Everything We Know about the Netflix film 13: The Musical

July 14, 2022
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This article discusses Netflix film 13: The Musical and contains information on the premise, release date, cast, trailer, and soundtrack.

Netflix’s August slate is heating up, and with plenty more films to be announced, maybe this musical teen drama will take your fancy based on Broadway and is beloved? Here is everything we know about the Netflix film 13: The Musical.

13: The Musical premise

Courtesy of Netflix — Following his parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Evan Goldman (Eli Golden) uproots from New York City with his mother Jessica (Debra Messing). With his Bar Mitzvah fast approaching, Evan is devastated that he must leave all his friends, his father (Peter Hermann) and his rabbi (Josh Peck) behind. But upon arriving at his grandmother’s (Rhea Perlman) house in small-town Walkerton, Indiana, he hatches a plan to win new friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever. As an outsider navigating the complicated social circles of his new school, Evan quickly finds out he’s not the only one grappling with the all too familiar anxieties of eighth grade. While his new friends Patrice (Gabriella Uhl) and Archie (Jonathan Lengel) fret over the fate of the planet and unrequited love, respectively, popular cheerleader Lucy (Frankie McNellis) desperately plots to stave off a first kiss between her crush Brett (JD McCrary) and best friend Kendra (Lindsey Blackwell). To make matters worse, Evan invites the popular kids to his party—who aren’t fans of Patrice. With these competing interests in play, Evan faces the impossible task of bringing everyone happily together in time for his party, or else risk social ruin. Suddenly, turning 13 isn’t looking as good as it’s cracked up to be. Directed by Tamra Davis, and based on the hugely popular musical 13, which debuted on Broadway in 2008, 13: THE MUSICAL is a coming-of-age journey through the unforgettable ups and downs of preteen life.

Our opinion on the premise:

This is going to be your typical teen, coming-of-age drama, with plenty of music to swoon over the audience. The key to this series will be the soundtrack. Will it be good enough? Or will this be a generic entry into the Netflix film slate? We’ll find out in August, but considering it’s based on the Broadway show, this could be promising.

Netflix film 13: The Musical release date

The film will be released globally on the streaming service on August 12, 2022.

The cast

Debra Messing, Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck, Peter Hermann, Eli Golden, Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Jonathan Lengel, Ramon Reed, Nolen Dubuc, Luke Islam, Shechinah Mpumlwana, Kayleigh Cerezo, Willow Moss, Liam Wignall, Khiyla Aynne.

The film is directed by Robert Horn and the music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown.

13: The Musical soundtrack

Courtesy of Netflix — GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and ATLANTIC RECORDS have announced the release of 13 The Musical – Soundtrack from the Netflix Film in digital and streaming platforms on Friday, August 12. The movie is based on the 2018 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. The new film version features three new songs written for the project, “I’ve Been Waiting,” “The Bloodmaster,” and “It Would Be Funny.” A special bonus track features a cover version of “Tell Her” by chart-topping singer and songwriter Alec Benjamin. Additional bonus tracks include extended versions of “Getting Ready” and “What It Means to Be a Friend.” The album is produced by Harvey Mason Jr., with orchestrations by Mark Graham. 13 The Musical is directed by Tamra Davis, written by Robert Horn, and produced by Neil Meron. The track “13” is out NOW, and the soundtrack is available for pre-order HERE.

Here is the track listing:

  1. 13
  2. The Lamest Place In The World
  3. I’ve Been Waiting *new original song
  4. Opportunity
  5. The Bloodmaster *new original song
  6. Getting Ready
  7. Bad Bad News
  8. It Would Be Funny *new original song
  9. Tell Her
  10. A Little More Homework
  11. Brand New You
  12. Getting Ready (Extended) *bonus track
  13. What It Means To Be A Friend *bonus track
  14. Tell Her *bonus track by recording artist Alec Benjamin

Is there a trailer?

Of course! Here we go.

Our opinion on the trailer:

I mean, there are no surprises here with the trailer. But let’s hope for the fans that it lives up to the musical that everyone has adored for years. The film certainly will not turn the world on fire, but that’s not what’s important here. It’s whether it can please the fanbase that will be hoping it’s a good interpretation of the musical.

What do you think of 13: The Musical? Will you be adding this to your Netflix watch list? Comment below.

You’ll be able to watch this film with a subscription to Netflix.