Cast & Creative

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Victoria Clark

Kimberly

VICTORIA CLARK (Kimberly) is a Tony Award-winning actress, director and educator. Victoria’s experience spans across classical and contemporary idioms, encompassing both existing and new work, in plays, musicals, opera, film, and television. Acting: Twelve Broadway shows, including The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), Gigi (Tony, Helen Hayes nominations), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing, Follies (L.A.), Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, and Katisha in The Mikado, both at Carnegie Hall. International: Madame Sousatzska in Sousatzska. Film: The Happening, Cradle Will Rock, One Royal Holiday, Wanderland, Archeology of a Woman, Harvest, Tickling Leo, Main Street. Television: “Pose,” “The Blacklist,” “Almost Family,” “Law & Order/SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,” and “Homeland.” Directing: The Dance of Death by August Strindberg (Classic Stage Company); “Come to Jesus,” for MasterVoices’ virtual production of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns; Scaffolding by Jeff Blumenkrantz starring Rebecca Luker for Premieres! (Barrow Group Theater); Paper Piano by Mary Jo Shen (Joe’s Pub); Hansel and Gretl and Heidi And Günther (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals); Newton’s Cradle, NAMT Festival, (Best Director); The Trouble With Doug (Fredericia Theater, Denmark); The Impresario (Philadelphia Opera Theater); Eight productions for Texas Opera Theater, the touring arm of Houston Grand Opera.

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Justin Cooley

Seth

JUSTIN COOLEY (Seth) will be making his Broadway debut with this production, after originating the role of Seth in the off-Broadway world premiere. A musical theatre student at Texas Christian University from Kansas City, he was a part of the 2021 Jimmy Awards and was featured as a finalist. He has starred in several shows around the Kansas City Metro area and his high school Olathe East. Recent credits include Dmitry in Anastasia, Dennis in All Shook Up, and Terk in Tarzan.

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Steven Boyer

Buddy

STEVEN BOYER (Buddy) recurs on the second season of the HBO Max series, “Love Life.” Steven starred in the NBC comedy “Trial and Error” and can be seen in the upcoming feature film, Borderlands. Boyer was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway run of Hand to God¸ as well as an OBIE and a Lucille Lortel Award for his work in the show’s off-Broadway production. Named “one of the Future Legends of the NY Theatre” by Time Out NY, Steven recently starred in Assassins which was a part of the Encores Off-Center series, as well as MTC’s The Explorer’s Club and Second Stage’s production of Modern Terrorism. He also played the title role of Trevor in Nick Jones’ darkly funny Trevor, performed with Lesser America. In addition to his work in the theater, Boyer has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street, and Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Boyer recently recurred on the NBC series “Chicago Fire” and has appeared in such TV series as “Blacklist,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Louie,” “Mom,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” and “Ed.” He starred in and produced “The Share,” an independent web sitcom pilot from Emily Chadick Weiss. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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Alli Mauzey

Pattie

ALLI MAUZEY (Pattie). Broadway: Hello, Dolly! (Ernestina), Wicked (Glinda), Cry Baby (Lenora, Drama League Award Nomination, Theatre World Award), Hairspray. Other NY: The Golden Apple (Minerva/City Center Encores), Show Boat (Ellie May Shipley / NY Philharmonic), It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Sydney/City Centers Encores). Regional: Cinderella (Cinderella/Nashville Symphony Orchestra), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey/The Muny, Kevin Kline Award Nomination), 110 in the Shade (Snookie/Pasadena Playhouse), City of Angels (Mallory/Reprise!).

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Bonnie Milligan

Debra

BONNIE MILLIGAN (Debra) was nominated by both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle for her Broadway debut in Head Over Heels, for which she also won the Theatre World Award. First National Tour: original Pat in Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: Promenade and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (Encores!); Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre); Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater). Television: recurring as Katherine Witherbottom on “Search Party” (HBO Max) and Bitsy on “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime), “Chicago Fire” (NBC), and “Happy” (SyFy). Instagram – @beltingbons; Twitter – @beltingbonnie.

