13, A New Musical, a unique Broadway offering for the ’tween set and their families, is not in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street, prior its October 5 opening.
13, A New Musical, with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown stars 13 talented teenagers and an all teenage band. With a book by award-winning children’s author and songwriter Dan Elish (“Born Too Short, Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case”) and veteran writer for TV and film Robert Horn (“Designing Women”), 13, A New Musical is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Sams (“The Sound of Music” in the West End) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (“South Pacific”). Tom Kitt (“High Fidelity”) is the music director.
The cast features Al Calderon as Eddie, Eamon Foley as Richie, Caitlin Gann as Molly, Ariana Grande as Charlotte, Aaron Simon Gross as Archie, Elizabeth Egan Gillies as Lucy, Malik Hammond as Malcolm, Joey La Varco as Simon, Delaney Moro as Kendra, Eric M. Nelsen as Brett, Graham Phillips as Evan, Allie Trimm as Patrice, Brynn Williams as Cassie.
Also in the cast are Riley Costello, Henry Hodges, Mary Claire Miskell, Liana Ortiz, Max Schneider, Corey J. Snide and the on-stage teen band members are Lexi Bodick on bass, Zac Coe on percussion, Adam Michael Kaufman on keyboard, Zach Page on guitar, Chris Raymond on guitar, Charlie Rosen (swing musician).
In the play, Evan Goldman has it all — he’s popular, has the perfect family and lives in the greatest city in the world — New York. That is until his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move with his mom…to Indiana. Uprooted from his old life, he has to make new friends and somehow manoeuvre his way through the minefield of high school to become part of the “in-crowd.”
This is a grown-up story about growing up, featuring the only all-teenage cast ever to hit Broadway. With an explosive score, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.