Remember when you were 13? That awkward age when your biggest problem was how you were going to fit in? That time when you were experiencing the ups and downs of puberty? That year when the birds and the bees was a fascinating and curious (sometimes even terrifying!) topic?
13: The Musical brings back all the wonderful memories of adolescence through a story that will strike a chord with anyone aged 13 and up. The scenes are familiar – featuring first kisses, blackmail, bullying, courtship, and many other moments of being 13 years old – but shown under a sweeter, more poignant, and more mature light than your average coming-of-age teenage story. Presented by Ateneo Blue Repertory, with a young cast who still remembers how the world looked in the eyes of a 13 year old, 13: The Musical is a nostalgic musical journey down the road of growing up.
13: The Musical follows the story of Evan Goldman, a New Yorker on the brink of turning 13 years old. When his parents get divorced, he is forced to move to the “middle-of-nowhere” Appleton, Indiana, where he must make new friends and build a new reputation from scratch. Trouble starts when Evan tries to fix everyone’s problems – the star quarterback needs help courting the prettiest cheerleader, his friend Archie is demanding a date with his crush, and, on top of it all, someone is spreading the nastiest rumors about him. Evan’s loyal friend, the school geek Patrice, helps him get by, but because of the merciless hierarchy of their school, Evan must recognize who his true friends are and discover what it really means to be a man.
An unforgettable rock score accompanies 13: The Musical from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown who has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Christopher de Venecia, nominated for Best Director in Broadway World Philippines Awards 2011 for his work in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Little Shop of Horrors, returns to the blueREP stage to direct. Reb Atadero, well-received by critics as Peter in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Bare 2012, takes care of musical direction. Mica Fajardo, last seen in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Bare 2012, will be in charge of choreography.
Ateneo Blue Repertory’s 13: The Musical will have an extended run on August 15, 16, 17, 18 (8pm) & August 18 (3pm) at the Fine Arts Theater, 3/F Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. Please contact Aina Pacificador at 09175002462 for ticket inquiries.
Ateneo Blue Repertory’s 13: The Musical Extended Run