13 (musical)

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13 (2008 original Broadway cast recording - cover art).jpg
2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording
Music Jason Robert Brown
Lyrics Jason Robert Brown
Book Dan Elish
Robert Horn
Productions 2007 Los Angeles
2008 Goodspeed Musicals
2008 Broadway
2012 London
Awards NYA Best Supporting Actress for Ariana Grande

13 is a musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

Musical Numbers[edit]

  • "13 / Becoming a Man" - Evan & Kids
  • "The Lamest Place in the World" - Patrice
  • "Hey Kendra" - Eddie, Malcolm, Brett, Lucy, & Kendra
  • "13 (Reprise)" - Evan & Kids †
  • "Get Me What I Need" - Archie & Kids
  • "Opportunity" - Lucy & Cheerleaders ‡
  • "What It Means to Be a Friend" - Patrice
  • "All Hail the Brain" - Evan & Kids
  • "Terminal Illness" - Evan & Archie
  • "All Hail the Brain (Reprise)" - Brett, Evan, & Kids
  • "Getting Ready" - Archie, Evan, Brett, Eddie, Malcolm, Kendra, Lucy, & Patrice
  • "Any Minute" - Brett, Kendra, Patrice, & Archie
  • "Good Enough" - Patrice §
  • "Being a Geek" - Evan, Rabbi, & Rabbis §§
  • "Bad Bad News" - Eddie, Malcolm, Simon, & Richie
  • "Tell Her" - Evan & Patrice
  • "It Can't Be True" - Lucy, Molly, Charlotte, Cassie, Eddie, Malcolm, Simon, & Richie
  • "If That's What It Is" - Archie, Patrice, & Evan
  • "A Little More Homework" - Evan, Charlotte, & Kids
  • "Brand New You" - Cassie, Charlotte, Molly, & Kids

† "13 (Reprise)" is included in the MTI Version, but not in the Original Broadway Production.

‡ "Opportunity" was included on the Original Broadway Cast Recording, but was cut from the production before opening night. The song originally came after another cut song "Here I Come" and before "Bad Bad News." The song was retooled and included in the MTI Version with new lyrics and a new spot in the show, as seen in this list.

§ "Good Enough" was included in the Original Broadway Production, but was not on the Cast Recording.

§§ "Here I Come" (sung by Evan & Kids) was included on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. The song came after "Good Enough" and before "Bad Bad News" and was cut before opening night. "Being a Geek" was not included in the Original Broadway Production, but took the place of "Here I Come" in the MTI Version.

Characters and Original Cast[edit]

13 the Musical
Character Description Original Goodspeed Cast Original Broadway Cast[1][2] Original West End Cast[3]
Evan Goldman A twelve-and-a-half-year-old Jewish boy from New York City. Graham Phillips Guy Harvey
Patrice A somewhat eccentric and bookish girl. Allie Trimm Sienna Kelly
Archie A boy whose energy and looks are unlike anything else in Appleton. He walks on crutches as the result of muscular dystrophy. Patrice's best friend. Madly in love with Kendra. Aaron Simon Gross Tim Mahendran
Brett Sampson The prototypical junior high school football star. Cool, handsome, and not quite as smart as a postage stamp. Eric Nelsen Jacques Miché
Kendra Quaker The prettiest and most popular girl in school, also the most oblivious. Ashton Smalling Delaney Moro Hannah Thompson
Lucy Kendra's best friend who, as a rule, is not to be trusted. Elizabeth Gillies Georgia Riley
Eddie One of Brett's goons. A wanna-be who flanks him constantly. Al Calderon Jack Cashion
Malcolm Kyle Crews Malik Hammond Robin Franklin
Molly One of the cheerleaders. Caitlin Gann Lindsay Kearns
Charlotte Ariana Grande Lauren Ellington
Cassie Taylor Bright Brynn Williams Amara Okereke
Simon One of the boys in school. Joey La Varco Toby Turpin
Richie Eamon Foley Sario Watanabe-Solomon

Plot synopsis[edit]

Act 1[edit]

Twelve-year old New Yorker Evan Goldman is surrounded by rabbis. After chanting to him, one of them explains that when a boy has his Bar Mitzvah, he becomes an adult. As the rabbis reveal that they are actually other New York kids, Evan tells the audience about how stressful turning thirteen is – especially since his parents are getting divorced and he is under pressure to have the best Bar Mitzvah imaginable ("Thirteen/Becoming A Man"). Just as Evan thinks that maybe things will be fine, his mother calls to tell him that they are moving to Indiana. Once there, however, Evan finds a friend in his neighbor, Patrice. Evan is very disappointed that there are no cool places to have his Bar Mitzvah; Patrice agrees that their town is lame, but things have gotten better since Evan moved there ("The Lamest Place in the World").

