Click on rom-com 13 going to 30 He gets the theatrical treatment in a new musical.
Released in 2004, Jennifer Garner’s film tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who wishes she were 30, before her wish comes true and she suddenly wakes up 17 years older.
A new musical is now scheduled to premiere in London in summer 2025, which will be written by the original film’s writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, with music and lyrics by Michael Winner and Alan Zachary.
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Before that, a two-week workshop is being held at Battersea Arts Centre, which will include four scripted public performances between 25 and 28 October. Tickets here.
The synopsis for the story reads: “What does Jenna Rink want for her birthday? That’s easy. At thirteen, she wants only one thing – to be thirty, attractive and prosperous.”
“As she blows out her birthday candles, she magically awakens seventeen years later: a thirty-something fashion magazine editor living a seemingly perfect life. As she uncovers the secret of the person she grew up to be, Jenna must determine what is important and who really matters.”
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“When we poured our middle school pain into the movie,” Goldsmith and Yuspa said of the musical 13 going to 30we never imagined it would continue to this day as a rom-com for parents to expose their children to, a Halloween costume, a scene in an Ariana Grande music video, and a bedtime staple for teens.
“Now we’re thrilled to bring our pain across the pond 13 being 30 musical. It has been endlessly fun working with ROYO, Todd Garner, Revolution Studios, composer/lyricists Alan Zachary and Michael Winner, and director Andy Fickman to reinvent this story for the London stage.
“We can’t wait for a new generation to get some Razzles and feel 30, sexy, and thriving.”
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