Friday, May 25, 2007

Not Unlucky: 13 Headed To Broadway

Not Unlucky: 13 Headed To Broadway

According to Philip Boroff of Bloomberg, Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13 is being prepped for a Broadway bow sometime in early 2008. As I reported earlier this year, 13 enjoyed its world premiere at LA's Mark Taper Forum in January.

Although this teen musical will undoubtedly seem like a throwback to another era after Spring Awakening -- which is quite ironic since the former is set in present day Indiana, while the anachronistic Spring Awakening is set in 19th Century Germany -- 13 did capture a fair amount of decent reviews during its original Left Coast run.

Todd Graff directed the Los Angeles staging; however, there's no word yet on a director or theatre. However, the ubiquitous Bob Boyett is on-board as producer.

The story also indicated that Brown has written songs for another Great White Way hopeful: Honeymoon in Vegas -- a stage adapatation by Andrew Bergman of his 1992 film.

Readers will know what a huge fan I am of Brown's The Last Five Years, as well as his work on Parade. While the jury is still out on whether 13 can succeed, it is officially near the top of my list of shows I want to see during Broadway's new theatrical season.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
Was 13 Lucky With Critics? (January 9, 2007)
Jason Robert Brown + Mark Taper Forum = 13 (January 7, 2007)
Flashback: Best of 2002-03 (May 25, 2006)
"13" Reasons to Take in LA Theatre This Winter (May 5, 2006)

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At 29 May, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a big supporter of JRB's work. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed when I saw 13 at the Taper. Generally, JRB's work is thought provoking, invigorating, but "13" was bland. If it really does go to Broadway, I sincerely hope he works on the story & music a little more.

At 29 May, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with the show. Perhaps it's one of the reasons why the news item last week indicated that it would go through a rewrite. The news item also went on to say that JRB couldn't be reached for comment. Interesting...


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