This past February, I attended the premiere of Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. (Click here for my review of February's show) Now, Alec has brought this show back for an encore run and I decided to revisit this hilarious show and I'm sure glad I did!
Best known from ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives," Alec Mapa has done some incredible work on "Baby Daddy," making the show tighter, funnier, and even more heartfelt than the first time around. I really enjoyed this show last February, but this time around I enjoyed it even more. I found myself more immersed in the story and Alec's delivery was stronger and more relaxed.
"Baby Daddy" tells the story of Alec's journey from party boy to finding love to adopting a five year old boy with his partner, who had been neglected by his birth parents and left to navigate his way through the foster care system since he was 3 years old.
Alec has found a way to tell his story in a way that everyone can identify with. I may not be an adoptive father or in a committed relationship, but I am still a person with emotions and have plenty of friends who are adoptive parents. I've seen them go from single life to being in a committed relationship to adopting a child of their own. So I was still able to relate to what Alec was talking about.
I loved hearing about Alec's childhood growing up and his route to finding love. Alec told many funny stories about his romps along the way, but the best part was learning just how accepting his partner, Jamie, was of Alec once they found each other. Alec then talked about their life together before adopting Zion and then moved into what life is like with the adoption of Zion.
I think what I loved most about "Baby Daddy" was the show went from light-hearted fun to heartfelt emotion as Alec went from being single to becoming a dad. Throughout the whole show, Alec's humor paved the way for much laughter and enjoyment from the crowd. Even during the most emotional part of the show, Alec still found a way to make the audience laugh, which is what makes Alec such a strong performer. With so many wonderful, touching, and fun stories Alec Mapa's "Baby Daddy" is definitely a show to go see!
With just two performances left, "Baby Daddy" plays the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) tonight (Sat. July 28) and tomorrow (Sun. July 29) at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets!