Milk Like Sugar: Tonya Pinkins replaces Eisa Davis

Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam), currently starring in the World Premiere of Milk Like Sugar at La Jolla Playhouse [ends 25 Sep 2011], has joined the cast of the New York production.

Pinkins replaces the previously-announced Eisa Davis has had to withdraw from the New York production due to a filming commitment.

The New York premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar, opens at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 1 Nov 2011, following previews from 13 Oct, and closing on 20 Nov 2011.

Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Milk Like Sugar will also star Angela Lewis, J. Mallory-McCree Nikiya Mathis, Cherise Boothe, LeRoy McClain and Adrienne Moore - all of whom are reprising their roles from La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production.

With potential for more but nowhere to put it, sixteen-year-old Annie’s (Angela Lewis) got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future.

The design team includes Mimi Lien (set), Toni-Leslie James (costume), Justin Townsend (lighting) and Andre Pleuss (sound).

Milk Like Sugar is produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in a co-production with the Women’s Project.


Cherise Boothe (Talisha). Off-Broadway: 'Ruined' (MTC), 'Ohio State Murders' (TFANA), 'King Hedley II' (Signature), 'Huck and Holden' (Cherry Lane). TV: “The Good Wife” and “Gossip Girl.”

Tonya Pinkins (Myrna) won a Tony Award for her performance in' Jelly’s Last Jam,' and received Tony nominations for her performances in 'Play On!' and 'Caroline, or Change.' Other Broadway credits include the original 'Merrily We Roll Along,' 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold,' 'The Wild Party' and 'Radio Golf.' Television: "Livia Frye Cudahy" on “All My Children."

Angela Lewis (Annie). Off-Broadway: 'Inked Baby,' 'Pidgeon,' 'Brother/Sister Plays,' 'Unconditional,' 'Sand' and 'Hoodoo Love.'

Nikiya Mathis (Margie). New York Debut.

LeRoy McClain (Antwoine). Broadway: 'Cymbeline' and 'The History Boys.' Off-Broadway: 'Born Bad,' 'Measure for Measure,' 'Oroonoko,' 'Othello, The Good Negro' and 'Huck & Holden' (Cherry Lane). TV: “Rubicon” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

J. Mallory-McCree (Malik). Off-Broadway: 'Zooman and the Sign,' 'The Fabulous Miss Marie,' 'Subway Love,' 'Edna the Otter' and 'The Etymology of a Bird.'

Adrienne Moore (Keera). Off-Broadway: 'The 24 Hour Plays.'

Kirsten Greenidge (Playwright) was recently a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow. Her work includes Milk Like Sugar, 'Bossa Nova,' 'The Luck of the Irish,' 'Rust' and 'Sans Culottes in the Promised Land).'

Rebecca Taichman (Director). Off-Broadway: 'Orlando,' 'The Scene' and 'Stonewall Jackson's House.'

Tonya Pinkins as 'Myrna' (left)
and Angela Lewis as 'Annie' in the La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere production of Milk Like Sugar