All-teen cast rocks 13: The Musical, starting tonight

Cast of Bring on Tomorrow Co.’s 13: The Musical. Anita Alberto photo.

Either 13: The Musical is a phenomenal entertainment, or there’s a lot of young musical theatre talent in town—or perhaps both. Because, for the second time this year, a local theatre company is mounting the show.

Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical was a hit when it opened on Broadway with an all-teenage cast in 2008. The show offers a rare opportunity for an adolescent cast to show what it can do in a laugh-and-song-filled story about the trials and tribulations of the teenage years. In July, Eternal Theatre Collective presented its version; beginning tonight (Sept. 28), Bring On Tomorrow Co. is presenting its take on the musical, featuring a cast of TV-vet teen actors and a live band.

In 13, Evan Goldman has to adapt when he moves from New York City to small-town Indiana. There, he finds himself navigating the social hierarchy in his new school, while planning what he hopes will be an epic bar mitzvah.

The cast includes Graham Verchere (Evan Goldman), who is a regular on the FX series Fargo, and is appearing  in ABC’s The Good Doctor. Also starring is Julia MacLean, an Arts Club regular who regularly belts out the national anthem for sports teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, and Michelle Creber. In 2015, Creber was nominated for a Leo Award for her performance in Strange Empire. Cast member Jason Sakaki appears on Disney Channel’s Mech-X4.

Bring On Tomorrow Co., which mounted a critically acclaimed version of Fame last year, is behind the production. Company co-founder Chris Adams is directing the musical.

“When 13: The Musical made its 2008 debut – as the first-ever Broadway show to feature an all-teenage cast – audiences were taken with its young stars”, director Chris Adams said in a media release.

“Having teens play teen characters was a winning decision for its creators: no one can better convey an authentic youth’s perspective than those on the front lines of adolescence. In the same spirit, our production showcases some of Vancouver’s most accomplished performers age 18 and under. We can’t wait to unveil their collective magic as they light up the stage.”

Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning musician Michael Creber will lead a live band.

Cast of Bring on Tomorrow Co.’s 13: The Musical. Anita Alberto photo.

13: The Musical runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 4 – Oct. 8 at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St.).

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