13,THE NEW MUSICAL
. . . is playing now through July 25, 2010. Only 3 more days to see this in Rancho Penasquitos at the Westview High School, produced by American Rose Theatre. For tickets, 619-733-2021 or www.americanrosetheatre.com
Reviewed by Peggy Lips-Kaz
Do you remember what you were doing when you were 13 years old? I don’t. This is a new musical by Tony award winning composer Jason Robert Brown. The cast of 30 teens, many with professional acting credits had the experience of being mentored by the composer [Jason Robert Brown]. What an amazing opportunity for these young people. There are two casts, alternating the performances. All the major cast members are...you guessed it, 13 (years of age). Don’t let their age deter you. These are very professional, well-rehearsed actors/actresses. The show was perfect and wonderful. The all-teen band includes Chris Raymond, guitarist for the original Los Angeles and Broadway productions.
This is a high-energy funny musical. OK, so you
aren’t 13 anymore? Take a trip back in time to empathize with the teens of
today as they try to find their own “cool”. Evan Goldman’s parents have
just gotten divorced and he and his mom move from New York City to a small
town in Indiana. Major cultural shock !! Now he is turning 13, adjusting
to a new school, friends and “manhood”.