Sunday, October 05, 2008

13 Takes The 5th

13 Takes The 5th

Today on this October 5, 13, the new Jason Robert Brown musical about thirteen 13 year-olds growing up in Indiana, opens at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The tuner opens on the Great White Way close to two years after first debuting, albeit in a much different version and under different direction (Todd Graff) at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.

With book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, 13 is helmed by Jeremy Sams and features choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Graham Phillips portrays Evan Goldman, a kid who has just moved to the Hoosier State and must contend with a new school order. Others in the cast include Al Calderon, Eamon Foley, Caitlin Gann, Elizabeth Gillies, Ariana Grande, Aaron Simon Gross, Malik Hammond, Joey La Varco, Delaney Moro, Eric Nelsen, Allie Trimm and Brynn Williams.

While Brown earned a Rialto credit for the very unlucky Urban Cowboy, this marks the composer's first real Broadway score since his Tony Award-winning score for 1998-99's Parade.

Will 13 prove lucky with the critics? Find out tomorrow as I offer my critics' capsule.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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