13 THE MUSICAL
|The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1|
|Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown|
|EVAN - Guy Harvey|
|PATRICE - Sienna Kelly|
|BRETT - Jacques Miché|
|EDDIE - Jack Cashion|
|MALCOLM - Robin Franklin|
|LUCY - Georgia Riley|
|Clair Gleave, Molly-May Keston, Florence Russell, Alfie Glasser,|
|Dominic Harrison, Eddie Manning, Daniel Sykes|
|Conductor / Piano - Torquil Munro|
|Guitar - Felix Stickland|
|Guitar - Oliver Farley|
|Keyboard - Max McMahon|
|Percussion - Tristan Butler|
|Bass Guitar - Marcus Pritchard|
|Director - Jason Robert Brown|
|Musical Director - Torquil Munro|
|Choreographer - Drew McOnie|
|Designer - Richard Kent|
|Lighting Design - David Plater|
|Sound Design - Yvonne Gilbert|
|Assistant Director - Naomi Jones|
|Assistant Musical Director - Tom Brady|
|Assistant Choreographer - Lucinda Lawrence|
|Assistant Designer - Rachel Stone|
|Dialect Coach - Rick Lipton|
|Production Manager - Kate West|
|Stage Manager - Michelle Duncan|
|Deputy Stage Manager - Ben Sheen|
|Assistant Stage Managers - Adam Tartaglia, Dan Huckle|
|Production Electrician & Lighting Programmer - Daniel Haggerty|
|Assistant Lighting Technicians - Robert Youngson, Paul Walmsley|
|Sound Supervisor - Nick Lidster for Autograph|
|Sound Operator - Andy Graham|
|Assistant Sound Technicians – Charles Simpson, Najimat Mansoibou|
|Photography - Rob Youngson, Sandy Youngson|
|Pastoral Support - Helen Clarkson, David Grant, Ben Sheen|
|Producer - Jeremy Walker|
Jason Robert Brown’s Parade has been produced at the Donmar and Southwark Playhouse, and The Last Five Years at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in a series of Sunday night performances at the Haymarket. But it’s a remarkable fact that the London premiere of 13, his 2008 Broadway musical that features a cast of 13 13-year-olds, marks his longest West End run since a week-long run of The Last Five Years at the Duchess, though in fact it’s only running for four nights and six performances.
Where’s the popular hit that Brown deserves? 13 isn’t it, either - but if it’s not a 10/10, it’s an entirely adorable musical about the trials of becoming a teenager, and is performed vivaciously by its all-teenage cast from the National Youth Music Theatre. Although this company may lack the sheen of their original Broadway stage-school professionals, they’re rougher, tougher and more adorable for it. As Evan finds his life uprooted from upper West Side Manhattan to rural Indiana after his parents split up, Guy Harvey delightfully charts his path trying to fit in at a new school, but finding that being one of the outsiders, with the oddly unpopular Patrice (Sienna Kelly, one of the most fully formed performers in the show) and disabled Archie (Tim Mahendran), has its own integrity.
So does this show, that lies somewhere between High School Musical (with a better score) and Spring Awakening (with less angst and dysfunction). Brown’s own charmer of a production is delightfully supported by Drew McOnie’s tremendously integrated choreography of fresh, spontaneous-seeming street moves, and Torquil Munro’s superb musical direction of a six-strong band.
Reviewer: Mark Shenton, THE STAGE
If you’ve ever been 13 then you will be able to relate to this show. It is a hilarious reminder of how hard it is growing up. In the story we meet Evan Goldman who’s parents have split up as his dad ran off with an air hostess. His mum decides to move them from New York City to Indiana to start a new life for themselves. This couldn’t be worse news for Evan who is preparing for the biggest day of his life… his Bah Mitzvah. It is a story of how desperation to fit in with the new kids at school can mean that you end up turning on those who are most important to you. Mixed in with hilarious acting, songs and a large dose of Jewish!
13 is like High School Musical but somehow feels so much more grown up and professional. The cast of 13, is outstanding. I was convinced they had been brought over from Broadway for this, as the American accents were impeccable. I was shocked to find out it is an English production!
With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish, I had high hopes for this show and my expectations were blown out of the water. The cast of this show are the stars of the future.
Spent the afternoon in the theatre yesterday watching the future of musical theatre in the UK perform one of the best shows for young people I have ever seen. Congrats to everyone concerned. If you run a youth theatre you seriously need to get a production of this show going. AMAZING!!
Douglas Mayo, AMATEUR STAGE
13 was absolutely amazing! I have been waiting to see this show for such a long time and I finally got to see it! The show was so good! The cast were outstanding and the score by Jason Robert Brown is flawless. The only downside about the production is that it is only in town for 4 days for 6 performances! I so wish that it was around for longer! It is definitely one of those shows that you could recommend to everybody and go and see again, and again.
As a whole the show is a showstopper that is full with teenage gags that make you smile endlessly from ear to ear from curtain up to the final bows. I definitely would love to see it again. Well done guys!
With the possible exception of Rent and Spring Awakening I think Jason Robert Brown has been responsible for the best American musicals of the last twenty years (and a major influence on many others) even if commercial success has been elusive. 13 is a perfect showcase for the NYMT and is probably the only way this terrific show would be seen in the West End and an astonishingly talented young cast have the privilege of being directed by Brown himself. There are hints of Grease, Footloose and of course High School Musical (which came later) but the story of a geeky Jewish pre-teen transplanted from New York to rural Indiana has great charm and is much funnier than Brown's other more serious work. Guy Harvey is hugely engaging in the lead as Evan. Jack Cashion and Tim Mahendran have genuine comic talent and casting directors will surely be noting the name of Sienna Kelly, who sings superbly and is touching as the outsider Patrice. A delightful show performed with exuberance by a remarkable cast of young amateurs - 13 stands comparison with any other musical I have seen this year.
