Tony Award-winning actor Victoria Clark has announced a change to her performance schedule in “Kimberly Akimbo.” Clark won a Tony Award for her performance as Kimberly Lovaco in the Tony-winning Best Musical. Per a post on Clark’s personal Instagram, she says she will “cut back” on her previous eight-performance-week playing schedule. Clark did not specify beyond this.
“Kimberly Akimbo” is the story of Kimberly Lovaco, a teenage girl trying to live a normal life in suburban New Jersey. But not only must she contend with a dysfunctional family, Kimberly has a disease that causes her to age at four times the rate of a typical person. Though she’s about to celebrate her 16th birthday, she looks more like she’s a senior citizen.
Clark wrote: “As you can imagine, being a teenager is exhausting work — so after a year (and over 400 performances) of bringing Kimberly to life, I’ve decided to cut back a bit on my performance schedule.”
The actor did not share details about how many performances she will play in the future or if there are specific days she will be absent. “If you want to make sure to see me in @akimbomusical check in with the #booththeater box office to see if I’m in the show when you want to come,” Clark wrote in her post.
Colleen Fitzpatrick, who has been the standby for Kimberly since the production opened on Broadway, will perform in Clark’s stead.
With Tony-nominated direction by Jessica Stone, “Kimberly Akimbo” features a Tony-winning book by David Lindsay-Abaire and a Tony-winning score with lyrics by Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. Original cast member Bonnie Milligan also took home a Tony for her turn as Debra in the musical. “Kimberly Akimbo” was nominated for eight 2023 Tonys and won five.
In addition to Clark and Milligan, the current cast includes Tony nominee Steven Boyer, Tony nominee Justin Cooley, Alli Mauzey, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, Michael Iskander and Nina White. Fitzpatrick, Jim Hogan and Betsy Morgan are standbys. Skye Alyssa Friedman, Miguel Gil, Mateo Lizcano and Alex Vinh serve as understudies.
“Kimberly Akimbo” is produced by David Stone, Atlantic Theater Company, James L. Nederlander, LaChanze, John Gore, Patrick Catullo and Aaron Glick.