Theatre / 13

13 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.

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  • Accidental Kiss: Brett and Archie.
    • "What's that taste?"
  • 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.
  • Arc Number: Thirteen. There are thirteen main characters, all of whom are thirteen years old, who sing thirteen songs.
  • 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.
    • And Brett.
  • 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?!
  • 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."
    • Let's not forget one of Patrice's lines in between verses of "the lamest place in the world."
      Patrice:The inbreeding takes up all of our time.
    • "I guess you don't want what comes after the tongue."
    • What about the rocking horse line in "Hey Kendra"? Brett cuts it off before it goes too far, but not without Eddie and Malcolm making pointed references.
    • One of Simon's lines shortly after Lucy begins dating Brett:
      Simon: And then Coach said 'what's the point of practicing without Brett?' So he made us watch a movie called God Doesn't Want You To Touch That.
  • 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.
    • Less so Evan and Archie.
  • "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 I’ll stop talking in the friggin' future tense"!
  • Last Minute Hook Up: Evan and Patrice.
  • Love Hurts: Poor, poor Patrice.
    • Archie, anybody?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Purity Personified: Played for Laughs with Kendra.
  • Rewritten Pop Version: "13 (Single Version)" and "A Little More Homework (Single Version)".
  • 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 that’s what it is/Then that’s 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.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Evan, Patrice, and Archie.
  • 13 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. And guess how many kids there are? 13.
    • 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.
  • ˇThree 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.
      • YEAH!
  • 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?...

Alternative Title(s): Thirteen The Musical