Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Kimberly Akimbo

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Book Review - Kimberly Akimbo

Kimberly Akimbo

About the Book
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Kimberly Akimbo: A New Musical, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori. This musical had its world premiere at Atlantic Theater Company in 2021. It transferred to the Booth Theatre on Broadway in 2022.

“Kimberly Akimbo is already the rare example of a good play that has become an even better musical…It embraces the ability of song, even in tragicomedy, to extend emotion into bigger realms…It is profoundly funny and heartbreaking…The season’s most moving new musical.” —Jesse Green, New York Times

New Jersey, 1999. Kimberly is about to turn sixteen and has recently moved with her family to a new town in suburban New Jersey. Suffering from a disease that causes her to age four and a half times faster than her high school peers, surrounded by a dysfunctional family (and possible felony charges), Kimberly is also navigating her first teenage crush. Ever the optimist, Kimberly is determined to find happiness against all odds and embark on a great adventure.

“Kimberly Akimbo is the sort of refreshingly unexpected musical that makes an exhilarating case for the vibrancy and potential of the form. It asks big questions about family and mortality. It’s unabashedly heartfelt and irresistibly funny. Like life, it’s inherently sad and a little absurd, and like its subject, Kimberly Akimbo is exceedingly rare and almost impossible not to love.”
– Naveen Kumar, Variety

David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His works for theater include Rabbit Hole, Good People, Shrek The Musical (Jeanine Tesori, composer), Ripcord, Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others.

Jeanine Tesori, the most honored female composer in Broadway history, has written works for theater, opera, and film. Her works include Fun Home (Tony Award for Best Score); Soft Power; Shrek The Musical; Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Violet. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice for Fun Home and Soft Power.

My Take on the Book
I saw this musical on broadway and it was so amazing. That being said, when I saw that they had the musical book and lyrics I had to have it. The book was amazing and not only gave you everything that the actors shared in the musical, but you also get to learn a lot more about what brought the musical to broadway. The book is definitely something that I would recommend to anyone that is a fan of the musical. You will love having this in your collection, I know I do!

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