Friday, May 14, 2010
Christopher Sieber (Dan) and Lucas Steele (Terry) give a tender, romantic, and honest performance - so honest in fact, that you might think they are an off-stage couple as well (alas, they are not). The supporting ensemble peppers them with with sage advice, warnings, a splash of humor, and of course lots of great harmonies. Jill Eikenberry, as Dan's mother, sings a song in Act II that brought tears to my eyes about a mother watching her son grow up and letting him be who he needed to be. The always adorable Tyler Maynard hammed it up as only he can as Chad and a few other scene stealing characters. Susan Blackwell usually known for her sardonic wit kept things uncharacteristically serious and real as Anne, the adoption agent. Ann Harada, as Ruth (and others) had several comedic cameos.
Not only was the musical score divine, the set had a multi-media backdrop where video blurbs and graphic animations were shown. The final animation clip was a perfect way to end and entirely enjoyable evening of theatre. There's a lot of competition in this market segment this year - but I have a feeling that this won't be the last time we see The Kid on a New York stage.