“Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid” made its world premiere at the Kennedy Center during the weekend, and while the “CBS Evening News” anchorwoman says she was unable to make the opening performance, Valerie Plame of CIA-leak fame was in the audience and sends her rave reviews.
“I got a note from Valerie Plame, who said she really liked it,” Miss Couric told Inside the Beltway by telephone on Nov. 20 from New York. “She wrote, ‘It was so well done and enjoyable for all of us. It teaches important values. And fun songs. Good work!’ ”
The musical, playing at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre through Dec. 17, is based on a children’s book Miss Couric authored in 2000, titled “The Brand New Kid.” It centers on a second-grader who enrolls in a new school, only to taunted by the other children. The teasing stops when the new arrival is befriended by one of the school’s more popular students.
“I was going to go to opening night, but my daughters, typical, had plans, so I’m going to take them another time. I’m excited to do it,” said Mrs. Couric, adding that the opportunity for the book to be made into a musical “was a pleasant surprise.”
“And of course the Kennedy Center — you can’t do much better than that,” she said.
Mrs. Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, are parents of twins, a boy and girl, born in 2000.