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Exclusive: ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ launches school grant initiative

The Great Adventure Grants will fund three local high school musical theater productions next year.

(L-R) Michael Iskander, Nina White, Bonnie Milligan, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan II in “Kimberly Akimbo” on Broadway (Credit: Ahron Foster)

Broadway’s “Kimberly Akimbo” has announced a new annual grant program called the Great Adventure Grants. The program will offer grants to three individual high schools to help fund their musical theater productions in the upcoming school year.

Named for the musical’s final song “Great Adventure,” these grants will be distributed each year to support arts education and youth musical theater.

The 2023 grant recipients are the Denzel Washington School of the Arts in Mount Vernon, New York; the High Tech High School in Secaucus, New Jersey; and the Pan American International High School in Queens, New York. Each school will receive $10,000 to cover costs such as licensing, production and more.

“Like the aspiring show-choir characters in ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ student performers need financial support to help realize their dreams,” said the musical’s Tony-nominated director Jessica Stone in a statement. “We are very proud to be able to support these three public school arts programs and look forward to seeing their fully realized productions next year.”

“Kimberly Akimbo” is nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.