by Heather
Photo courtesy of Netflix


Moving from the Big City to the Middle of Nowhere, Indiana. You don’t know anyone and are trying to fit in. You bust in to song at the drop of a hat. This could literally be my life. Well, maybe not the busting into song part. Or it could be 13: The Musical.

So, who knew that popular Broadway musicals got turned into movies? Everyone? Oh, am I the only one who didn’t know that? Well, be that as it may, 13, the musical, was turned into a book, and then turned into 13: The Musical. So, it’s a movie based on a book that is based on a musical. Follow all that? If not, you don’t need to worry about it, because you can just watch the movie.

13: The Musical is the story of Evan, whose parents are getting divorced, as he and his mother move to Indiana.  Once there he has to navigate the new social environment at this school while preparing for his bar mitzvah and planning his party. Hilarity ensues (or at least angsty teen drama, with a smattering of hilarity).

13: The Musical is a fun movie that is definitely going to entertain your family and is worth tuning in!


Following his parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Evan Goldman (Eli Golden) uproots from New York City with his mother Jessica (Debra Messing). With his Bar Mitzvah fast approaching, Evan is devastated that he must leave all his friends, his father (Peter Hermann) and his rabbi (Josh Peck) behind. But upon arriving at his grandmother’s (Rhea Perlman) house in small-town Walkerton, Indiana, he hatches a plan to win new friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever. As an outsider navigating the complicated social circles of his new school, Evan quickly finds out he’s not the only one grappling with the all too familiar anxieties of eighth grade. While his new friends Patrice (Gabriella Uhl) and Archie (Jonathan Lengel) fret over the fate of the planet and unrequited love, respectively, popular cheerleader Lucy (Frankie McNellis) desperately plots to stave off a first kiss between her crush Brett (JD McCrary) and best friend Kendra (Lindsey Blackwell). To make matters worse, Evan invites the popular kids to his party—who aren’t fans of Patrice. With these competing interests in play, Evan faces the impossible task of bringing everyone happily together in time for his party, or else risk social ruin. Suddenly, turning 13 isn’t looking as good as it’s cracked up to be. Directed by Tamra Davis, and based on the hugely popular musical 13, which debuted on Broadway in 2008, 13: THE MUSICAL is a coming-of-age journey through the unforgettable ups and downs of preteen life.

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Thanks to our friends at Netflix, we had the opportunity to interview the amazing Debra Messing.

Check out the details below!

13: The Musical is NOW PLAYING exclusively on Netflix.





Disclosure: We received an advanced screener to facilitate our review. All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

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