Vancouver Presents contributing editor, Mark Robins, was live in Burnaby with the cast and creative team of the Bring On Tomorrow Co production of 13: The Musical as they rehearsed for opening night.

The first-ever Broadway show to feature an all-teenage cast, it features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

“Having teens play teen characters was a winning decision for its creators,” says director Chris Adams. “No one can better convey an authentic youth’s perspective than those on the front lines of adolescence. In the same spirit, our production showcases some of Vancouver’s most accomplished performers age 18 and under.”

Set in the uncertain days of middle school, this coming-of-age story follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman who is abruptly yanked from his New York City life in the aftermath of his parents’ divorce.

Transplanted to small town Indiana, he finds himself navigating the popularity pecking order, while planning what he hopes will be an epic Bar Mitzvah attended by all the cool kids. Amidst love-triangle debacles and matchmaker fiascos, Evan eventually gives up the angst-filled chase for ‘it’ crowd status and marks his first step into adulthood among his real friends.

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13: The Musical plays the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island from Sep 28-Oct 8. Visit for tickets and information.