Kimberly Akimbo

Kimberly Akimbo

The critically celebrated play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo, now becomes an exciting new musical. Lindsay-Abaire is joined by beloved composer Jeanine Tesori for Kimberly Akimbo, a must-see new musical about loneliness, found families, and creating some happiness when time is against you. Kimberly Akimbo transfers to Broadway in fall 2022. Kimberly Akimbo tickets are on sale soon.

Kim is a wonderful, charming New Jersey teen who just happens to look like a 72 year old woman. Kim suffers from a disease which causes her body to age nearly five times faster than most. Yet somehow, that might be the least of her problems. Kim’s family is collapsing as long-held secrets come out, and she’s caught up in crazy money making schemes which might put her in jail. With the help of her only friend, a teenage boy, can Kim figure it all out?

Kimberly Akimbo began as a play, written by Lindsay-Abaire and first produced at South Coast Repertory in 2001. The play was later produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club in 2003, earning rave reviews, particularly for its star Marylouise Burke. Burke played Kim, a teenager trapped in an older woman’s body. Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, also known for works such as Rabbit Hole and Good People

For the Kimberly Akimbo musical adaptation, Lindsay-Abaire has teamed up with Jeanine Tesori, a Tony Award winner for Fun Home and one of the most celebrated musical theater composers of her generation. Tesori has previously worked with Lindsay-Abaire on Shrek: The Musical, and her other works include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change, and Violet

Together, this dream team now crafts Kim’s singular and heartbreaking story into a must-see new musical. Kimberly Akimbo Off-Broadway will play at Atlantic Theater Company, which just a few years ago debuted new musical The Band’s Visit before it travelled to Broadway and won 10 Tony Awards. 

Tickets to Kimberly Akimbo are available soon.


About Kimberly Akimbo:

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.

David Lindsay-Abaire
Jessica Stone
Songs by:
Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire
Lap Chi Chu
Kai Harada
David Zinn
Danny Mefford
Sarah Laux
Cast list:
Victoria Clark as Kimberly, Steven Boyer as Buddy, Justin Cooley as Seth, Olivia Elease Hardy as Delia, Fernell Hogan II as Martin, Michael Iskander as Aaron, Alli Mauzey as Pattie, Bonnie Milligan as Debra, Nina White as Teresa
Other info:
Projection design by Lucy Mackinnon, Music direction by Chris Fenwick, Music contractor Antoine Silverman, Orchestrations by John Clancy, Additional orchestrations by Macy Schmidt, Hair and makeup design by Jared Janas
Kimberly Akimbo Performance Dates & Times
Fall 2022
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Latest Kimberly Akimbo News & Features

Photo credit: Kimberly Akimbo cast (Photo by Ahron Foster)
‘Kimberly Akimbo’ to transfer to Broadway in fall 2022
February 25, 2022

After an Off-Broadway engagement at Atlantic Theater Company, Kimberly Akimbo will transfer to Broadway in fall 2022. Kimberly Akimbo will begin previews at an unnamed theatre on October 12, ahead of an opening night on November 10. The Kimberly Akimbo musical is based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2003 play of the same name. The musical follows the title character, Kimberly, a New Jersey teen who looks like a septuagenarian. Her aging disease means she has to deal with family secrets, borderline personalities, and felony charges, but ultimately she just wants happiness.

Victoria Clark
'Kimberly Akimbo' musical announces full Off-Broadway casting
September 2, 2021

Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for Kimberly Akimbo, a new musical with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. The show is set to start preview performances November 5 ahead of a December 8 opening night, and it will run through December 26. Victoria Clark will play Kimberly, who won multiple awards, including a 2005 Tony Award for her role as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza. Her other Broadway credits include roles in Gigi, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Sister Act, all of which earned her Tony nominations.

Our Kimberly Akimbo Review

In the opening moment of Kimberly Akimbo, a misfit New Jersey teenager waiting for a ride home stretches her candy choker into her mouth and chomps down on it. Such a kid thing to do. It’s a perfect start to this funny-sad musical treat by composer Jeanine Tesori and writer and lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his play. Like the nibbled necklace, the show gives you something to chew on... Read more