When school starts, Brett, the most popular kid in school, summons up the courage to ask Kendra, the prettiest girl in school, to a scary movie Friday night so that he can kiss her with tongue ("Hey Kendra"). Despite her best friend Lucy's attempts to dissuade her, Kendra consents. Inviting Kendra to a scary movie was Evan's idea, so Brett decides that Evan is cool and refers to him as the "Brain." Evan is thrilled; this means that Brett will come to his Bar Mitzvah, and if Brett comes, everyone else will come. Patrice, however, is displeased. If she goes to the Bar Mitzvah, nobody else will go because all of the others hate her. Evan does not think that it will be that bad, but when he hands out the invitations, he sees that Patrice is right, so he rips up her invitation. As the other kids express their excitement over Evan's party, Archie enters and introduces himself. He is upset at Evan for humiliating Patrice – his best and only friend – but promises to help to make it up to her if Evan gets him a date with Kendra. When Archie’s attempts to use his degenerative illness to guilt Evan into getting him the date do not work, Archie tries to convince him that he can turn to no one else ("Get Me What I Need"). Evan finally relents. Later, at cheerleader practice, Kendra teaches a new cheer while Lucy resolves to make Brett her boyfriend ("Opportunity"). Archie tries to talk Patrice into giving Evan a second chance, especially since she has a crush on him, but she has lost faith in him ("What It Means To Be A Friend").

In class, Brett tells Evan to get his mother to buy them all tickets to "The Bloodmaster." Evan protests that his mother will not buy them tickets to an R-rated movie, but Brett points out that if she does not, nobody will go to his Bar Mitzvah. Evan cycles through possible plans, eventually settling on having Archie use his illness to guilt his mother ("All Hail the Brain/Terminal Illness"). To make things better with Patrice, Evan asks her to go to the movie with him as a date. He then realizes that he set up Archie’s date with Kendra when everyone is seeing "The Bloodmaster," which is Kendra's date with Brett. Evan makes Archie promise to do nothing more than sit next to Kendra so as not to screw up Brett's date. Archie agrees, and everyone prepares for Friday night ("Getting Ready").

Act 2[edit]

At the movie, Patrice is upset that Evan is not even sitting next to her. Brett and Kendra over think their impeding kiss, and just as they are about actually to do so, Archie ruins it ("Any Minute"). Brett swears revenge on Evan and Archie, and Lucy, seeing her chance, kisses Brett. Patrice tells off Evan when she sees that all that he cares about is Brett’s being angry at him ("Good Enough"). Even Archie is upset with Evan, who then realizes that he is in danger of being a lonely geek ("Being a Geek").

As Lucy and Brett begin dating, she forces him to spend increasingly more time with her. Brett's friends recognize that Lucy is good neither for Brett nor for them at all ("Bad Bad News"). Evan promises to help to get Brett and Kendra back together so that he can get back on everyone’s good side. Archie, fearing that this is a suicide mission, begs Patrice to help Evan. She shows up just in time to tell Brett to talk to Kendra, and she and Evan suggest things to say – while resolving their own issues ("Tell Her"). Brett takes their advice, interferes between a fight taking place between Kendra and Lucy, and breaks up with Lucy. Brett and Kendra then proceed to forgive each other and get back together. Lucy, however, will not stand for this. She spreads a rumor that Kendra is cheating on Brett with Evan, and then gets Evan and Kendra in the same place so that Brett can catch them ("It Can't Be True"). Her plan works, and Brett lashes out at Even. Evan, finally having enough of Brett, stands up to him and says that Archie and Patrice are his real friends. After Brett insults Archie and Patrice, Evan shoves him, which results in him being punched. Kendra shows kindness towards Archie before running after Brett. Evan wants to call off the Bar Mitzvah because it would only be him, Patrice, and Archiet, but Patrice and Archie point out it that will not be that bad ("If That's What It Is"). Evan accepts that making wrong choices is all a part of growing up and kisses Patrice out of no where, something she shows clear happiness from. Evan has his Bar Mitzvah after all; he is starting to understand what growing up means ("A Little More Homework"). The show ends with the cast singing ("Brand New You") and Evan saying that he is thirteen and just getting started.



