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The musical finds its stars – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has locked down the cast for its upcoming Broadway feature film adaptation 13: The musical.

The musical, which ran from October 2008 to January 2009 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman who, following a move from New York to a small town in Indiana , struggling with her parents’ divorce, prepares for her impending Bar Mitzvah and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

The Broadway version featured the first and only all-teen cast and group, and served as a professional debut for Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies. The musical has since been a popular production of high school theater groups.

Of the 14 on display 13: The musical include Eli Golden (The magician of Lies), Gabriella Uhl, JD McCrary (Black Is King, The Lion King, The Payne’s, Little), Frankie McNellis (Sony Honey girls, Blackish), Lindsey Blackwell (The change up), Jonathan Lengel, Ramon Reed (Disney Channel’s Just roll with), Nolen Dubuc (Good boys), Luke Islam (The mighty ducks: game changers), Shechinah Mpumlwana (Uncorked, Blue’s Clues & You), Kayleigh Cerezo, Wyatt Moss (Moving), Liam Wignall and Khiyla Aynne (Work it out, Ponysitters Club).

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Tony Award winner Robert Horn (Tootsie the Musical, Teen Beach movie) will adapt the screenplay based on the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish for the original Broadway version of 13; Tony 3x award winner Jason Robert Brown, who was the songwriter and lyricist for the Broadway production, will compose new music; and Tamra Davis (Crossroads, High School Musical: The Series, Slinky) attached to direct. Primetime Emmy winner Neil Meron, who produced Chicago and Hair spray, product 13. The EPs are Davis, Horn, Brown, Mark Nicholson and Bob Boyett.

Golden is replaced by CESD and Bercy Talent. Uhl is replaced by Buchwald, Harvest Talent and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. McCrary is replaced by UTA, Moxie Artists Management and Lawrence H. Katz. McNellis is represented by Mattie Management and Take 3 Talent Agency. Blackwell is replaced by A3, J Pervis and Vault Entertainment. Reed is replaced by AEFH and Stagecoach. Dubuc is replaced by da Costa and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Islam is replaced by Mara Entertainment. Mpumlwana is replaced by Newton-Landry. Aynne is replaced by da Costa. Moss is replaced by AMI Artist Management. Cerezo is replaced by Moxie Artists.

13: The musical joins Netflix’s growing list of live-action family movies, including Skater girl from the first director Manjari Makijany and He is all that with Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan directed by Mark Waters (Bad girls). Recent versions include Find ‘Ohana, directed by Jude Weng (Fresh off the boat) and with Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono; Feel the beat, directed by Elissa Down (The honor list) and with Sofia Carson; and comedy 2019 Tall girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Small fires everywhere) and with Ava Michelle.

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