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''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 [[Creator/LizGillies 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/{{Thirteen}} WMG page]] and a [[Characters/{{Thirteen}} character sheet]].

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* AccidentalKiss: Brett and Archie.
** "What's that taste?"
* AdultsAreUseless: All of the action takes place among the kids.
* AgainstMyReligion: 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!
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Averted with Evan, who [[spoiler: goes for the only girl not on the cheerleading squad, Patrice]], with everyone else, it's played straight with beautiful head cheerleader Kendra.
* AlliterativeName: Molly Madison and Patrice Parker.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Subverted. There was actually a book based on the musical.
** Although it was written before the Broadway production.
* AlphaBitch: 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.
* ArcNumber: Thirteen. There are thirteen main characters, all of whom are thirteen-years-old, who sing thirteen songs, the first of which switches between 6/8 and 7/8, for a total of... 13.
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler: Brett and Lucy]] or possibly [[spoiler: Brett and Kendra]] depending on what part of the musical you're at.
* BettyAndVeronica: Brett between Kendra (Betty) and Lucy (Veronica).
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Patrice gives a pretty bad cold shoulder.
* BigManOnCampus: Brett.
* BittersweetEnding
* BlackComedy: Archie. [[AcceptableTargets 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.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Kendra, Lucy, and Patrice (personality wise).
* BrainlessBeauty: Kendra Quaker.
** And Brett.
* BrainyBrunette: Averted with the nerdy Patrice. Played straight with Archie and Lucy.
** Evan's nickname is "The Brain".
* CatFight: [[spoiler: Lucy and Kendra. Subverted when Brett doesn't stand and watch but breaks it up]].
* CatchPhrase: Lucy would like to point out how hot she's looking today.
* TheCastShowOff: "Brand New You".
* TheCheerleader: All of the girls with names except Patrice.
* TheChessmaster: Lucy. Seriously.
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Lucy, who thinks every girl who talks to Brett is flirting with him]].
-->Brett: Hi, Cassie.
-->Lucy: Were you ''flirting'' with her?!
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: Lucy thinks every bad thing that happens to her her is because she's fat.
* DumbBlonde: Kendra and Brett.
* EconomyCast: The cast had a grand total of 13 people.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Brett]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Patrice.
** Although she does stand up for herself, she's ''Always. Giving. Second. Chances.''
* FaceHeelTurn: Lucy goes from a good friend and confidante for Kendra who [[UnreliableNarrator (If Lucy was telling the truth)]] gave up opportunities for Kendra to the AlphaBitch who stole Kendra's boyfriend.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: 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 [[IncestIsRelative 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.''
* GirlNextDoor: Patrice.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: 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.''
* GiveGeeksAChance: Averted with Archie. Kendra still wants Brett.
** Although in the book [[spoiler: Kendra kisses him after he writes a song for her.]]
*** [[spoiler: Despite what he says, he didn't get the tongue.]]
* GossipEvolution: The rumor Lucy starts in 13 starts off with first base, but makes its way around the bases.
* GrowingUpSucks: This is the theme of the musical.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: Brett]]. The audience doesn't know whether to root for him or not.
* HeroesWantRedheads: [[spoiler: Evan and Patrice]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Eddie and Malcolm.
** Less so Evan and Archie.
* IAmBecomingSong: "13/Becoming A Man"
* IdiotBall: Almost every character picks it up near the end because, for some reason, ''they all believe Lucy''...
* IntercourseWithYou: The first verse of "Hey Kendra".
* JerkassHasAPoint: Subverted with Kendra and Evan's "thank you meeting" that Lucy sets up - [[spoiler: it was how Lucy framed Kendra "cheating on Brett" with Evan]].
* JerkJock: Brett.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Though the end of the play ultimately reveals Brett to be a jerk who was never intending to do anything nice for Evan, that doesn't change the fact that a ''huge'' chunk of the play is spent on his genuinely heartfelt romance with Kendra. We get his inner thoughts in song several times (heck, his relationship with Kendra is easily the focus of more songs than Evan's plotline is) and there's not a hint of malice in them.
