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‘Kimberly Akimbo’ to host Broadway debuts of New York City high school show choirs

Three special performances will take place beginning on May 18.

(l to r) Michael Iskander, Justin Cooley, Victoria Clark, Nina White, Olivia Hardy and Fernell Hogan in “Kimberly Akimbo” (Credit: Joan Marcus)

“Kimberly Akimbo” has announced a partnership with the New York City Public Schools Theater Program to host the Broadway debuts of three high school show choirs. Students will perform a song from the musical’s score that they have arranged.

On May 18, Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts students will perform “This Time.” Singers from the Professional Performing Arts High School will then take the stage on May 25 with “Better.” The final special performance on June 1 will feature the Talent Unlimited High School singing “Skater Planet.” The schools were chosen with the help of Peter Avery, the director of theater for New York City public schools.

“We so appreciate the producers helping to make the show accessible for NYC public school students,” Avery said in a statement.  “It is even more inspiring for them to invite some of our young artists to perform on the very stage where the ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ Broadway cast performs nightly.”

Nominated for eight Tony Awards, “Kimberly Akimbo” opened on Nov. 10, 2022. Directed by Jessica Stone, the musical features music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, who also wrote the book based on his play of the same name.

The production recently announced a new annual grant program called the Great Adventure Grants, offering financial support to three individual high schools to help fund their musical theater productions in the upcoming school year.

“Kimberly Akimbo” is produced on Broadway by David Stone, Atlantic Theater Company, James L. Nederlander, LaChanze, John Gore, Patrick Catullo and Aaron Glick.