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Olivia Elease Hardy

Delia

OLIVIA ELEASE HARDY (Delia): Prior to the off-Broadway production of Kimberly Akimbo, Olivia toured with the First National Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as “Duckling Donna.” Kimberly Akimbo is Olivia’s second professional show and first time originating a role. Originally from Southern New Jersey, Olivia attended the University of Michigan to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre. This production will be her Broadway debut.

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Fernell Hogan

Martin

FERNELL HOGAN (Martin) is a Houston native. Previous credits include: The Prom (Broadway) and Mean Girls (First National Tour). He is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. @fernellhogan.

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Michael Iskander

Aaron

MICHAEL ISKANDER (Aaron) was born in Egypt and came to the United States when he was nine. He started learning English after coming to the U.S. Michael enjoys playing piano and guitar and writes/produces songs in his free time. Michael was honored to win the regional awards program Spirit of the M.A.C.Y. Awards in Orange County for his portrayal of Usnavi in In The Heights, as well as the Special Recognition Award at the Jimmy Awards. Kimberly Akimbo will be Michael’s Broadway debut.

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Nina White

Teresa

NINA WHITE (Teresa) will make her Broadway debut in Kimberly Akimbo. Prior credits include Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act (Music Theatre Wichita), Kristina in 2AZ (The Purple Rose Theatre Company), and Mother Teresa in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Univ. Of Michigan). Nina is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Alex Vinh

U/S for Seth, Aaron, Martin

ALEX VINH (u/s Seth, Aaron, Martin): Broadway debut! Off Broadway: Snow in Midsummer (Classic Stage Company) and Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic Theater Company). Selected regional credits: Spring Awakening (Theatre Under the Stars), Office Hour (Circle Theatre), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mill Mountain Theatre). TV: WeCrashed (Apple TV+) and Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). BFA from Texas Christian University. Endless gratitude to family, friends, the team at Bloc, and the Telsey Office. IG: @alexhvinh.

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Betsy Morgan

U/S for Pattie, Debra

BETSY MORGAN (u/s Pattie, Debra). Broadway credits include The King and I, Les Miserables, A Little Night Music, The Little Mermaid, and High Fidelity. Off-Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre, Lucille Lortel Award nomination), Found (Atlantic Theater Company), and The Fantasticks. TV credits include “Flight of the Conchords.” Betsy has spent two decades working with Michael John LaChuisa, performing in Bernarda Alba, Giant, First Daughter Suite, Rain, and An American Eclipse. Most recently, she was seen in PigPen Theatre Company’s production of The Tale of Despereaux at The Old Globe and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. 

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Jim Hogan

U/S for Buddy

JIM HOGAN (u/s Buddy): Broadway debut! National Tours: Waitress, The Phantom of the Opera, Spring Awakening. Jim is a member of T.3 (@t.3official), a viral internet sensation vocal group featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Voice of Quasimodo with John McGinty, Sacramento Music Circus), Memphis (Arvada Center), The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), A Little Night Music (Arden Theatre Co.) Sophisticated Ladies (Fulton Theatre/Maine State Music Theatre). Film: The Seagull. Jim appears regularly as a soloist with Symphony Orchestras across the US and Canada. Training: Penn State University. Love and thanks to Craig & Ally at The Telsey Co., CGF Talent, friends, family and Em. @jimhogan220

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Colleen Fitzpatrick

U/S for Kimberly

COLLEEN FITZPATRICK (u/s for Kimberly). Colleen is a Broadway veteran and vocal performance coach with over 30 years experience in theater, film & television. Her New York credits include revivals of Follies, Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Bye Bye Birdie, and 110 in the Shade. She has also appeared in the original Broadway casts of Cats, Into The Woods, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Passion, Lestat, and Road Show (Public).

Colleen is proud to have traveled the country with leading roles in national tours of Into The Woods, Hello Dolly! (w/ Madeline Kahn), Follies (Los Angeles) and as Donna in Mamma Mia! in the #1 Tour. Additionally, Colleen has performed in Merrily We Roll Along, Do Re Mi, Strike Up The Band, & Call Me Madam for City Center Encores!. Other cherished highlights: Mother Courage & Her Children (performing & standby for Meryl Streep) at the Delacort Theater, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk & Les Troyens for the Met Opera as well as Anyone Can Whistle, South Pacific, Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, and A Sondheim Celebration, all at Carnegie Hall. Her onscreen appearances include major motion pictures such as “The Mambo Kings,” “Liar, Liar” & “Naked Gun 2 ½” ; appearing in many soap operas along with multiple “Live from Lincoln Center” performances that continue to be shown worldwide.

