Blackwell and Reichard Will Offer Sneak Peek of The Kid Musical

By Ernio Hernandez
06 Nov 2009

Susan Blackwell and Daniel Reichard
Susan Blackwell and Daniel Reichard

Susan Blackwell, Daniel Reichard, Jeannine Frumess, Brooke Sunny Moriber and Lucas Steele will take part in The New Group's "Conceiving The Kid: Adapting A Book Into A Musical" Nov. 8.

The one-night-only discussion, which is part of the company's Dark Nights Series, will take place at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre at 7 PM.

Jack Lechner (lyrics), Andy Monroe (music) and Michael Zam (book) the creative team behind The New Group's upcoming musical production of The Kid will "discuss their collaborative process and the challenges they faced adapting renowned sex columnist Dan Savage's memoir 'The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant' into a new musical," according to New Group notes.

Selections from Savage's memoir will be read at the event and a sneak preview of the musical will be performed by special guests including Blackwell ([title of show]), Reichard (Jersey Boys), Frumess (Burn), Moriber (Follies) and Steele (The Threepenny Opera).

New Group artistic director Scott Elliott will direct the upcoming world premiere run of The Kid Off-Broadway this spring on the mainstage. The musical was recently honored with the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Best New Musical.

The Dark Nights features "cultural conversations and readings designed to create a dialogue between our artists and our audience." The 90-minute events offer an inside look at The New Group's current productions and other projects.

Tickets ($20) to the event at The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. This event is free to New Group subscribers. For more information, visit