CANNES, FRANCE (October 18, 2016) – Revolution Studios is joining forces with veteran producers Andy Fickman (Off-Broadway’s “Reefer Madness: The Musical”), Dean Stolber (Broadway’s “Legally Blonde”) and Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) to create a musical stage version of its 2004 hit romantic comedy 13 Going on 30.
Fickman is also set to direct the show, which will have a book by the film’s screenwriters, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (Broadway’s “First Date”).
“We are thrilled to partner with a group of tremendously talented individuals to bring 13 Going on 30 to the live stage,” said Revolution’s Marla Levine, “We are always seeking innovative approaches to enhance and expand upon properties in the Revolution catalog and this is a fantastic way to breathe new life into a delightful story so it can be enjoyed by theater audiences.”
Adds Fickman, “13 Going on 30 has all the elements of a great musical: comedy, romance, an empowering message — and a touch of magic. I am extremely excited to work with Josh, Cathy, Alan and Michael and the Revolution team to bring it to the stage.”
The film version of 13 Going on 30 centers on Jenna, a young teenager who dreams of escaping the social pressures and humiliations of middle school. With the help of some magic “wishing dust,” she finds herself transformed overnight into a glamorous career woman (Jennifer Garner), who seems to have everything Jenna ever wanted — except her childhood best friend Matt (Mark Ruffalo). But as she learns more about adult life and the path she took to get where she is, Jenna realizes there’s much more to happiness than being popular.
Fickman’s prior credits include directing and producing the stage play “Heathers: The Musical,” directing the films She’s the Man, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Parental Guidance, and executive producing the TV series “Liv and Maddie” and “Kevin Can Wait.”
Former Revolution executive and prolific film producer Todd Garner executive-produced the feature version of 13 Going on 30, as well as Revolution’s hits xXx, Anger Management and Are We There Yet?
Stolber, the co-founder of MGM On Stage, was a producer on Broadway’s “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “Legally Blonde,” as well as a Broadway performer (Charlie Brown in the original “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and Harvey in the original “Bye Bye Birdie”).
Bookwriters Goldsmith & Yuspa’s previous credits include the blockbuster romantic comedy What Women Want and the long-running series “The King of Queens.”
Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner wrote the songs for the Broadway musical “First Date,” which opened on Broadway in 2014, and a musical adaptation of the film Second Hand Lions. Upcoming stage musicals include adaptations of the films 17 Again and Take the Lead.