* JewishMother: Averted with Evan's mom, who we almost never hear from.
** Although what we've heard about her slightly fits the trope.
* KarmaHoudini: Lucy. She intentionally [[spoiler: breaks up Kendra and Brett]]. When [[spoiler: 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? [[spoiler: Lucy ends up with Brett at the end]].
* KidsAreCruel: To Patrice and Archie.
* KidCom
* LampshadeHanging: "One day it gets better/One day it makes sense/One day Iíll stop talking in the friggin' future tense"!
* LastMinuteHookUp: [[spoiler: Evan and Patrice]].
* LoveHurts: Poor, poor Patrice.
** ''Archie'', anybody?
* LoveTriangle: Lucy loves Brett who loves Kendra who is being obsessed over by Archie.
* LyricalDissonance: "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?
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Lucy is a [[TheChessmaster terrible]] [[AlphaBitch person]]. Liz Gillies, on the other hand, is liked by the whole cast and is totally nice. [[UnreliableNarrator or so we're told]].
* MoodSwinger: Lucy is a milder example of this.
* MusicalisInterruptus
-->'''Eddie''': ''Hey, Lucy, I've been thinking...''
-->'''Lucy''': Can it Hobbit, I'm here for one reason and one reason only!
* NewTransferStudent: Evan.
* NoFourthWall: "My neighbor, Patrice!"
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: It's subtle, but oh, how it pisses this troper off. There is such a thing as an Indiana accent.
* ObliviousToLove: Kendra doesn't know that Archie has a thing for her, and Brett doesn't know how Lucy feels until she [[spoiler: kisses him right after he and Kendra break up]].
* OnlySaneMan: Evan. And possibly Patrice.
* OriginalCastPrecedent: 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.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Archie and Patrice.
* PopularIsDumb: Yes. Yes it is.
* PurityPersonified: PlayedForLaughs with Kendra.
* RewrittenPopVersion: "13 (Single Version)" and "A Little More Homework (Single Version)".
* SelfDeprecation: Patrice does this to her hometown during "the lamest place in the world".
* ShutUpKiss: During "If That's What It Is".
* SixStudentClique
** The Head: Evan
** The Muscle: Brett
** The Quirk: Archie
** The Pretty One: Kendra
** The Smart One: Patrice
** The Wild One: Lucy
* SpellingSong: Lucy sees an "O-P-P Opportunity".
-->Kendra: O-P-P, O-R-T!
* TakeThat: If thatís what it is/Then thatís what it is/At least until Disney can re-write it...
* TeensAreMonsters: Most of the characters aren't but [[AlphaBitch Lucy]] and [[JerkJock Brett]] fit.
* TenorBoy: All of the boys.
** It ''is'' a Jason Robert Brown musical, after all.
* ThreeAmigos: Evan, Patrice, and Archie.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: All of the characters are either 13 or just about to turn 13 and they encounter the typical teenage problems.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Eddie and Malcolm.
* TitleDrop: 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.
* ThreeAmigos: Evan, Patrice, and Archie. Subverted in that Archie is '''not''' an UnluckyChildhoodFriend.
** Well, he is. Just not to Patrice.
* UncommonTime: The opening number uses a 13-beat pattern.
* VillainSong: Although Lucy isn't really a ''villain'', "Opportunity" still fits.
* VoiceTypes: Kendra, [[InvokedTrope who is mentioned repeatedly]] as being PurityPersonified, is listed as a soprano although Delaney Moro, the original Kendra on Broadway is an ''alto''. Patrice is a Mezzo soprano, and [[AlphaBitch 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!
* WeirdnessMagnet: Evan.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: "A Little More Homework".
* YouHaveToHaveJews
** It ''is'' a Jason Robert Brown musical, after all.
* ZanyScheme: "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?...
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