“I’m Evan Goldman, I live at 224 West 92nd Street, in the heart of Manhattan. And my life just went to hell,” a young actors tells the audience, breaking the fourth wall.
Thus begins “13 The Musical.” Debuting on Broadway in 2008, the show features music and lyrics by acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown. To this day, the musical is the only all teenager cast and band to hit a Broadway stage. Pop icon Arianna Grande starred in the original cast.
Although a popular choice for youth theatre groups, the musical rarely graces main stage seasons on Long Island. However, despite being a show about 13-year-olds, the musical explores issues that has the potential to resonate with all audiences. Cultural Arts Playhouse begins their run of the show this weekend from May 10 to June 1.
The musical tells the story of Evan Goldman, who moves from New York to Appleton, Indiana. There he first meets outcast and fellow teen Patrice, who explains that he moved to the “lamest place in the world.” But the two become fast friends – until school begins and Evan faces the pressures of fitting in with the popular kids he wants to attend his impending Bar Mitzvah. The show explores issues like peer pressure, adolescent romance, and the importance of authentic friendship.
Founder and owner of the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset, Bruce Grossman, said over 200 young actors auditioned for roles in the musical. Despite the intensive casting process to find the right teens for the 13 roles, which are a double cast, Mr. Grossman and his team assembled a talented group to star on CAP’s stage.
Meet the casts of “13 The Musical” at CAP:
Tickets are available on CAP’s website – get yours today!