The musical premiered on January 7, 2007 at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California and ran through February 18, 2007. The production was directed by Todd Graff, with choreography by Michele Lynch, and the cast and band were all teenagers.[4] This production received a nomination for the 2007 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, World Premiere Musical.[5] The cast and band for the Los Angeles productions was all teenagers: Ricky Ashley, Caitlin Baunoch, Molly Bernstein, Jenáe Burrows, Emma Degerstedt, Jamie Eblen, Julia Harriman, Jordan Johnson, Tinashe Kachingwe (Tinashe), Tyler Mann, Sara Niemietz, Ryan Ogburn, J.D. Phillips, Ellington Ratliff, Chris Raymond, Charlie Rosen, Alex Scolari, Chloé Smith, Christian Vandal, Nehemiah Williams and Seth Zibalese.[4]

The musical was next presented at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut, by Goodspeed Musicals from May 9, 2008 through June 8, 2008, with direction by Jeremy Sams and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. It stars most of the Original Broadway Cast, except Ashton Smalling as Kendra, Taylor Bright as Cassie and Kyle Crews as Malcolm.[6]


The musical opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 16, 2008 in previews, with an official opening on October 5, 2008 and closed on January 4, 2009 after 105 performances and 22 previews.[7] The director and choreographer were as at Goodspeed, and most of the Broadway cast was also in the Goodspeed production (except Moro, Hammond and Williams). There is a teen band, as in prior productions.[8] This production received one Drama Desk Award nomination, for Outstanding Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

Florida Production[edit]

In 2010, Ransom Everglades Theatre put on a production of the musical in Miami. This was the first time the show was ever done in Florida. While it was on from March 19-22, Aaron Simon Gross (Archie, original broadway cast) came down to meet the cast, which was directed and choreographed by Angelica Torres.


The musical opened Off-Broadway at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on April 23, 2011, in a production by the Children's Acting Company. This is a six performance engagement featuring revisions made by Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn which were performed at French Woods Performing Arts Camp in summer 2009 and Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, in the fall 2009 as well as Indian Head camp in summer of 2010.[9]


In 2009-2010, the first production of 13 in Israel occurred in Jerusalem and had three re-mounts in larger venues in Jerusalem as well as national newspaper and television coverage.[10][11]

United Kingdom[edit]

The first UK performance of 13 was performed by Riverside Theatre Company, a youth theatre company from Cambridgeshire, and was performed in July 2010. The show was directed by Richard Mann, choreographed by Sara Johnson, and the musical director was Ian Tipping.

The West End production of 13, a production of the National Youth Music Theatre, premiered at the Apollo Theatre in Westminster, London on August 22, 2012 and closed three days later on August 25, 2012. The production was directed by Jason Robert Brown. As with the Broadway production, the cast were all teenagers. The cast started recording the musical on August 27, 2012 at Sphere Recording Studios in Battersea, London, after a one-night benefit concert that included Brown.[12] The original West End cast recording was released on December 18, 2012.[13][14]

Hong Kong[edit]

In 2011, Theatre Noir presented the first Hong Kong productions in both English and Cantonese.[15] The world premiere of 13's Cantonese version took place at Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 7 October 2011.[16]

In September 2014, Theatre Noir will be presenting a re-run of <13> in both English and Cantonese Version in Yuen Long Theatre, Auditorium on 20-21/9 (Cantonese) 25-28/9 (English).


In March 2012, 13 made its South Australian debut when it was performed by Adelaide Youth Theatre for the Adelaide Fringe Festival at the Adelaide College of the Arts. It was directed by Rodney Hutton and musically directed by Michelle Nightingale.



In December 2013, the world premiere of the Flemish/Dutch version of 13 was performed by Jeugdtheater Ondersteboven, a youth theatre company located in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, performed at the local city theatre.[20]

Film Adaptation[edit]

In 2010, Jason Robert Brown stated on his website that he is working on a screenplay for 13.

On October 2, 2013 in an interview with WBIA Brown said "I believe—knock on wood—that there will be a movie of 13 coming up, maybe in the next year, so that’s really thrilling to me".

On August 12th 2014 CBS films announced[citation needed] they will produce a film adaption of the musical. Laurence Mark is producing the adaptation, and it is being written by Bert V. Royal, who is best known as Easy A. Bob Boyett, who produced 13 onstage, is also producing, while David Blackman will be executive producer. Jason stated on his website[citation needed] that the screenplay is still being written and that filming would not start for at least another year.


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  5. ^ Hernandez, Ernio."Kaye, Fishburne, Felder Among Nominees for 2007 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards" playbill.com, September 24, 2007
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  7. ^ Gans, Andrew and Jones, Kenneth."New Musical 13 to Close on Broadway in January 2009", playbill.com, November 21, 2008
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth."13, A New Musical Comes of Age on Broadway Sept. 16" Playbill.com, September 16, 2008
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam.After Broadway Growing Pains, 13 The Musical Returns to NYC in Revised Version April 23" playbill.com, April 23, 2011
  10. ^ Dekel, Ayelet.[1] "13 Mania Grips Jerusalem, March 1, 2010
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  12. ^ Shenton, Mark (30 August 2012). "U.K. Company of Jason Robert Brown's 13 Records Cast Album". Playbill. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/13-musical-original-west-end/id584839768
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  16. ^ Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
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  18. ^ 13 - A New Musical
  19. ^ "13 – A New Musical | BankSA Talk Fringe". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  20. ^ Jeugdtheater Ondersteboven vzw Production details for first dutch performance.

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