Netflix is going to adapt the Tony Award-winning musical “13” into a family film. The project is being called “13: The Musical,” and it has three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown composing all-new music for the movie. Netflix also announced that Tony Award winner Robert Horn will adapt the script, which will still be based on the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish.
The official logline reads, “Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.”
The Broadway version of the story featured the first and only all-teenager cast & 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. Netflix confirmed that Tamra Davis is attached to direct. Davis directed the movie “Guncrazy” with Drew Barrymore, and directed episodes of “Empire,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” and “Crazy Ex- Girlfriend.”
Jason Robert Brown won three Tony Awards for his work on The Bridges of Madison County and Parade. Most recently, his off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years was adapted into a film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Robert Horn co-wrote the book for 13: The Musical with Dan Elish, which you can find right here on Amazon. Earlier this year he received a Tony Award for Tootsie, and he co-created the sitcom “Partners” starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. Horn also wrote the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie.”
“13: The Musical” is just one of several live-action family films scheduled to release over the next few years. Netflix also has the 2019 comedy “Tall Girl,” which is directed by Nzingha Stewart, which is already available to stream on the platform. Other films in the works are the 2020 movie “Feel the Beat,” directed by Elissa Down and starring Sofia Carson; “The Main Event” directed by Jay Karas; “The Sleepover” directed by Trish Sie; and “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” directed by Rachel Talalay.
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