First of all, let me state that this is not a play by play of The Kid. This isn’t my story to tell. It belongs to Mr. Joey McIntyre and his creative team and I wouldn’t want to infringe on that.
Don’t get me wrong. We saw the show three times and my memory is ridiculously good when it comes to random things so I could recite half of the show for you. lol Instead, this is just a little overview of our experience seeing The Kid in Denver.
Our group flew into Denver Friday afternoon and got to the hotel just in time to get dressed and head to the theater. Of course we allowed enough time for a quick pre-show drink! After all, we had our priorities. We took 2 bicycle pedi-cabs from the hotel to the theater. That was quite the adventure in itself!
For those of you who haven’t been, the theater is very intimate which I loved. Our seats were front row, center thanks to the great research of Tai’s husband Kirk. (I have to give a shout out to a BH husband who was willing to help us in our little quest right? There aren’t too many out there!)
Joe took the stage promptly at 7:30 so if you’re going to one of the remaining shows definitely don’t be late!
“Go be somebody”
So what’s The Kid about? If you saw his show on the cruise in 2012, a lot of the same subjects are covered with some additional material. But to quote Joe from the cruise “I’m sorta not fucking around anymore people. I’m sorta kinda not winging it anymore!”
The show follows Joe’s life from being a kid acting at the Footlight Club, to the years with New Kids on the Block and how he coped with being a “Boy Band Retiree,” all the way through meeting his wife and the birth of their children.
“It’s all show biz”
The Kid highlights Joe’s never ending quest to be on a stage. It explores the dynamics of his large, Irish Catholic family and ultimately how that shapes the man he has become and his interaction with his own kids, who turn out to be the “best audience ever.” It’s truly a story about finding your place in the world.
“JOOOOEEEEEY….I made you a quilt!”
There is definitely a lot of laughter and a few tears for both Joe and the audience. He is definitely in his element and we all ate it up. I think we could all relate to his description of the crazy fans back in the day. (…and maybe laugh a little at how some of it still rings true today! lol Oh Joe…if only you knew what really goes on!) Some of my favorite moments from the weekend were when Joe even cracked himself up!
The music obviously plays a large part in the show. This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means but I think it covers a lot of what he sings. (Hey, I’m doing this all from memory so cut me a little slack here people! Haha)
I’d Do Anything from Oliver
Please Don’t Go Girl
Us by Regina Spektor
If I Were a Boy by Beyonce
The Right Stuff
Stay the Same
Here We Go Again
Love by Nat King Cole
See Her Smile from Tik Tik Boom
Someone Else’s Skin from Catch Me if You Can
Let Yourself Go by Irving Berlin
A few snippets from New Edition
Legend in Your Own Time by Carly Simon
Five Brothers and a Million Sisters
We didn’t plan on going to the matinee on Saturday but decided to get tickets at the last minute. After the show that night, Joe asked what we did in Denver that day then quickly followed up with “Oh that’s right! You came to both shows!” Yes Joe, yes we did. Thanks for calling us out on that one buddy! lol
We also had breakfast at Sams, which I recommend, shopped at 16th street mall and of course made time for the all-important pre-show drinks! All in all, it was a quick, but fantastic, girl’s weekend.
Would I Go Again?
Absolutely! If you are thinking about seeing the show but haven’t bought your ticket yet, let me suggest you go ahead and do it. It’s a work in progress and each show has a few tweaks here and there which are interesting to see. It was great to get to see him in such a casual, intimate setting. I think we often forget that he’s just a regular guy going through the same everyday things we all do. So what are you waiting for? Go get your ticket!
Thank you to Joey McIntyre, Rob Lewis, Tai (@taisuire), Nikki (@nikkidubu) and Tracy (@joemacsginger) for a fun weekend in Denver!