Broadway actress Kecia Lewis has assumed the title role, succeeding Tonya Pinkins, who resigned from the production during previews in a dispute with director Brian Kulick.
A production spokesperson issued a statement saying the cancellation was arranged "in order to give its new star Kecia Lewis additional time for memorization of the script and rehearsal."
The production, which began previews Dec. 10 and suspended performances Jan. 3, was scheduled to officially open Jan. 7; a new opening has not be scheduled.
Lewis (who also has performed as Kecia Lewis-Evans) has six Broadway credits, notably originating the role of Asaka in the 1990 musical Once On This Island. Mother Courage producers wrote, "Lewis's rich career of portraying powerful mothers and formidable women has come full circle. It all began when Kecia was 18 years old and made her debut as Effie in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls. Kecia went on to be seen on Broadway in Big River, Ain't Misbehavin, Gospel At Colonus, and earned a Drama Desk Nomination for her work in Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center Theatre. Additionally, Kecia originated Trix and Ida Mae in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Leap of Faith, respectively, and took over the reins of Mama Morton in Chicago. Most recently Kecia was seen flying through the air, spreading joy and magic as The Fairy Godmother in the First National Tour of Cinderella. On television, Kecia can be seen on 'Law & Order SVU' (recurring), 'Limitless,' and in the upcoming season of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.'"
In Mother Courage and Her Children, "the indomitable Mother Courage follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon," state CSC press notes. "She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo."
To purchase tickets call (212) 352-3101, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street or go to ClassicStage.org.