Tony Winner Tonya Pinkins Replaces Eisa Davis in New York Premiere of Milk Like Sugar

News   Tony Winner Tonya Pinkins Replaces Eisa Davis in New York Premiere of Milk Like Sugar
Playwrights Horizons, Women's Project and La Jolla Playhouse announced Sept. 23 that Tony winner Tonya Pinkins will replace the previously announced Eisa Davis in the upcoming New York premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar, which will begin previews Oct. 13 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Tonya Pinkins in Milk Like Sugar.
Tonya Pinkins in Milk Like Sugar. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; Jelly’s Last Jam; Radio Golf; “All My Children”), who is currently starring in the world premiere of Milk at La Jolla Playhouse, is replacing Davis, who has withdrawn from the New York production due to a filming commitment.

Directed by Rebecca Taichman, the drama will officially open Off-Broadway Nov. 1 at 7 PM. Performances will continue through Nov. 20.

The New York production now features the entire original world-premiere cast, including the previously announced Cherise Boothe, two-time Audelco Award nominee Angela Lewis, Nikiya Mathis, LeRoy McClain, J. Mallory-McCreeand Adrienne C. Moore.

"With potential for more but nowhere to put it," according to Playwrights Horizons, "sixteen-year-old Annie’s (Angela Lewis) got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future. Milk Like Sugar is a searing, sharply observant new play that finds savage humor and gritty poetry in one inner-city girl’s struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows."

The upcoming production will feature scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Andre Pluess. Production stage manager is Kyle Gates.

Show times will be Tuesdays-Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets, $55, may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

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