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Creating the Musical Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway

Theatre Mania

It takes a village to make a musical, but that village is exactly what David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori were trying to run away from. The two writers had worked together on Shrek the Musical — a massive production even by Broadway standards — and, for their next project, wanted to do something much more compact.

They settled on another adaptation, this time of one of Lindsay-Abaire's plays. Kimberly Akimbo, which premiered in New York in 2003 via Manhattan Theatre Club, is the life-affirming story of a teenager with an aging disorder that makes her look 70, and her wacky, self-absorbed family.

Acclaimed as a play, Kimberly Akimbo is even more well-regarded as a musical. It won practically every off-Broadway award in sight for its 2021 run at the Atlantic Theater Company, and now makes it Broadway premiere at the Booth Theatre with a cast led by Victoria Clark.

Here, Lindsay-Abaire (book/lyrics), Tesori (score), director Jessica Stone, and choreographer Danny Mefford tell us about building and rebuilding this quirky world...READ MORE

Author: David Gordon


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