Last night, Monday, May 10, The New Group opened their latest production of The Kid. This marks the final production in The New Group's current 2009-2010 season, which featured Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger and most recently, the hit revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, directed by Ethan Hawke. The Kid plays a limited Off-Broadway engagement through May 29 at The New Group @ Theatre Row. BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the opening night after party arrivals.
The Kid is based on the true story of what happens when sex columnist Dan Savage and his boyfriend decide to start a family. Created by Andy Monroe (music), Michael Zam (book) and Jack Lechner (lyrics), it was the winner of the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.
Directed by Scott Elliott, the cast of The Kid features Christopher Sieber (Broadway: Shrek - Tony® Award nomination, Monty Python's Spamalot - Tony nom.; TV: "Pushing Daisies") in the role of Dan Savage, and Lucas Steele (B'way: The Threepenny Opera, Off-B'way: Oliver Twist-TFANA, Corpus Christie-Bouwerie Lane Theater, Wickets-3LD) as Dan's boyfriend Terry. The company also features Kevin Anthony (B'way: Grease!), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Jill Eikenberry (B'way: All Over Town, Moonchildren; Film: Arthur; Television: "L.A. Law") as Dan's Mom, Jeannine Frumess as Melissa, Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Tyler Maynard (B'way: The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!; Off-B'way: Altar Boyz - Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nominee 2005), Brooke Sunny Moriber (B'way: The Wild Party, James Joyce's The Dead, The Threepenny Opera; Off-B'way at The New Group: Aunt Dan and Lemon, Hazelwood Jr. High), Justin Patterson (B'way: 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, All Shook Up) and Michael Wartella as Bacchus.
Set Design is by Derek McLane (B'way: Miracle Worker, Ragtime, Grease, I Am My Own Wife; Off-B'way at The New Group: A Lie of the Mind, The Starry Messenger, Groundswell, Rafta, Rafta..., Aunt Dan and Lemon, numerous others), Costume Design is by Jeff Mahshie (B'way: Next to Normal, The Little Dog Laughed; Off-B'way: Hurlyburly at The New Group), Lighting Design is by Howell Binkley (B'way: All About Me, Memphis, In the Heights, West Side Story, Avenue Q) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (B'way: Memphis, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias). Music Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations are by Dominick Amendum (B'way: Wicked, Music Director/Conductor; Tours: Wicked, Oliver!, Cabaret). Musical Direction is by Boko Suzuki (B'way: RENT, Nat'l Tours: Wicked, Swing!, Mamma Mia!). Musical Staging is by Josh Prince (B'way: Shrek The Musical; Other: The Bridge Project at BAM, Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall). Animation is by Jeffrey Scher, whose work appears in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Academy Film Archives, Hirshhorn Museum, Pompidou Centre, Musee d'Art Moderne, Vienna Kunsthalle and Austrian National Archive, and others.
The Kid features Boko Suzuki on piano, Ed Levy on guitar, Steve Gilewsji on bass and Kevin Rice on drums.
The Kid plays at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues) as follows: Monday at 8:00 PM, Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with a matinee on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
Tickets may be arranged through Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200, or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12:00-8:00 PM daily). Tickets are $60.00 plus $1.25 restoration fee.
Photo Credit: Monica Simoes