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Netflix to Adapt 13: The Musical into a Family Film

13: The Musical is being adapted into a family film for Netflix, the streaming service has announced. Three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown will compose new music, Tony Award winner Robert Horn will adapt the script based on the book he co-wrote with Dan Elish, and Tamra Davis is attached to direct.

In the musical, following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

The Broadway version opened on October 5, 2008 and closed on January 4, 2009 after 105 performances. It featured the first and only all-teenager cast and band and served as professional debuts of Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies. The musical has since been a popular production of high school theater groups.

Jason Robert Brown is a composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer who has received three Tony Awards for his work on The Bridges of Madison County and Parade. Most recently, his off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years was adapted into a film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese.

Robert Horn (Tootsie the Musical, Teen Beach Movie) is a playwright, screenwriter and producer who co-wrote the book for 13: The Musical with Dan Elish and will be adapting it for screen. Earlier this year he received a Tony Award for Tootsie, previously co-created the sitcom Partners starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, and penned the hit Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie.

Tamra Davis (Crossroads) began her career directing music videos for acts like Tone Loc, Sonic Youth and NWA before directing her first feature Guncrazy starring Drew Barrymore. She’s more recently known for her prolific TV work directing episodes of acclaimed shows such as Empire, Santa Clarita Diet and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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