13 THE MUSICAL
Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
Pick Me Up staged the York premiere of Broadway hit 13 by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown just two years after its first appearance in the UK at the National Youth Theatre.
The musical, set to an unforgettable rock score, follows the life of Evan Goldman, a slightly confused teenager, whose world is turned upside down when his parents divorce. He's suddenly forced to move from busy New York to “the lamest place in the world,” Appleton Indiana, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Evan has one mission – to get all the cool kids in school to come to his Bar Mitzvah, “the Jewish super bowl.”
Charles Hutchinson, reviewing the production in the York Press, said: "Marks out of 10? 13 of course!"
Jack Armstrong starred as Evan Goldman, following his run as the Artful Dodger in Sheffield Crucible’s production of Oliver! last Christmas, with Kiera Leaper as Patrice and Ned Tomlinson as Archie. Daniel McGuinness made his directorial debut for Pick Me Up.
Hutchinson wrote: "Their partnership works wonderfully as they spark off each other under McGuinness’s direction, Armstrong having an air of pathos, Leaper, the best American singing accent and a knock-out voice, and Tomlinson, an acute sense of comedy.
16-19 APRIL 2014
Music and lyrics by
Jason Robert Brown
Dan Elish and Robert Horn
Musical direction by
Jed Berry and Nadia Douglass
Jed Berry, who choreographed the show with Nadia Douglass, played sporty quarterback Brett and Sophie Cox took the role of wildcat Lucy. Hutchinson said: "Berry and Cox have plenty of fireworks – as do Berry and Nadia Douglass’s choreography and Barbara Chan’s band leadership – and another joy of 13 is its spread of colourful supporting roles that give so many cast members a moment in the singing spotlight."