICTURES FROM HOME at Alley Theatre

The Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre and Artistic Director Rob Melrose have released video footage from their production of Pictures from Home, now in performances through Sunday, February 11. Watch the footage here!

Photos: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Opens Tonight At The NorShor

Ken Ludwig's snappy adaptation of one of the most popular mysteries of all time, Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, opens at the NorShor Theatre on Friday, January 26th and closes Sunday, February 11th. See photos of the production.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Marx Brothers at Walnut Street Theatre with GROUCHO: A LIFE IN REVUE

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Marx Brothers' historic three-month run at the Walnut with this hilarious and moving tribute to 'The Kings of Comedy.'

World Premiere of Tina Howe's Final Play WHERE WOMEN GO to be Presented at at HERE Mainstage in February

The Tent Theater Company, in association with Concord Theatricals, will present the premiere production of Tina Howe’s final play, Where Women Go, running February 9-25 at HERE Mainstage.

Cast Set for Peninsula Players Theatre's THE NATURE PLAYS

Peninsula Players Theatre has revealed the cast for its first offering of The Play's the Thing, the theater's winter play reading series presented to Door County audiences.

Winners Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld Michigan Awards

Winners have been announced for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Michigan Awards! See who was selected audience favorite in Michigan! Winners include The Croswell Opera House, Tibbits Opera House and more.

IDAN PIKAJUNAN ARVOITUS is Now Playing at Tampere

Agatha Christien Idän pikajunan arvoitus (Murder on the Orient Express, 1934) on yksi Christien mielikuvituksellisimmista ja tunnetuimmista dekkareista. Sen poikkeuksellinen loppuratkaisu, värikäs hahmogalleria sekä jännittävä tapahtumapaikka ovat kirvoittaneet useita sovituksia valkokankaalle ja televisioon.

Concord Theatricals Launches A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition For Schools In Under-Resourced Communities

Concord Theatricals is launching A CHORUS LINE Licensing Competition for schools in under-resourced communities nationwide.

Thalia's Umbrella to Present MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN MAN, By DW Gregory

Thalia's Umbrella will present MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN MAN, a NW premiere by DW Gregory. Don't miss this captivating new play!


Ken Ludwig has written 6 shows including Lend Me a Tenor (Playwright), Crazy for You (Conceiver), Moon Over Buffalo (Playwright), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Bookwriter), The Gershwins' An American In Paris (Bookwriter), Murder on the Orient Express (Adaptation).

Ken Ludwig has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol," Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Crazy for You," and Comedy of the Year at the Olivier Awards for "Lend Me A Tenor." These nominations highlight Ludwig's talent and recognition in the theater industry.

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