Jenna + Matty forever.
The movie 13 Going on 30 came out in 2004. That means that if you were 13 when you saw the movie in theaters, you’re now 25 years old. And with Deadline now reporting that a team has begun adapting the rom-com into a musical, that means those 13-year-olds who saw the movie in theaters could possibly celebrate their 30th birthdays by seeing it on Broadway. (But considering how I watch that movie every time it’s on TBS and I’m not 25, it’s kinda great news for everyone. It’s just one of those rom-coms, you know?)
The movie “has all the elements of a great musical: comedy, romance, an empowering message — and a touch of magic,” producer Andy Flickman said of the decision to turn the movie into a musical. If you’re unfamiliar, the story follows Jenna (Jennifer Garner), who used “wishing dust” to become a grown-up when she was 13. She suddenly finds herself with an amazing career and a very grown-up world around her, but wants nothing more than to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Matt (Mark Ruffalo).
The musical format actually makes a ton of sense for 13 Going on 30. There’s obviously going to be a great song about how Jenna wishes she were a grown-up, then a dazzling set change to introduce her transformation. Plus, the fairly cheesy but still catchy songs about feeling awkward in a grown-up body pretty much write themselves.
Most of the music will be original, but there are two key songs that might get licensed for the show. For one, there’s a great dance routine involved, as long as they can get the rights to “Thriller.”
And, of course, the “Love Is a Battlefield” sleepover dance party is going to be delightful.