Top: Weirdness Magnet
. Bottom (L-R): Dumb Blonde
, Alpha Bitch
, Jerkass Woobie
, The Cast Show Off Simon
, Alliterative Name
, Hey, It's That Guy!
, The Girl Next Door
, The Jerk Jock
, Those Two Guys
, and The Ensemble Darkhorse
is the story of a Jewish boy named Evan, who moves to Appleton, Indiana from New York City after his parents get a divorce. He first befriends his neighbor Patrice, whose only other friend is Archie, the terminally ill nerd. Evan decides that, in order for his Bar Mitzvah to be a hit, he will have to become popular and unintentionally gets himself involved in a fight over the quarterback Brett between best friends Kendra and Lucy
. Hilarity Ensues
With music by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. It was the first Broadway musical with an entirely teenage cast.
Has A WMG page
and a character sheet
This work shows examples of
- Accidental Kiss: Brett and Archie.
- Adults Are Useless: All of the action takes place among the kids.
- Against My Religion: Patrice jokes that bar mitzvahs are against her religion.
Evan: The one day where everything is supposed to be happy and perfect!
Patrice: See, Catholics don't have that. It would go against everything we believe in!
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Averted with Evan, who goes for the only girl not on the cheerleading squad, Patrice, with everyone else, it's played straight with beautiful head cheerleader Kendra.
- Alliterative Name: Molly Madison and Patrice Parker.
- All Musicals Are Adaptations: Subverted. There was actually a book based on the musical.
- Although it was written before the Broadway production.
- Alpha Bitch: Playing a bit with with Kendra, played straight with Lucy.
- The thing with Kendra is that she dated Brett when she knew that Lucy liked him, then mocked her about it after Brett asked her out...
Kendra [to Lucy]: Gimme a B, gimme an R, gimme an E-T-T! What does that spell? Victory!
- Angst: The opening number is angst in musical form.
- Beta Couple: Brett and Lucy or possibly Brett and Kendra depending on what part of the musical you're at.
- Betty and Veronica: Brett between Kendra (Betty) and Lucy (Veronica).
- Beware the Nice Ones: Patrice gives a pretty bad cold shoulder.
- Big Man on Campus: Brett.
- Bittersweet Ending
- Black Comedy: Archie. How many terminal illness jokes are there?
- Also, Lucy has a bit of this going. Her comments about how fat she thinks she is are played for laughs when she probably has an eating disorder.
- Each character has a small epilogue at the end and one of Lucy's used to be "I got diagnosed with an eating disorder."
- All of "Terminal Illness" (the middle of "All Hail The Brain") is black comedy.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Kendra, Lucy, and Patrice (personality wise).
- Brainless Beauty: Kendra Quaker.
- Brainy Brunette: Averted with the nerdy Patrice. Played straight with Archie and Lucy.
- Evan's nickname is "The Brain".
- Cat Fight: Lucy and Kendra. Subverted when Brett doesn't stand and watch but breaks it up.
- Catch Phrase: Lucy would like to point out how hot she's looking today.
- The Cast Show Off: "Brand New You".
- The Cheerleader: All of the girls with names except Patrice.
- The Chessmaster: Lucy. Seriously.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Lucy, who thinks every girl who talks to Brett is flirting with him.
Brett: Hi, Cassie.
Lucy: Were you flirting with her?!
- Cut Song: "Here I come" and "Opportunity" where cut from the Broadway production, although "Opportunity" was put back in the most recent version, released by MTI.
- Dan Quayle: The characters go to Dan Quayle Junior High.
- Dawson Casting: Majorly averted with the Broadway production. The older cast member was Eric Nelsen as Brett, who was 17.
- Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Lucy thinks every bad thing that happens to her her is because she's fat.
- Dumb Blonde: Kendra and Brett.
- Economy Cast: The cast had a grand total of 13 people.
- Evil All Along: Brett.
- Extreme Doormat: Patrice.
- Although she does stand up for herself, she's Always. Giving. Second. Chances.
- Face-Heel Turn: Lucy goes from a good friend and confidante for Kendra who (If Lucy was telling the truth) gave up opportunities for Kendra to the Alpha Bitch who stole Kendra's boyfriend.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: During "Getting Ready", Lucy tells Kendra that she shouldn't kiss Brett because she's a "good girl". But it sounds like they're talking about something else.
In the Broadway production, Liz Gillies went from sitting in a very casual stance to having her legs tightly crossed when she said "I'm a good girl."
- Girl Next Door: Patrice.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Kendra was screaming the whole time during the movie theater scene. But then again... someone got his penis set on fire and their eyelids torn off.
- Give Geeks a Chance: Averted with Archie. Kendra still wants Brett.
- Although in the book Kendra kisses him after he writes a song for her.
- Despite what he says, he didn't get the tongue.
- Gossip Evolution: The rumor Lucy starts in 13 starts off with first base, but makes its way around the bases.
- Growing Up Sucks: This is the theme of the musical.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Brett. The audience doesn't know whether to root for him or not.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Evan and Patrice.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Eddie and Malcolm.
- "I Am Becoming" Song: "13/Becoming A Man"
- Idiot Ball: Almost every character picks it up near the end because, for some reason, they all believe Lucy...