Fun Fact: prior to her theater career, Colleen was the frontman in the very successful regional rock n roll band ‘Games’ in Los Angeles for years and whose one album is still appreciated in Europe & Asia. She was Miss Teenage America 1972.

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Miguel Gil

U/S for Seth, Aaron, Martin

Miguel Gil (He/Him) / (u/s for Seth, Aaron, Martin) is so incredibly honored and excited to make his Broadway Debut! He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Orlando, Florida where he grew up. Miguel was a 2021 Jimmy Awards nominee. Most recently he was Amos Hart in CHICAGO at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. He would like to thank Shenandoah University for helping him grow as a performer, all of the amazing professors who helped shape him as a person, and his family and friends for loving him unconditionally. @miguelito.gil

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Skye Alyssa Friedman

U/S for Delia, Teresa

SKYE ALYSSA FRIEDMAN (u/s for Delia, Teresa). Broadway: Annie (w/ James Lapine and Andy Blankenbuehler). Off-Broadway: The Lucky Star (59E59), Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional: The Audience, Billy Elliot, The Music ManThe Sound of Music. TV: I Am Frankie (Nickelodeon); Short Films: Mute, We’re Gonna Come Back, Pocha. Current BFA Acting student at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Many thanks to Nancy, Bonnie, Craig & The Telsey Office, my PPA professors, the incredible Kimberly Akimbo team, and my friends and family! Eternally grateful for this “great adventure.” IG: @skyealyssafriedman; Twitter: @skyealyssaf

David Lindsay-Abaire

Book, Lyrics, Original Play

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Book, Lyrics, Original Play) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His play Good People premiered on Broadway and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His previous play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical (Jeanine Tesori, composer), which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Kleban Prize as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. David’s other plays include Ripcord, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theater, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman, Oscar nomination), Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and The Family Fang, among others. He is also, along with Tanya Barfield, Co-Director of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School.

Jeanine Tesori

Music

JEANINE TESORI (Music) has written a diverse catalog for Broadway, opera, film, and television. Along with Missy Mazzoli, Ms. Tesori is one of the first female composers commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Her musicals include Fun Home (Tony Award, Pulitzer finalist); Soft Power (Pulitzer finalist); Caroline, or Change (Olivier Award); Violet; Shrek; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night. Her operas include Blue (Libretto, Tazewell Thompson); A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (Tony Kushner); The Lion, The Unicorn and Me (J.D. McClatchy); and the upcoming Grounded (George Brant). In addition to her work as a composer, Tesori is the founding artistic director of New York City Center’s Encores! Off Center Series, a lecturer at Yale University, and most recently the Supervising Vocal Producer for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.

Danny Mefford

Choreography

DANNY MEFFORD’s (Choreographer) choreography includes Dear Evan Hansen (Tony and Olivier Award, Best Musical), Fun Home (Tony Award, Best Musical), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway, Tour: Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare in the Park, Miss You Like Hell and February House (The Public); Good Person of Szechwan (The Public/Foundry), The Sound of Music international tour, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center); Melancholy Play (13P); and Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres Corbusier). Danny’s choreography has been featured on television in “Dickinson” (Apple+) and “Rise” (NBC). He has received Drama Desk, Astaire, and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. Directing credits include: The Fitzgeralds of St. Paul, Becoming Liv Ullman (NY Fringe), and Wasted (Ars Nova). MFA in Acting: Brown University.

Jessica Stone

Director

JESSICA STONE (Director) worked as an actress on and Off-Broadway, in television and film before transitioning to directing. Her directing career began in earnest with her all-male 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has since been directing all over the country at such theaters as The Old Globe, A.C.T, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Productions include As You Like It, Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair, Barefoot in the Park, Dancing at Lughnasa, Bad Dates, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! (World Premiere), Ripcord, Bad Jews, Arms and the Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Charlotte’s Web, June Moon, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Absurd Person Singular. As a performer, her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease.

