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Review: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ is a triumphant new musical on Broadway

“Kimberly Akimbo,” starring Tony winner Victoria Clark in the lead role, is a triumphant new musical on Broadway.

Victoria Clark in 'Kimberly Akimbo' on Broadway
Victoria Clark in 'Kimberly Akimbo' on Broadway. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Victoria Clark in 'Kimberly Akimbo' on Broadway. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

“Kimberly Akimbo,” starring Tony winner Victoria Clark in the lead role, is a captivating new musical production on Broadway.

Kimberly Levaco is a bright and funny teen from New Jersey, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady due to a rare genetic disorder. And yet her aging condition may be the least of her problems. She is forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and a possible federal offense, yet Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.

It is based on the play of the same name by David Lindsay-Abaire (who wrote the lyrics for the musical), while composer and arranger Jeanine Tesori wrote the memorable music.

This riveting musical is directed by Jessica Stone, with Danny Mefford helming its choreography.

Alli Mauzey is witty as Kim’s mother Pattie, who has both of her arms in a cast, and is ready to give birth in any day. Steven Boyer plays her father, Buddy, a functioning alcoholic. Justin Cooley is sensational as Kim’s true friend Seth.

Bonnie Milligan delivers a powerhouse performance as Kim’s aunt, Debra, who steals every scene she is in thanks to her dynamic vocals and tremendous range, as she gets Kim and her friends involved in her dirty tactics.

Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander and Nina White round out the cast as Kim’s classmates Delia, Martin, Aaron, and Teresa respectively.

Clark does a solid job showcasing the brevity of her complex and layered character as Kim is not afraid to make decisions under pressure. She is able to build the character from within and breathe fresh live into Kim in a refreshing and organic manner. The entire production is rich in symbolism, if one pays close attention.

The Verdict

Overall, “Kimberly Akimbo” is a superb musical from start to finish. It is raw, sincere, quirky, and melancholically beautiful. There is something in it for everybody. Victoria Clark pulls off the crowning performance of her career in the protagonist role.

The entire ensemble cast of actors is remarkable. It is poignant, and it should have Tony written all over it. “Kimberly Akimbo” garners an A rating.

To learn more about “Kimberly Akimbo,” check out the musical’s official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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