“I wanna fly, wanna drive, wanna get rich, wanna get out, wanna get my braces off, wanna get my nose pierced, wanna grow my hair long.”
"Superlative artistry and verve.
It's nice to see so much care and attention lavished on the younger generation, who in turn pull out all the stops to wow us." -- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times (read online)
"'13' is sheer bliss.
The kids possess all the feisty energy of cats in a sack, as well as talent and rhythm that send them down the aisles and into the audience's hearts." -- Bob Verini, Variety (online review not available)
"AN EXPERIENCE SO GOOD NATURED AND EXUBERANT.
Performers are skilled, charismatic, versatile and shot through with more than enough electricity to charge this musical and three others like it." -- Evan Henerson, Daily News (read review online)
"GO! HIGH-SPIRITED SONGS AND DANCES.
It's the terrific teenagers, singing, playing and dancing up a storm who make it all worthwhile." -- Neal Weaver, LA Weekly (read review online)
In a middle school in Appleton, Indiana thirteen 13 year olds leap from childhood into a whole new fantastic and frightening era: their teens. Like kids everywhere, they suddenly are trying to survive classes, navigate cliques and be in with the right crowd and “cool”. In 100 song-filled minutes 13 is their provoking, engaging story, told with contagious energy and humor with all-teen performers and a teen band.
"The best and the worst and the most and the least
And the crazy and the scary
And I'm standing on the edge!"
Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown has composed the songs for this new musical comedy – smart, magnetic, and upbeat -- sure to speak to and captivate current, former, and soon to be teens.
A Medley of Songs from "13", by Jason Robert Brown.
JASON ROBERT BROWN has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music “ (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” more
On Jason Robert Brown's website, you can hear work from his other musicals including his Tony winner Parade. Or read his weblog.