“Kimberly Akimbo,” a musical comedy about a young girl with a disease that causes rapid aging, will move to Broadway next fall.
Program, based on a play by David Lindsay-Abairehad its first Off Broadway run late last year at the Atlantic Theater Company, where it ran through the crest of the coronavirus Omicron surge and was greeted by strong evaluate. Jesse Green, in The New York Times, called it “Fun and moving.”
Music stars Victoria Clark, a 62-year-old actress who plays a 15-year-old girl who faces not only a state of distress – a condition that limits her life – but also life with a ridiculous family.
“It’s a coming-of-age story, but an unusual one because the clock is ticking as it starts to go,” Clark said in an interview. “She had only a very limited amount of time left and what drew me to her was her cheerfulness, and watching how someone can win over someone you least expect to succeed. .”
Clark, who starred with a group of much younger actors, said playing a young man had a profound effect on her.
“There is a boldness and rawness of adolescence, and a balance between holding back and continuing to do it,” said Clark, who won a Tony Award in 2005 for “The Light in the Piazza.” . “This character taught me the beauty of being impulsive, and the beauty of being present, and not just accepting your fate. After the show, I just wanted to run away to find the people I love and tell them how much they mean to me.”
The program has music by Jeanine TesoriTony Award-winning composer of “Fun house“And a book and lyrics by Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her play”Rabbit Hole. It was directed by Jessica Stone, a longtime actress making her Broadway directorial debut, and choreographed by Danny Mefford (“Dear Evan Hansen”).
The Broadway cast will feature the same cast as the Off Broadway production, including Steven Boyer (“Hand to God”) and Alli Mauzey (“Cry-Baby”) as the protagonist’s parents, Bonnie Milligan ( “Head Over Heels”) as her aunt and Justin Cooley debuted as one of her classmates.
“Kimberly Akimbo” is scheduled to begin previews on October 12 and premieres on November 10 at an unspecified Shubert theater. The main producer is David Stone, who is also the main producer of “Wicked”; Other producers include actress LaChanze and theater owner James L. Nederlander, as well as Patrick Catullo, Aaron Glick and Atlantic Theater Company.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/theater/kimberly-akimbo-broadway.html Musical ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ to premiere on Broadway next fall