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Ludacris and Paula Abdul will make Broadway producing debuts with ‘How to Dance in Ohio’

The new musical opens at the Belasco Theatre on Dec. 10.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Paula Abdul (Credit: Courtesy of Vivacity Media)

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Paula Abdul have been added to the producing team of “How to Dance in Ohio.” The new musical began previews on Nov. 15. Opening night is set for Dec. 10 at the Belasco Theatre.

Ludacris and Abdul join a roster of producers led by P3 Productions (Ben Holzman, Sammy Lopez and Fiona Shaw Rudin) and Level Forward.

“I am excited to make my Broadway debut as a co-producer on this groundbreaking production,” said Ludacris in a statement. “‘How to Dance in Ohio’ is as joyful as live theater can get!”  

“I had such an amazing time watching this exceptional cast shine in their rehearsals,” Abdul added. “History is being made on Broadway with this heartwarming show, and I’m proud and thrilled to be a co-producer.”

Three-time Grammy Award winner Ludacris is a rapper and actor. He is known for his singles “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” As a performer, he was featured in the role of Tej in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. Ludacris is the creator of the animated musical comedy series “Karma’s Choice,” which follows a Black middle school-aged girl as she finds her place in the world through music.

Abdul’s career as a singer, dancer and choreographer began over three decades ago, with the 1988 launch of her debut album “Forever Your Girl.” A Grammy Award winner for her song “Opposites Attract,” Abdul has won an Emmy Award for her choreographic efforts on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” She was one of the original judges on “American Idol,” serving from 2002 to 2009. 

Set in Columbus, Ohio, “How to Dance in Ohio” follows the joy and challenges of seven autistic young adults as they not only prepare for their first formal dance, but also as they prepare for adulthood. Featuring a book and lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik and music by Jacob Yandura, “Ohio” is directed by Sammi Cannold.