David Zinn

Scenic Design

DAVID ZINN (Scenic Designer). Broadway: Scenic Design for Funny Girl; The Minutes; Diana; Torch Song; The Humans. Scenic and Costume Design for Choir Boy; Boys in the Band; SpongeBob SquarePants; Amélie; Fun Home; The Last Ship. Costume Design for A Doll’s House Part 2; Airline Highway; Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater, Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, ERS, Target Margin; Regional and International: A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, CTG, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, National Theatre and Young Vic (UK), Theater Basel, and the Berlin Staatsoper. Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Hewes awards.

Kai Harada

Sound Design

KAI HARADA (Sound Design). Broadway: Mister Saturday Night; Head Over Heels; The Band’s Visit (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award); Amélie; Sunday in the Park With George; Allegiance; Gigi; Fun Home; On the Town; First Date; Follies (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations); and Million Dollar Quartet. Other: The Karate Kid The Musical (Stages St. Louis); The Bedwetter (Atlantic); Swept Away (Berkeley Rep); Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic – Drama Desk Nomination); Merry Wives (co-designer, Delacorte); Hercules (Delacorte); Soft Power (Public, CTG); Kismet (Santa Barbara); Marie: Dancing Still (5th Avenue); The Light in the Piazza, Candide (L.A. Opera); We Live in Cairo, The Black Clown (ART); Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); Sweeney Todd (Portland Opera); assorted musicals at City Center Encores! and the Kennedy Center. Recorded Media: Spandex: The Musical, Row (Audible/WTF). Audio Consultant for the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale University.

J. Jared Janas

Wig, Hair, and Makeup Design

J. Jared Janas (Wig, Hair, and Makeup Design). Broadway: How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little PillFrankie and Johnny in the Claire de LuneGettin’ the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and All About Me. Recent Off-Broadway: Prayer for the French Republic (MTC), Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic Theater), Seven Deadly Sins (Tectonic), Sing Street (NY Theatre Workshop), and Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre, Drama Desk nomination). Recent Regional: Good Night, Oscar (Goodman), The Bluest Eye (Huntington), Clue (Paper Mill), Recent TV: “And Just Like That,” “The Gilded Age,” and “Gotham.”

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

Lighting Design

JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW designs for theatre, dance, opera, musicals, music performances and large-scale immersive installation. Her designs were described as “clever” and “inventive” (The New York Times). Projection: MCC’s Relevance (Lortel Nomination), Primary Stages & Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Informed ConsentTop Girls at The Huntington, The Play Company and Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy (Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund), The Civilians’ Paris Commune and In the Footprint (regionally and at Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Elizabeth Swados and Cecilia Rubino’s From the Fire (Winner 2011 MTM: UK Musical Theatre Awards for Best New Production). Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. www.jeanetteyew.com

Lucy Mackinnon

Video Design

Lucy Mackinnon (Video Design) Broadway: How I Learned to Drive, Jagged Little PillThe Rose Tattoo, Lifespan of a FactSix Degrees of Separation, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening. Recent Off-Broadway: The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company), Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons), A Bright Room Called Day (The Public Theater), The Mother (Atlantic Theater Company), White Noise (The Public Theater), After the Blast (LCT3)The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons), Yen (MCC).

Sarah Laux

Costume Design

Sarah Laux (Costume Design) Broadway: The Band’s VisitFully CommittedThe Humans. Selected Off Broadway/Regional: Wish You Were Here (Playwright’s Horizons); The Wanderer (Papermill Playhouse); Prayer For The French Republic (MTC); Kimberly Akimbo, Blue RidgeThis Ain’t No DiscoOn the Shore of the Wide WorldThe Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company); The Humans (Roundabout); SuperheroMan From Nebraska (Second Stage) Downstairs (Primary Stages); Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Group, Obie Award); The Effect (Barrow Street); A Play Is A Poem (Taper Theater); Before The Meeting (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Bad DatesCome BackLittle Sheba (Huntington) Film: Not Okay, The Sixth Reel, Freakshow. Television: High Fidelity, Godfather of Harlem: S2 and S3