The Beauty of Youth: Teens Only Invited to First '13' Open Dress Tonight 9/13

13, A New Musical makes the dean's list again.  The only show to have an all teenage cast & band and to offer $13 tickets, will now host the first ever open dress rehearsal for teenagers only on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8pm.  In addition to teenage students specially chosen from schools across the tri-state area, any fan ages 12-18 can sign up for a chance to receive a ticket by visiting http://www.13fans.com/ and following the instructions on the "Events" page.  ID's will be checked at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street).  Seriously.  Teens Only!

To appease our adult fans, discounts and priority seating will be available for chaperones  of our teen audience members during the show at Planet Hollywood (1540 Broadway, corner of 45th street) as well as a discount offer to return to '13' and see what they missed out on.

13, A New Musical, with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) stars 13 talented teenagers and an all teenage band.   Previews begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 with the official opening at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 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 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).

 Evan Goldman 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 with his Mom… to Indiana.  Uprooted from his old life, he has to make new friends and somehow manoeuvre his way through the minefield of High School to become part of the "in-crowd".  A grown-up story about growing up, featuring the only all-teenage cast ever to hit Broadway!   With an explosive score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.     

The production features scenic & costume design by Tony Nominee David Farley (2008's Sunday in the Park with George), lighting design by Tony Award winner Brian 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 musical is produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Tim Levy, Stacey Mindich, Jane Bergère, Broadway Across America, Ken Davenport, Ted Hartley, Sharon Karmazin, Carl Moellenberg, Jamie Lightstone/Nina Keneally, 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.   For the chance to win free general admission tickets to Broadway's first teen-only dress rehearsal on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8pm, visit http://www.13fans.com/.

For more information, cast videos and a free download of the title track, visit: http://www.13themusical.com/.

Photo Credit Peter James Zielinski

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