Ariana Grande: "I auditioned for 13, and out of thousands of kids they picked me, and I was so blessed. I came to New York with my best friend and we grew up together doing musical theater since we were like 7 years old, we were best friends. We both got it out of  thousands of kids, it was insane. The cast was 13 kids and out of 13 kids, we made it out of thousands, how is that even possible?

 

My favorite thing about doing 13 was that Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the score, loved to push people to their limits vocally and I loved that. My range expanded because of 13

 

"I just felt really comfortable because I had one of my closest friends in the world with me from home. And I was just in the ensemble, I barely had any lines, but they gave me all the highest harmonies. I was belting my ass of the whole time and it was incredibly challenging and wonderful. My favorite thing about doing 13 was that Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the score, loved to push people to their limits vocally and I loved that. My range expanded because of 13.

"I had my own melodies. It was the altos and the sopranos and then it was me and one other boy, who had a ridiculously high voice, named Eamon Foley, and we had our own harmonies. We were belting our brains out, and in the beginning it was super challenging but then when I was taking care of my voice, and I was breathing, and I was singing properly, my range expanded so much."