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Looking Back at 13

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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 01:03pm
For the most part I ignored the show during its short run. I know it had a very devoted fanbase that annoyed a lot of the posters here, so my impression has always been that the show was received negatively by most. Listening to the score now I think it's pretty good, even if the lyrics are occasionally idiotic. For those who saw it on stage, I guess my question is did the gimmick of having everyone onstage and in the pit be a teenager overwhelm the other elements?
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Mattbrain
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joined:11/23/05
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 01:11pm
You are about to incur the wrath of Mr. Jordan_Catalano.

For the record, I like the score too.
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 04:31pm
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 05:02pm
One word: YUCK.
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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 05:03pm
Which recording were you listening to? The OBC, the re-released OBC with bonus tracks or the revised London cast recording? All three could provide different ideas about what must have gone wrong. Personally, I prefer the London cast recording because Graham Phillips isn't screaming at me all through the recording.
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Updated On: 12/1/13 at 05:03 PM
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TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 05:37pm
I actually liked Graham Phillips.
The show is certainly flawed, but I think that it had a shorter run than it deserved. I think people underestimated it because of the entirely youth cast.
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dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 06:24pm
I don't know if it was underestimated, for me, it just didn't interest me in the slightest. I cannot imagine, short of having a student of mine IN the show, that anything would have gotten me to purchase a ticket.

People here were SHOCKED that the reviews weren't scathing, btw. (although I understand it improved a bit during the run.)
If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 07:07pm
The wrath?

Don't know what that means but show was awful.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 07:15pm
Both, CATS. Some of the songs are good - The Lamest Place in the World, Tell Her are my favorites.
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darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 08:59pm
I played Key 2 in the pit band over the summer for a local production. Is it a masterpiece? Of course not. But as a fun pop-based musical for younger performers that isn't condescending or treacly, it's definitely miles ahead of High School Musical. And it's a damn fun score to play, music wise.
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Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 09:18pm
Well, Jordan, ya didn't disappoint.
Butters, go buy World of Warcraft, install it on your computer, and join the online sensation before we all murder you. --Cartman: South Park ATTENTION FANS: I will be played by James Barbour in the upcoming musical, "BroadwayWorld: The Musical."
homeimp
Leading Actor
joined:10/2/08
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 11:03pm
I really like the score of 13 and I enjoy playing the music on the piano. I thought Graham's voice was quite good. I wish the best for the cast, especially Aaron, who was wonderful.
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JMPlayer6
Featured Actor
joined:2/7/10
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/1/13 at 11:31pm
I saw this during its brief Broadway run. It wasn't very good, simple as that.
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ARTc3
Broadway Star
joined:8/5/13
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/2/13 at 11:58am
13 was dreadful. I sat there embarrassed for the performers.

Years earlier, I loved The Me Nobody Knows and I have enjoyed shows that featured casts with a large percentage of children. It wasn't that it was young talent. It was that it was no talent. (Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration.)



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Updated On: 12/2/13 at 11:58 AM
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iflip4musicals
Broadway Star
joined:11/30/06
Looking Back at 13
Posted: 12/2/13 at 12:19pm
I enjoyed the music and the idea of the show for the most part. The rush seats I got were front row, and I just remember being embarrassed about being so close and quite uncomfortable because I found the problems they were singing and talking about so funny and trivial it was hard not to laugh at their situations. I was 20 when I saw it, my 16 year old (at the time) sister enjoyed it far more than I did.
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