- Intercourse with You: The first verse of "Hey Kendra".
- Jerkass Has a Point: Subverted with Kendra and Evan's "thank you meeting" that Lucy sets up - it was how Lucy framed Kendra "cheating on Brett" with Evan.
- Jerk Jock: Brett.
- Jewish Mother: Averted with Evan's mom, who we almost never hear from.
- Although what we've heard about her slightly fits the trope.
- Karma Houdini: Lucy. She intentionally breaks up Kendra and Brett. When they get back together thanks to Evan, it merely takes a rumor for Brett to beat up Evan and break up with Kendra. And the kicker? Lucy ends up with Brett at the end.
- Kids Are Cruel: To Patrice and Archie.
- Kid Com
- Lampshade Hanging: "One day it gets better/One day it makes sense/One day Iíll stop talking in the friggin' future tense"!
- Last Minute Hook Up: Evan and Patrice.
- Love Hurts: Poor, poor Patrice.
- Love Triangle: Lucy loves Brett who loves Kendra who is being obsessed over by Archie.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Any Minute" could be considered a sweet love song, but it keeps the love song tone while Kendra and Brett are describing what is happening in the horror movie they're watching.
- Let's not forget that although "Get Me What I Need" is catchy, there are parts where it's downright depressing.
Here's the problem: every minute, every second that I wait
Might be too late
So let's face it, if I ever have a chance, the time is now
So who cares how?
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Lucy is a terrible person. Liz Gillies, on the other hand, is liked by the whole cast and is totally nice. or so we're told.
- Mood-Swinger: Lucy is a milder example of this.
- Musicalis Interruptus
Eddie: Hey, Lucy, I've been thinking...
Lucy: Can it Hobbit, I'm here for one reason and one reason only!
- New Transfer Student: Evan.
- No Fourth Wall: "My neighbor, Patrice!"
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: It's subtle, but oh, how it pisses this troper off. There is such a thing as an Indiana accent.
- Oblivious to Love: Kendra doesn't know that Archie has a thing for her, and Brett doesn't know how Lucy feels until she kisses him right after he and Kendra break up.
- One of Us: Aaron Simon Gross, who plays Archie.
- Only Sane Man: Evan. And possibly Patrice.
- Original Cast Precedent: In most productions Kendra is blonde, Lucy has dark hair, and Evan has light brown hair.
- Subverted with Brett and Patrice, who both have brown hair in most productions, but Brett had blonde hair on Broadway and Patrice had red hair on Broadway.
- Platonic Life Partners: Archie and Patrice.
- Popular Is Dumb: Yes. Yes it is.
- Promoted Fanboy: Aaron Simon Gross is a Jason Robert Brown/Musical Theater fanboy.
- Purity Personified: Played for Laughs with Kendra.
- Rewritten Pop Version: "13 (Single Version)" and "A Little More Homework (Single Version)".
- Romance on the Set: Ariana Grande and Graham Phillips used to date.
- Self-Deprecation: Patrice does this to her hometown during "the lamest place in the world".
- "Shut Up" Kiss: During "If That's What It Is".
- Six Student Clique
- The Head: Evan
- The Muscle: Brett
- The Quirk: Archie
- The Pretty One: Kendra
- The Smart One: Patrice
- The Wild One: Lucy
- Spelling Song: Lucy sees an "O-P-P Opportunity".
Kendra: O-P-P, O-R-T!
- Take That: If thatís what it is/Then thatís what it is/At least until Disney can re-write it...
- Teens Are Monsters: Most of the characters aren't but Lucy and Brett fit.
- Tenor Boy: All of the boys.
- It is a Jason Robert Brown musical, after all.
- °Three Amigos!: Evan, Patrice, and Archie.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: All of the characters are either 13 or just about to turn 13 and they encounter the typical teenage problems.
- Those Two Guys: Eddie and Malcolm.
- Title Drop: The Whole. Frickin'. Opening. Number.
- Kinda hard to avoid a title drop when it's a musical called 13 about 13-year-old kids.
- It's sort of weird when they say "13" again in a later song, with a completely different setting and only one character from the last song is there.
- °Three Amigos!: Evan, Patrice, and Archie. Subverted in that Archie is not an Unlucky Childhood Friend.
- Well, he is. Just not to Patrice.
- Villain Song: Although Lucy isn't really a villain, "Opportunity" still fits.
- Voice Types: Kendra,who is mentioned repeatedly as being Purity Personified, is listed as a soprano although Delaney Moro, the original Kendra on Broadway is an alto. Patrice is a Mezzo soprano, and Lucy is an alto. (Elizabeth Gillies mentioned that she can sing "lower than any female legally should".) And all of the boys are tenors.
- Well, they are 13.
- Especially Richie.
- Weirdness Magnet: Evan.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: "A Little More Homework".
- You Have to Have Jews
- Zany Scheme: "All Hail the Brain"
Evan: "And all I have to do is..."
Evan (rapid-fire): Wait till Mom goes to sleep, sneak the license from the wallet in her purse, and make a colored Xerox, laminate it. Then put the license, back in the wallet in her purse. Then find the dress she wore in the picture on the license that I copied and I laminated. Wear the dress! Get a wig, show the licences, buy the tickets. What could go wrong?...