“Conceiving THE KID”: Preview and Discussion

A preview of some material from The New Group’s The Kid, a new musical by Jack Lechner (lyrics), Andy Monroe (music) and Michael Zam (book) will be presented as a part of a discussion entitled “Conceiving The Kid: Adapting A Book Into A Musical” at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre at 19:00 on Sunday evening.

Lechner, Monroe and Zam will discuss the process of adapting the memoir of renowned sex columnist Dan Savage as told in the book, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant, focusing on the challenges of collaboration and adapting the source material into a new musical. The evening will also include readings from the book as well as a preview material from the show itself, performed by Susan Blackwell, Daniel Reichard, Jeannine Frumess, Brooke Sunny Moriber and Lucas Steele. The discussion forms part of the company’s “Dark Nights” series.

The winner of the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Best New Musical, The Kid is aiming for a world premiere run Off-Broadway in spring 2010. The show would be directed by The New Group’s artistic director, Scott Elliott.

At the very least, it sounds like interesting source material. Definitely one to watch.

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