Casting is complete for Manhattan Theatre Club's staging — the New York premiere — of David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo, starring middle-aged Marylouise Burke in the title role of a New Jersey teen whose aging has accelerated.
Jodie Markell (Sankebit) will play Kimberly's pregnant mother, Pattie, a role previously assigned to Marisa Tomei, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts (a Broadway run of Sweet Charity is in her future).
Under David Petrarca's direction, Jake Weber will be Buddy, Kimberly's father; Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live," The Rocky Horror Show) is Debra, Kimberly's scam-artist aunt; John Gallagher Jr. is Jeff, Kimberly's 16-year-old classmate and potential love interest.
The MTC run on Stage I at City Center plays Jan. 14-March 30, 2003. The quirky new work by Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World) had its world premiere at South Coast Rep in California.
Designers for Kimberly Akimbo are Robert Brill (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Bruce Ellman (sound). Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last 5 Years) wrote original music for the production. Marylouise Burke is currently starring as Jack's Mother in the Broadway revival of Into The Woods. Her previous credits include Inherit the Wind, Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World and The Chairs.
In the play, the teen-age title character has a rare condition that causes her body to age at an increased rate. In addition, she must also contend with her hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scamming aunt and — most terrifying of all — the possibility of first love.
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