Jason Robert Brown to Direct Production of 13 Plus Star in Gala Concert at Apollo Theatre

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Jason Robert Brown will direct a new production of his 2008 Broadway musical 13, to be presented under the auspices of the UK's long-established young people's company at the National Youth Music Theatre for a run at the West End's Apollo Theatre, beginning Aug. 22 and running through Aug. 25, as part of their summer season.

Brown will also present a gala concert at the Apollo Aug. 26.

13, for which he provided music and lyrics, premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. in 2007, and was subsequently presented in a new production at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2008, where it opened officially Oct. 5 and ran through Jan. 4, 2009, following an earlier run at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre.

The show revolves around "13-year-old Evan Goldman, who apparently has it all — he's popular, has the 'perfect' family and lives in the greatest city in the world — New York. That is until his parents get divorced and he's forced to move — to a small town in Indiana. Uprooted from his old life, he has to make new friends and somehow maneuver the minefield of High School to become part of the 'in-crowd.'"

The National Youth Music Theatre production will feature choreography by Drew McOnie, with designs by Richard Kent, lighting by David Plater and sound by Autograph. The musical director is Torquil Munro with assistant musical director Tom Brady. 

The National Youth Music Theatre's season will also include a production of Brown's Songs for a New World, running at the Bridewell Theatre July 31-Aug. 4. It will be directed by Sarah Redmond, with musical direction by Francis Goodhand and assistant musical direction by Benjamin Holder. Cristian Valle is the choreographer, Douglas Green is the lighting designer with sound by Charles Simpson.  The design is open to a student competition. Also in the season, Matt Lucas (an alumni of the company) will appear in concert April 22, at a venue to be announced, and Howard Goodall and Charles Hart's 2001 musical The Dreaming, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be staged at Kingston's Rose Theatre July 16-22.

For further details, visit www.nymt.org.uk.

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