Netflix brings Broadway musical 13 to screen
Netflix is bringing Broadway musical 13 to the screen.
13 follows young Evan Goldman, as he grapples with his parents’ divorce following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.
Emmy Award Winner and Tony Award nominee Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, The Bucket List, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sound of Music) will produce the film, which will be adapted by Tony Award winner Robert Horn (Tootsie the Musical, Teen Beach Movie) from the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish. Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison Country, Parade) will compose new music, while director Tamra Davis (High School Musical: The Musical, Crossroads) will be at the helm.
Following American Son and Springsteen on Broadway, the film marks Netflix’s growing push into Broadway adaptations, alongside Ryan Murphy’s The Prom and Boys in the Band and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tick…tick…Boom!
The original Broadway show featured the first and only all-teenager cast and band and served as professional debuts of Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies. The musical has since been a popular production of high school theater groups.
Casting director Bernie Telsey has come on board to begin a worldwide search for 13 pre-teen triple threats with veteran Broadway experience.
Production is slated to commence in August.