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We recently spoke with actor and singer Eli Golden on the Popternative show who stars as Evan in the musical film 13: The Musical which is now streaming globally on Netflix. Directed by Tamra Davis, and based on the popular musical 13, which debuted on Broadway in 2008, 13: The Musical is a coming-of-age journey through the unforgettable ups and downs of preteen life.
The movie follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman (Eli Golden) who uproots from New York City with his mother Jessica (Debra Messing) after his parents get divorced. With his Bar Mitzvah fast approaching, Evan is devastated that he has to leave all his friends, his father (Peter Hermann) and his rabbi (Josh Peck) behind. After moving into his grandmother’s (Rhea Perlman) house in a small Indiana town, he hatches a plan to win new friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever.
As an outsider navigating the complicated social circles of his new school, Evan quickly finds out he’s not the only one grappling with the all too familiar anxieties of eighth grade.
In our interview, Eli talks about filming the movie in Toronto, Canada, the singing and dancing components of his lead role, working with Josh Peck and much more.
Watch the full interview with Eli Golden below.
13: The Musical is now streaming on Netflix.
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