Tonya Pinkins to Depart Off-Broadway's Mother Courage Prior to Opening Night

News   Tonya Pinkins to Depart Off-Broadway's Mother Courage Prior to Opening Night
Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, who is currently starring in the title role of the Classic Stage Company production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, will depart the production Jan. 5, 2016.

Tonya Pinkins
Tonya Pinkins

The production, which began previews Dec. 10, was scheduled to officially open Jan. 7; that date will be rescheduled while a replacement for the Caroline, or Change star is found.

The singing actress told the New York Times that she had prepared a statement explaining her reasons for departing the production, but her lawyer advised her not to share the details. "I'm not even sure I want to tell it," Pinkins told the Times in an email. CSC artistic director Brian Kulick, who is helming the revival, declined the Times' request for an interview.

The Dec. 11-13 performances were canceled due to vocal issues experienced by the Tony winner. A Dec. 17 performance was also canceled.

Pinkins is joined in the production by Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi Williams.

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."

The production features original music by Duncan Sheik, set design by Tony Straiges, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Stine.

To purchase tickets call (212) 352-3101, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street or go to

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