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Thirteen the musical

It will be a couple of years before Fawath is 13. But she certainly has the energy that I saw last night pouring off the stage on West 45th + Broadway.

Thirteen the Musical is titled that way because there was thirteen, the movie, whose screenplay was written by a 13-year-old and was a brilliant take on that age's crises [and a lot of other ages, really], starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachael Wood. This Thirteen has a 38-year-old composer and music director --- Jason Robert Brown --- who totally gets it:

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I realize that now it is,
But how it is
Isn't how it's got to be.
Another day comes.
Another day goes,
And if I get teased or hurt
Or lied to or punched in the nose,
I say I won't cry,
I cry until dawn...

And then I put
One foot in front of the other
And just keep walking on.
I swing: I miss,
I'll get through this,
I almost guarantee.
If you're counting on me to come through,
You should know that
I'll give you the best that I can,
But we all have
A little more homework to do.

And I've been looking in the back of the book for the answers,
Hoping the bell wouldn't chime,
But I'm not ready
To put my pencil down just yet,
There are too many answers
That I didn't get.
I need a little less pressure
And a little more time.

Day turns to day turns to day turns to day:
You get a little bit older
A little bit taller
A little bit better
A little bit.
And I'm a little bit braver
A little bit broader
A little bit brighter
A little bit.

Day turns to day turns to day turns to day:
And the sky goes blue
And the sky goes black
And no matter what you do
You can't go back,
You go
Day into day into day.

There are too many answers
That I didn't get.
I need a little less pressure
And a little more time.

I opened my eyes
And there's a great big world around.
I opened my eyes
And just look at what I found!

So we all have a little more homework
A little more homework to do;
Day turns to day turns to day turns to day
One foot in front of the other
A little bit farther
A little bit stronger
A little bit braver --
A little more homework to do

A little more homework to do.

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The cast is thirteen kids, five more in the band: all except one are 13 or 14 [exception = 17], and how is it that they can carry a Broadway show at those real-life ages, the three or four leads who hardly need their mikes, and the ensemble?

Terrific parenting and encouragement, that's what. Moms, Dads, siblings with them every step of the way. Also inspired teachers and voice coaches.

None of that ever happened in my life, on a consistent basis [or ANY basis, really], --- nevermind 13, at any age --- and I'd guess that it never ever happened in the lives of most of the people who are reading this, either.

And I'm not ready
To put my pencil down just yet:
We all have a little more homework to do,
Just a little more homework to do.

Here's Delany and Elizabeth in a duet, more at http://www.13themusical.com










Day turns to day. They sing about ED's, CP, spinal cord surgery too. And death. "And the days comin' ahead so quick, you can't get out of the way."

Black bile and gore from the movie screen ---- and sherbet with banana cream pie. Guess which they will tell you / sing to you / that is going to last all day turns to day turns to day?

I'm not ready to put my pencil down just yet.

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lotus82
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
Sort of reminds me of the movie "The Virgin Suicides" [Sofia Coppola's amazing adaptation of Geoffrey Eugenides's novel], of the scene where Cecilia is in the hospital after her first suicide attempt. The psychiatrist wonders why she did it, and she gives him this LOOK and says, "obviously you've never been a thirteen year old girl".
silverplate88
Oct. 24th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
It was very refreshing to see how they included *real* life-threatening illnesses and talked / sang about one of the major characters dying, he actually performs his role by dragging himself around the stage with a couple of aluminum half-crutches because he couldn't walk any longer --- at 13. Not the stuff of musical comedies? You had to be there. All about the energy of spirit being able to overcome the darknesses....

"Virgin Suicides" reminds me also of "Girl, Interrupted", where the producers thought the film would tank without a major star, so they cast Angelina Jolie in the leading rebel part. Brittany Murphy's character is so tormented by devils, in the shapes of real fellow patients and depressive internal goblins, that she hangs herself while trying to make it on the outside.... these two easily trump Winona Ryder's character, around whom the story revolves and who represents the author's POV....

I know that GI was one of Ki's favourite films.

All three of them underscore your comment about "never been a thirteen year old girl". Me neither.

I'm in awe of you all. Especially Fawath, who's ten and whose icon this is and who lives in a refugee camp in Ramallah and whose school could disappear in an explosion at any time and take all 90+ kids with it. It's easy to see how you can die that way in a war zone, but how can you live day into day into day?

Does any of that dim even one tiny bit of the energy and excitement in her eyes, when she joined our theatre team and learned all this new stuff?

Nope.
elvenforever
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
So happy to hear you are not ready to put your pencil down yet.

We all need less pressure and all the time it takes to do certain things. Whatever they are.

Here's to you getting what you need. Everything you really need, always. *hugs*

Edited at 2008-11-01 01:45 am (UTC)
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