Reviewer: David Baxter Rating: ★★★★★
I went to watch the matinee of National Youth Music Theatre's production of 13 which is written by composer Jason Robert Brown. It was incredible. The talent in those teenage performers was outstanding and I was seriously impressed with them. I love seeing talented teens who have decided to pursue a really healthy and satisfying hobbie that could potentially become a career (hence working on my summer school for so many years). My good friend Drew McOnie was the choreographer of the show and his work is always amazing and I was really impressed by his intelligent imaginative movement which he'd created within the show. It's a shame it was only on in London for 6 performances as I'd have harped on about it for ages urging people to see it!
This was a last minute decision for me last weekend but one of the most refreshing things i’ve seen in a long time. It’s one of American Composer Jason Robert Brown’s biggest works. It played on Broadway and did a short run at the Apollo theatre, where JRB’s work has been celebrated this month. It’s absolutely brilliant. The cast are all 14 or 15 years old and hugely talented. It tells the story of a young US teen who has to move from New York to the middle of nowhere. Turning 13 is confusing enough, but it’s important to be in the ‘cool’ group, isn’t it?? He realises there is more to friendship and finding love than that. ‘We’ve all got a little more homework to do’. I’m sure the teenager in all of us can relate to these clever lines too, ‘no you’re not ready, no it’s not time yet, wait until you’re older’. I was blown away by how much joy these talented youngsters seemed to get from performing, the weeks of work which must have gone into it. If it is back in the UK again I’d recommend it; the songs were in my head for days!
|U.K. Company of Jason Robert Brown's 13 Records Cast Album|
The National Youth Music Theatre's young ensemble, who recently gave a six-performance run of Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13 at the West End's Apollo Theatre, have recorded it for later CD release.
The show's run ended Aug. 25, and on Aug. 26 the cast reunited to be part of a one-night benefit at the Apollo Theatre for the National Youth Music Theatre at which Brown sang and played as well. The cast then went into London's Sphere Studios Aug. 27 to record the show. According to a press representative for the National Youth Music Theatre, Brown will mix and produce the album at his studio in L.A., and it is expected to be released and distributed internationally by his U.S. label Ghostlight Records.
13, for which he provided music and lyrics, premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. in 2007, and was subsequently presented in a new production at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2008, where it opened officially Oct. 5 and ran through Jan. 4, 2009, following an earlier run at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre. The show revolves around "13-year-old Evan Goldman, who apparently 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 — to a small town in Indiana. Uprooted from his old life, he has to make new friends and somehow maneuver the minefield of High School to become part of the 'in-crowd.'"
"As ever with the NYMT, there's a whole lot of talent bubbling away."
Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com
I’ve now seen quite a few productions of 13, from Broadway, through small local productions, to the Edinburgh Fringe and now NYMT’s at the West End. The NYMT’s is exceptional by any standard. Guy Harvey perfectly inhabits the role of Evan as a teen on the edge of ‘becoming a man’. Tim Mahendran as Archie and Sienna Kelly as Patrice were excellent and resisted the temptation to make the characters too oddball! Attention to detail in every respect from Jacques Miché as Brett was exceptional - the best I’ve seen since Broadway by far.
Above all the NYMT cast made me notice and taught me things about the show that I hadn’t thought of or perhaps realised before. No apologies at all for bombarding everyone’s timelines with @13WestEnd tweets. Book now to see one of the remaining shows this week!
Reviewer: Simon Wilson on Twitter
|FROM JASON ROBERT BROWN’S BLOG…|
Posted on August 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm
I’m having a moment. I stood on the stage of the Apollo Theatre tonight where they were loading in the set for the first musical I’ve ever directed, the musical that opens in three days on the West End with a group of young genius pain-in-the-ass performers that I love very much and a team of designers and staff that has been so unbelievably supportive of my “vision” (whatever that may be) and so gifted at translating it into their own amazing artistic languages, and I thought of the ridiculous journey of this ridiculous show that has brought me such joy and pride, and it was all a little overwhelming. To all the 13iacs from 2004 until forever, we’re taking the next step now. Something about being suddenly a stranger…
|Posted on August 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm|
|I don’t even know how to describe the joy of this past week in London. Getting to watch 13 come to life on the West End with a cast of young, gloriously gifted actors was such a gift, such a blessing to me; but then to follow that with tonight’s concert, where seven hundred people gathered at the Apollo Theatre – the same theatre where Olivier starred in Journey’s End – to hear seventy students, three amazing singers and a ten-piece orchestra bring seventeen of my songs beautifully to life, that … well, I have no words for that. I will never understand how this career of mine works, but the fact that I can have weeks like this more than compensates for whatever madness I endure.|
TWITTER ON “13”
27 Aug Nicholas Sheehan @NicholasSheehan Really enjoyed @13WestEnd Great cast full of energy! Can't wait for the cast album :-) 27 Aug West End Wilma @westendwilma The stars of the future @13WestEnd - a masterpiece by @MrJasonRBrown http://www.westendwilma.com/13/
was incredible! Well done to all the NYMT cast, such an amazing performance from everyone! Everyone needs to go and see it! NOW!
Go and see 13 at the Apollo theatre directed by Jason Robert Brown.. what a group of incredible young kids!!!! #wortheverypenny