The 2008 Broadway musical 13, with a score by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County) and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horne, is the latest theatrical piece to be Netflix-bound. Produced by Neil Meron, the force behind such film musicals as Chicago, Hairspray, and the remake of Footloose will usher the musical comedy to the popular online streaming platform. Tamra Davis of High School Musical: The Musical will direct the film adaptation, and Robert Horn, who recently won a Tony Award for his book for the musical Tootsie, will write the screenplay for 13. Production for the film is expected to begin in August.
Casting for the film version of 13 will be announced at a later date, but it has been announced that casting director Bernie Telsey has been brought onboard to assemble a group of extremely-talented teenagers who will sing, act and dance their hearts out for the production. The original Broadway production boasted a similar team of triple-threat talents, launching the careers of such names as Graham Phillips, Elizabeth Gillies, and pop superstar Ariana Grande.
13 follows the story of Evan Goldman, a boy on the precipice of his 13th birthday and his impending Bar Mitzvah. When Evan’s world is thrown into chaos by his parents’ divorce, the New York City teen is uprooted and moved to a small town in Indiana. There, he must begin his adolescence with the additional struggles of acclimating to a new school, making new friends, and simply starting over. Both hilarious and touching, 13 immerses us into the complicated world of being a teenager: the peer pressure, the bullying, the self-esteem issues, the fitting-in and the growing up.
The Jason Robert Brown score features such memorable numbers as the title song, “The Lamest Place in the World,” “Terminal Illness,” “All Hail the Brain,” “A Little More Homework to Do” and “Brand New You.”
13 joins The Prom and Tick…Tick…Boom! as musical theatre projects that are Netflix bound.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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