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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Friday 5: 5 Things About 13

Being that it is Friday the 13th, I felt it only appropriate that this week's Friday 5 is dedicated to the 2008 Broadway musical 13. When I started looking into it, I was really interested in what became of the cast. I mean, it was the Broadway debut of one of pop culture's biggest stars, after all. So, here are five things I found out about the people in and behind the scenes of 13. You may know some (or all) of them. Either way, enjoy and have a nice weekend!

The Friday 5:
5 Things About
13: The Musical








THEN & NOW:
Eamon Foley, Henry Hodges, Brynn Williams

Only 3 cast members were not making their Broadway debuts in 13.
  • Eamon Foley (Richie), Henry Hodges (understudy) and Brynn Williams (Cassie) were already Broadway veterans when the show opened on October 5, 2008.


Out of the entire cast of 13, only 3 are currently involved in a Broadway show.
  • Riley Costello (understudy) is currently playing Boq in Wicked, Corey J. Snide (Evan alternate) is currently in West Side Story and Eric Nelsen (Brett) is a producer of The Inheritance.


There are 9 cast members who have 13 as their only Broadway credit.
  • Among those nine are the lead actor Graham Phillips (Evan) and pop princess Ariana Grande (Charlotte). I'm guessing she's been pretty busy. Even after they dated!


The cast and musicians of 13 were famously all teenagers.
  • One of those musicians has made quite a name for himself in theater circles. In 13 Charlie Rosen played swing bass, guitar and percussion. These days, he's played, orchestrated and music supervised such shows as Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Psycho, Honeymoon in Vegas, Be More Chill and Moulin Rouge!


The star of 13 has had a successful and very varied career.
  • Though Graham Phillips (Evan) has yet to return to Broadway, he's done a lot. Among his credits, he's had a co-starring role in TV's The Good Wife, and a featured role on Riverdale, been a soloist at The Metropolitan Opera House, sang the national anthem at a Dodgers game, sang on Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell III album, and most recently co-wrote and co-directed a film with his brother. Oh, yes... he was also Prince Eric in Disney's The Little Mermaid Live.

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The Answers to Last Week's Friday 5 Quiz
The Broadway Costumes of Sutton Foster

     
1. Millie Dillmount  Thoroughly Modern Millie

     
2. Princess Fiona  Shrek: The Musical

     
3. Reno Sweeney  Anything Goes

     
4. Janet Van De Graaff  The Drowsy Chaperone

     
5. Jo March  Little Women: The Musical

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