There is no candy I like to eat more than the performance Jennifer Garner delivers as a 13-year-old transported into adulthood. 13 Going on 30 is a wonderful romantic comedy that everyone loved so much that it made $96 million worldwide when it was released in 2004. It is ridiculous, and fun, and just magical enough to make an excellent stage adaption. According to a Deadline exclusive, Revolution Studios has paired up with producers Andy Fickman, Dean Stolber, and Todd Garner to bring the hit romantic comedy to Broadway.
Two of the most beloved scenes in the movie center on musical numbers, so it seems like a natural transition to musical theater. But whether or not the play will be able to license the rights to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” is yet to be seen. According to Deadline, “Most of the show’s music will be original with the bookwriters and composer/lyricist teams having recently begun working together. Licensing ‘Thriller’ and other source cues has not been ruled out.”
Putting a romantic comedy adaptation on Broadway is kind of revolutionary, and 13 Going on 30 isn’t the only one making the jump. Sleepless in Seattle, the Nora Ephron-directed romcom, is currently being transformed into a West End musical in London. Maybe these adaptations are happening because women have proven—through Bridesmaids, Magic Mike XXL, Fifty Shades of Grey, and dozens of other movies—that they will pay for and attend stories that are written for them. Or maybe everyone is finally realizing that a good romantic plotline can be just as engaging as anything else.