The Kid Himself Watches His Story

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The real-life kid of The Kid — D. J. — is 12½ now and, on May 10, he attended the opening of the Off-Broadway musical about his pre-life, his birth parents and the gay couple who adopted him (sex-advice columnist Dan Savage and deejay Terry Miller). The New Group production closes May 29.


"That's him over there, with a beer," cracked Christopher Sieber, the stage stand-in for Savage, at the show’s Planet Hollywood after-party. "Just kidding," he amended.

All three members of the eccentric household depicted in The Kid sat in judgment at its launch, and reviews ranged from "surreal" (Terry) to "weird" (D.J.).

“Normally,” said Sieber, “I don’t care who’s in the audience — like a movie star or an agent. They can’t do anything to me. What can they do to me? Take my birthday away from me? No. But he’s the guy you’re playing — and his family. You’re telling their story, and you’re hoping, ‘Oh, I hope I don’t mess this up.’ And we didn’t, and they’re so proud. But at the end I got a little choked up because it really hit me that I’m the vessel who’s telling their story at this moment, and they’re seeing it happen.”

— Harry Haun

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