13 The Musical Little More Homework

Evan
If you stand here behind me
And you call me a man
And you're counting on me
To come through,
You should know that
I'll give you
The best that i can,
But we all have a little more
Homework to do.
If you're walking beside me
And you want to be friends,
You should know i'm
Depending on you.
So you gotta hang in there
'til the whole story ends
'cause we all have a little
More homework to do.
And i've been looking in the
Back of the book for the answers,
Hoping the bell wouldn't chime,
But i'm not ready to put
Down my pencil just yet,
There are too many answers
That i didn't get.
I need a little less pressure,
And a little more time.
I am trying to follow,
I am trying to lead,
I am trying to find what is true,
But if you're gonna stand
With me,
Then you have to concede
That we all have a little
More homework to do.

Charlotte
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day
Turns to day turns to day.
You get a little bit older,
A little bit taller,
A little bit better, a little bit.
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day
And the days before all go
Too fast,
You can't hold on.
So you go

Charlotte & richie
& evan
Day turn to day turns to day
Turns to day
Turns to day turns to day
Evan
And i'm a little bit older,
A little bit stronger,
A little bit smarter -
A little bit.

Charlotte & richie
& evan
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day
Turns to day
Charlotte
And the days ahead comin'
On so quick,
You can't get out of the way.

Charlotte & richie
& evan
You keep runnin'
All kids
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day
Turns to day turns to day
And i'm a little bit older,
A little bit faster,
A little bit closer, a little bit.
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day
And the sky goes blue and
The sky goes black
And no matter what you do,
You can't go back, you go
Day into day into day…

Evan
I turned thirteen, my parents
Got divorced, and i moved
From new york city to the
Middle of nowhere.

All
Day into day into day.

Patrice
I turned thirteen, and i kissed
A boy. more than once!

Kendra
I turned thirteen and signed a
Virginity pledge.

All
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day…

Lucy
I was diagnosed with an
Eating disorder.

Brett
I failed math. but we won the
Championship!

All
And i'm a little bit braver,
A little bit broader,
A little bit brighter,
A little bit…

Archie
I turned thirteen and i had
To have spinal cord surgery.
God, that sucked.

All
Day turns to day turns to day!

Eddie
I got busted for driving my
Dad's pickup.

All
Day turns to day turns to day!

Charlotte
I got drunk.

Molly
And i've been looking in the back
Of the book for the answers.
Hoping the bell wouldn't chime.

Malcolm
My parents split up.

Cassie
But i'm not ready to put
Down my pencil just yet.

Simon
There are too many answers
That i didn't get.

Richie
I need a little less pressure.

All
And a little more time.
I am trying to follow,
I am trying to lead,
I am trying to learn what is true.
I am trying to be what you
Want and i need
And we all have a little
More homework.
We all have a little more
Homework.
We all have a little more
Homework
To do
(day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day)
A little more homework to do
(day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day)
A little more homework to do
(day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day)
A little more homework to do
(day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day)
A little more homework to do
(day turns to day turns to
Day turns to day turns to day)

Evan
My name is evan goldman. i
Live at 24 plains drive, appleton,
Indiana. i'm thirteen years old.
And i'm just getting started.

But “13” treats Evan’s pursuit of Popularity (and when you’re 13, the word carries a capital P) in broad generic terms spiced with topical references, as if enacting an ages-old ritual dressed up in Abercrombie & Fitch and accessorized with cellphones. The characters are as eternal as types in commedia dell’arte, and the plot as set as that of a Passion play by way of young adult fiction.

When his parents separate, Evan is whisked by his mother from Manhattan to the thrills-free town of Appleton, Ind. His bar mitzvah is coming up, and he really, really wants the hippest kids in his school to attend, even though it means betraying his true soul mates, the honorable but unpopular Patrice (Allie Trimm) and the witty pariah Archie (Aaron Simon Gross), who has a degenerative neuromuscular disorder and walks with crutches.

On the other side of the social divide loom the blindingly blond sports star Brett (Eric M. Nelsen), who lusts after the virginal cheerleader Kendra (Delaney Moro) and is lusted after by Kendra’s skanky best friend, Lucy (Elizabeth Egan Gillies). In his eagerness to be accepted, Evan finds himself disastrously negotiating his classmates’ romances for them.

With bright, flat cartoon sets by David Farley and briskly exaggerated direction by Jeremy Sams, the show unfolds with less multidimensionality than your average graphic novel. It begins promisingly, with a rousing opening number (set in Manhattan) that captures the electric ambivalence of entering adolescence. (Christopher Gattelli’s otherwise unremarkable choreography is at its best here.) And its concluding moral comes in a sweetly harmonized anthem about growing up called “A Little More Homework.”

In between, the show relies heavily on the charm of young ’uns belting adenoidally, which for me at least, wears on the ears. The tone of the songs swings from boundary-pushing flippancy (the emotional blackmail ballad “Terminal Illness,” about Archie’s medical condition) to earnest sentimentality (“What It Means to Be a Friend”).

There are some clever lyrics and genuinely funny jokes along the way. (“Come on,” says Patrice to the newly arrived Evan. “I’ll show you the hillside where everyone waits for the Resurrection.”) And there is one inspired sequence set in a movie theater where a splatter film spoils the mood for the boys who want to put the moves on their dates.

The cast is fine. It avoids pushing too hard, which is always a mercy with young performers. Mr. Phillips has an easygoing forthrightness and emotional openness that anchors the production. (His role is played on Saturday nights by Corey J. Snide.) And Mr. Gross projects a winning acerbic wistfulness as a self-styled Tiny Tim who has decided to exploit his disability.

But mostly the characters never emerge as genuine individuals. Maybe that’s deliberate on the part of the show’s creators, to allow young audience members to project themselves onto archetypal personas. But if I’m going to revisit the worst years of my life, I need some fresh insights — or at least a sustained, authentic rush of the painful glory that is youth — to make it worth my while.

13

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn; directed by Jeremy Sams; choreography by Christopher Gattelli; sets and costumes by David Farley; lighting by Brian MacDevitt; sound by Jon Weston; executive producer, 101 Productions Ltd.; associate producers, Shorenstein Hays Nederlander/the Araca Group; music director, Tom Kitt; arrangements and orchestrations, Mr. Brown. Presented by Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Tim Levy, Ken Davenport, Ted Hartley, Stacey Mindich, Jane Bergère, Broadway Across America, Sharon Karmazin, Carl Moellenberg, Tom Miller, True Love Productions/Olympus Theatricals and Center Theater Group. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, 242 West 45th Street, Manhattan, (212) 239-6200. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

WITH: Al Calderon (Eddie), Eamon Foley (Richie), Caitlin Gann (Molly), Elizabeth Egan Gillies (Lucy), Ariana Grande (Charlotte), Aaron Simon Gross (Archie), Malik Hammond (Malcom), Joey La Varco (Simon), Delaney Moro (Kendra), Eric M. Nelsen (Brett), Graham Phillips (Evan), Corey J. Snide (Evan), Allie Trimm (Patrice) and Brynn Williams (Cassie).

Thirteen

Bernard B. Jacobs Theater

242 W. 45th St.

Midtown West

212-239-6200

CategoryBroadway, Comedy, Musical

PreviewSeptember 16, 2008

OpenedOctober 5, 2008

Closing Date January 4, 2009

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