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Friday, February 25, 2022

KIMBERLY AKIMBO To Transfer to Broadway in Fall 2022

 The Most Acclaimed New Musical of the Year

Is Coming to Broadway



To Transfer to Broadway in Fall 2022


Featuring the Celebrated Off-Broadway Company

Victoria Clark


Justin Cooley, Steven Boyer, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan

Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander, Nina White


Previews begin October 12

Opening Night November 10

At a Shubert Theater To Be Announced


Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Choreography by Danny Mefford

Direction by Jessica Stone



“What’s an Anagram for ‘Wonderful’?

Kimberly Akimbo is a funny, moving and powerful new musical with songs that beautifully tell us new things.  It’s the rare example of a good play that has become an even better musical.

Victoria Clark is one of our great singing actors, situating herself exactly where the two impossible arts intersect. In role after role she makes music not an afterthought to character, but the thought itself.”

– Jesse Green -


“A Sensational New Musical!

I am so, so, so glad I saw Kimberly Akimbo — it feels like a miracle, the funniest and most moving experience of my entire return to theatergoing. A choke-back-the-tears tale without a scintilla of schmaltz. Victoria Clark is so heartbreakingly *right* as Kimberly – I can’t get her performance out of my head. Composer Jeanine Tesori contributes touching and witty melodies to Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s words, as if the inspiration was pumped from a single heart, all smashingly directed by Jessica Stone. Kimberly Akimbo speaks directly to our moment, when time in the company of others feels particularly precious. It beseeches us to seize the day.”

– Peter Marks -


“Gorgeous! It can sometimes seem that there are no fresh musical-theater ideas, just revivals and adaptations of movies.  But Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s musical comedy deepens and enriches Lindsay-Abaire’s 2001 tragicomedy. Sweet and bitter, hilarious and touching, this outstandingly cast production is THE BEST NEW MUSICAL OF THE YEAR!”

– Helen Shaw -


“Clever, touching and idiosyncratic, Kimberly Akimbo is THE BEST NEW MUSICAL OF 2021 and Jessica Stone’s well-cast world-premiere production does it justice. The dark absurdist comedy of David Lindsay-Abaire’s original play remains, but it is tempered by Jeanine Tesori’s winding, agile melodies; material that might have been rendered merely as zany has a more human dimension. Mortality is in every beat of this show, but less like a clock than like a pulse.”

  • Adam Feldman -


“Best of the Year!

Sondheim is irreplaceable, but a leading contender as the dominant composer of musicals is Jeanine Tesori. Her latest revelation, Kimberly Akimbo - with David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his play of the same name - is a near perfect night of theater. It is very funny, sad and incredibly fresh.”

– Eben Shapiro -


“A funny, big-hearted new musical! Kimberly Akimbo is a delight, just what I needed.

So satisfying — every laugh and every teardrop honestly earned.

Victoria Clark is a National Treasure.”

– David Rooney - 


Named “Best of the Year”




It’s offical — the critically-lauded and wildly popular new musical, Kimberly Akimbo, will transfer to Broadway this fall, beginning previews on October 12th and officially opening on November 10th at a Shubert Theater to be announced. Kimberly Akimbo is being produced by David Stone, Atlantic Theater Company, James L. Nederlander, LaChanze, John Gore, Patrick Catullo and Aaron Glick.


A new musical with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, based on the critically-acclaimed play of the same name by David Lindsay-Abaire, choreographed by Danny Mefford, and directed by Jessica Stone, Kimberly Akimbo had its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company, where it opened to rave reviews this past fall.


The Broadway company of Kimberly Akimbo will feature the “sensational” (Washington Post) company from the Atlantic Theater world premiere production: Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Gigi) as Kimberly, Justin Cooley (who is making his Broadway debut), Tony Award nominee Steven Boyer (Hand to God, Time and the Conways), Alli Mauzey (Cry Baby, Wicked), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Olivia Elease Hardy (Broadway debut), Fernell Hogan (The Prom, Mean Girls US Tour), Michael Iskander (Broadway debut), and Nina White (Broadway debut)


Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.


The complete creative team, ticketing, and on-sale information will be announced in the coming weeks.



VICTORIA CLARK (Kimberly) is a Tony Award-winning actress, director and educator. Victoria’s experience spans across classical and contemporary idioms, encompassing both existing and new work, in plays, musicals, opera, film, and television. Acting: Twelve Broadway shows including The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Gigi (Tony, Helen Hayes nominations), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My EnemyThe Marriage of Bette and BooThe Agony and the AgonyMarathon DancingFollies (L.A.), Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, and Katisha in The Mikado, both at Carnegie Hall. International: Madame Sousatzska in Sousatzska. Film: The HappeningCradle Will RockOne Royal HolidayWanderlandArcheology of a Woman, HarvestTickling LeoMain Street. Television: “Pose,” “The Blacklist,” “Almost Family,” “Law & Order/SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,” and “Homeland.” Directing: The Dance of Death by August Strindberg (Classic Stage Company); “Come to Jesus,” for MasterVoices’ virtual production of Adam Guettel’s Myths and HymnsScaffolding by Jeff Blumenkrantz starring Rebecca Luker for Premieres! (Barrow Group Theater); Paper Piano by Mary Jo Shen (Joe’s Pub); Hansel and Gretl and Heidi And Günther (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals); Newton's Cradle, NAMT Festival, (Best Director); The Trouble With Doug (Fredericia Theater, Denmark); The Impresario (Philadelphia Opera Theater); Eight productions for Texas Opera Theater, the touring arm of Houston Grand Opera.


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JUSTIN COOLEY (Seth) will be making his Broadway debut with this production, after originating the role of Seth in the off-Broadway world premiere. A musical theatre student at Texas Christian University from Kansas City, he was a part of the 2021 Jimmy Awards and was featured as a finalist. He has starred in several shows around the Kansas City Metro area and his high school Olathe East, recent credits include Dmitry in Anastasia, Dennis in All Shook Up, and Terk in Tarzan.



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