Tonya Pinkins has joined the cast of the upcoming Off Broadway production of new play “Milk Like Sugar.”
Actress, who won a 1992 Tony for her perf in “Jelly’s Last Jam” and more recently was nommed for “Caroline, or Change” in 2004, currently appears in the cast of the play’s world preem at La Jolla Playhouse.
Eisa Davis was initially on board to star in the show at Playwrights Horizons but has since dropped out due to a film commitment, according to reps.
The Off Broadway incarnation will now shift the entire La Jolla cast to Playwrights Horizons, where the show begins previews next month.
Kristen Greenidge’s play centers on an inner-city teen girl whose potential for more is potentially hindered by a pact she made with her friends. Pinkins plays the protag’s mother in a staging helmed by Rebecca Taichman on both coasts.
Gotham bow of “Milk,” produced by Playwrights and the Women’s Project, begins previews Oct. 13 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening.