Hit rom-com 13 Going on 30 is getting the stage treatment in a brand new musical.
The Jennifer Garner movie was released back in 2004 and follows the story of a 13-year-old girl who wishes she was 30, before her wish is granted and she awakens suddenly 17 years older.
A new musical is now set to debut in London in summer 2025, which will be written by the original movie's writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, with music and lyrics by Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary.
Beforehand, a two-week workshop is being held at Battersea Arts Centre, which will have four script-in-hand public performances between October 25 and 28. Find tickets here.
The story's synopsis reads: "What does Jenna Rink want for her birthday? That’s easy. At thirteen years old, she wants one thing only – to be thirty, flirty and thriving.
"As she blows out her birthday candles, she magically wakes up seventeen years later: a thirty-year-old fashion magazine editor with a life that seems to be perfect. As she unravels the mystery of the person she has grown up to be, Jenna must work out what, and who, really matters."
Goldsmith and Yuspa said of the musical: "When we poured our middle school pain into the movie 13 Going on 30, we never quite imagined it would stick around to this day as a rom-com parents show their kids, a Halloween costume, a scene in an Ariana Grande music video, and a teen sleepover staple.
"Now we're thrilled to be bringing our pain across the pond with 13 Going on 30 The Musical. It’s been endlessly fun working with ROYO, Todd Garner, Revolution Studios, composer/lyricists Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, and director Andy Fickman to reinvent this story for the London stage.
"We can't wait for a new generation to grab some Razzles and feel thirty, flirty, and thriving."
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