Photo Coverage: Jason Robert Brown Hosts '13 Questions' at '13'
Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, composer/lyricist of the new musical ‘13', hosted "13 Questions" - a series of audience Q & A's - immediately following the 7pm performance on Tuesday, October 21st. Special co-hosts for the evening included 13's casting director, Mark Simon, "fabulous" members of Broadway's first all teenage cast and band and other members of 13's creative staff. The Talk Back series will continue on Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23, 2008.
Previews for 13 began on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 with the official opening at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Sunday, October 5, 2008. With a book by award winning children's author & songwriter Dan Elish("Born Too Short, Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case") and veteran writer for TV and film Robert Horn ("Designing Women"), 13, A New Musical is directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Sams (The Sound of Music in the West End) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific). Tom Kitt (High Fidelity) is the Music Director.The "captivating" (Variety) cast features Al Calderon as Eddie, Eamon Foley as Richie, Caitlin Gann as Molly, Ariana Grande as Charlotte, Aaron Simon Gross as Archie, Elizabeth Egan Gillies as Lucy, Malik Hammond as Malcolm, Joey La Varco as Simon, Delaney Moro as Kendra, Eric M. Nelsen as Brett, Graham Phillips as Evan, Allie Trimm as Patrice, Brynn Williams as Cassie. Also in the cast are Riley Costello, Henry Hodges, Mary Claire Miskell, LiAna Ortiz, Max Schneider, Corey J. Snide and the on-stage teen band members are Lexi Bodick on bass, Zac Coe on percussion, Adam Michael Kaufman on keyboard, Zach Page on guitar, Chris Raymond on guitar, Charlie Rosen (swing musician). The production features scenic & costume design by Tony Nominee David Farley(2008's Sunday in the Park with George), lighting design by Tony Award winnerBrian MacDevitt (The Coast of Utopia Part I) and sound design by Jon Weston(The Color Purple). 13, A New Musical earned the LA Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Production and Best Musical Score for its world premiere production at Center Theatre Group/The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (December 22, 2006 - February 18, 2007) and enjoyed a successful run at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT (May 8, 2008 - June 9, 2008). The 13 Original Cast Recording, which was recorded before performances began, was released in digital form on Tuesday, September 30th and impressively debuted at #2 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and number #38 overall. The CD version will be available in stores beginning November 25th. It is produced by Jeffrey Lesser, composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, and Executive Produced by Sh-K-Boom / Ghostlight Records President Kurt Deutsch and Bill Rosenfield. www.sh-k-boom.com The musical is produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Tim Levy, Ken Davenport, Ted Hartley, Stacey Mindich, Jane Bergère, Broadway Across America,Sharon Karmazin, Carl Moellenberg, Tom Miller, True Love Productions/Olympus Theatricals, Center Theatre Group in association with Shorenstein Hays Nederlander and The Araca Group. Tickets for 13, A New Musical can be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or http://www.telecharge.com/ and at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) Box Office. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm. Please note that there is no performance on Tuesday, November 4th. A performance has been added on Monday, November 3rd at 7pm. For more information, cast videos and a free download of the title track, visit:http://www.13themusical.com/. To join the 13 community, visit: www.13fans.com.
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
13 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Girls of '13'
Brynn Williams and the cast
The children from "Friends of 13"