All 3 Tony-Nominated Stars of Broadway's Kimberly Akimbo Had to Be Convinced to Take Their Roles | Playbill

Tony Awards All 3 Tony-Nominated Stars of Broadway's Kimberly Akimbo Had to Be Convinced to Take Their Roles

Find out why Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, and Bonnie Milligan were unsure about joining the now-Best Musical nominee in an appearance on CBS Mornings.

The three Tony-nominated stars of Broadway's Kimberly AkimboVictoria Clark, Justin Cooley, and Bonnie Milligan—joined CBS Mornings May 24 to talk about their work in the Best Musical nominee. According to this trio, all three initially had reservations about accepting the roles at all. Watch above to find out why.

The musical continues its run at the Booth Theatre.

With music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his play, Kimberly Akimbo follows Kimberly, a bright New Jersey teenager with an aging disease that makes her look like a 72-year-old lady even though she's just 16.

Directed by Jessica Stone and featuring choreography by Danny Mefford, the production began performances at Broadway's Booth Theatre October 12, 2022, and officially opened November 10 after a world premiere run Off-Broadway in 2021 via Atlantic Theater Company. Read the reviews for the Broadway bow here.

The complete Off-Broadway cast transferred with the musical to Broadway, led by Tony winner Clark in the title role. Also starring are Cooley in his Broadway debut, Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Alli Mauzey (Cry Baby, Wicked), Milligan (Head Over Heels), and Fernell Hogan (The Prom), plus Olivia Elease Hardy, Michael Iskander, and Nina White.

Stone's creative team also includes music director Chris Fenwick, orchestrator John Clancy (with additional orchestrations by Macy Schmidt), scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Lucy MacKinnon, and wig, hair, and make-up designer J. Jared Janas. The production is cast by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns.

Kimberly Akimbo is nominated for eight 2023 Tony Awards, including Best Musical—see the full list of nominees here. Winners for Broadway's top honors will be named June 11 at United Palace in Washington Heights, with the ceremony broadcasting live on CBS and streaming on Peacock. Visit for more about the Tony Awards.


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