Bring It On: The Musical - meet the cheerleaders (SLIDE SHOW)

Bring It On: The Musical promises a bevy of bouncy cheerleaders and flashy dances. We met the cast to find out what makes them shout.

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  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

  • Photograph: Paul Aresu

    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: CAMPBELL

    Your name: Taylor Louderman
    Your character’s name: Campbell
    What is Campbell’s favorite cheer? In the beginning of the show Campbell’s favorite cheer would have been a routine perfectly choreographed by her that would have won her team Nationals, but by the end of the show Campbell’s favorite cheer is certainly what she and her friends have worked together to create. I think the message they are able to convey with their routine makes it the most powerful and rewarding cheer Campbell could be a part of. That’s what makes it her favorite.
    And what are you cheering for? I’m cheering for Bring It On: The Musical and anyone who has a dream!

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: EVA

    Your name: Elle McLemore
    Your character’s name: Eva Darlington
    What is Eva’s favorite cheer? Eva loves every cheer that she can create with her “Killer Instinct”!
    And what are you cheering for? For anyone who has a passion and lives for it every day.

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: SKLYAR

    Your name: Kate Rockwell
    Your character's name: Skylar
    What is Skylar's favorite cheer? Her favorite moment is getting to eat Doritos onstage every night!! They're one of my favorite foods, from what I call the "orange" food group—that's anything with fake cheese on it.
    And what are you cheering for? I'm so excited to be bringing Bring It On to Broadway!! This is my third Broadway show, but my first having been with the piece from the beginning, and after over 2 1/2 years of hard work it's finally paying off!! This is little Midwestern theater girls' dream come true.

  • Photograph: Paul Aresu

    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: KYLAR

    Your name: My name is Janet Krupin. Also known as jkru, Krups, and on special occasions, Goddess Divine.
    Your character’s name: Kylar, but her real name is Inez. But Skylar said to change it and she does what Skylar says.
    What is Kylar’s favorite cheer? Her favorite cheer is whenever she gets to wear her cowboy boots. They are red and bedazzled and look great with the cheer skirt.
    And what are you cheering for? I am cheering for my alma mater, USC, to have the legendary football season that is possible for them this year! Lets go Trojans! Fight on!

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: STEVEN

    Your name: Neil Haskell
    Your character's name: Steven
    What is Steven's favorite cheer? Steven’s favorite moment is when he makes his girlfriend Campbell the happiest girl in the world by giving her the most beautiful flowers in the world. Obviously she loves them.
    And what are you cheering for? I'm cheering for all of my cast members making their Broadway debuts in Bring It On: The Musical! 30 in all.

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: BRIDGET

    Your name: Ryann Redmond
    Your character’s name: Bridget
    What is Bridget’s favorite cheer? My favorite cheer is when (SPOILER ALERT) Bridget finally gets to perform a cheer routine with Jackson at Nationals. She has waited so long to be a part of a team and now she gets that chance.
    And what are you cheering for? I am cheering loud and proud for this brand-new musical. We have been working so long to perfect this beautiful show. It is definitely something that has to be seen to be believed and I cannot wait for NYC to see how much heart and soul this breathtaking spectacle has!

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

  • Photograph: Paul Aresu

    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: DANIELLE

    Your name: Adrienne Warren
    Your character’s name: Danielle
    What is Danielle’s favorite cheer? “Friday Night Jackson” is my character’s favorite moment in the show. It is a time in the show where Danielle gets to dance with her crew and just have a good time.
    And what are you cheering for? I am cheering for a Bring It On: The Musical fan! Connor is a 13-year-old boy who just successfully completed his second brain surgery! He is a Champion and I am cheering for him to make a full recovery!! Go Connor!!!

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: NAUTICA

    Your name: Ariana DeBose
    Your character’s name: Nautica
    What is Nautica’s favorite cheer? I have a couple, but there’s a red-carpet moment in “Its All Happening,” where the audience sees Nautica completely in her element. Her youthful dreams for her and friends come to life in that moment in a playful way that I find so genuine. What kid doesn’t dream of being famous during their childhood?!? It’s a fun moment to play every night!
    And what are you cheering for? I am cheering inside and out because this is my Broadway debut! It’s been a dream ever since I saw my first Broadway show and I am so honored to apart of this team bringing this show new life on the truly Great White Way!!

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: CAMERON

    Your name: Dominique Johnson
    Your character’s name: Cameron
    What is Cameron’s favorite cheer? “It’s All Happening,” which is the second-act opener. This number features all the principals from my school, Jackson High, choosing to make a squad and compete. It’s really cool to see how everyone gets motivated to compete.
    And what are you cheering for? Currently I’m cheering for Matthew Austin Kazmierczak, a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. I don’t know him, but we’re friends in my head.

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: LA CIENEGA

    Your name: Gregory Haney
    Your character’s name: La Cienega
    What is La Cienega’s favorite cheer? Her favorite cheer is role call: “ROLL CALL! My name LaLa / I’m standing here to say / You think your cute and banji too / but the boys they always look my way. ROLL CALL!!”
    And what are you cheering for? The cheer is about boasting about all of your fabulous qualities. La Cienega’s motto is: Love yourself first, and those around you love you even more.

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: RANDALL

    Your name: Jason Gotay
    Your character’s name: Randall
    What is Randall’s favorite cheer? Although it’s not exactly a “cheer,” I love “Friday Night Jackson”—the party that happens on the first Friday night of the school year after Homecoming. In this moment, Randall gets to DJ the party and get everyone excited to celebrate, and also gets to witness something kind of unusual…
    And what are you cheering for? I’m cheering for Campbell as she proves herself to the Queen Bees of her new school, hoping that she’ll overcome any “obstacles” in her way. If you wanna know more, come check out the show and see for yourself!

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    MEET THE CHEERLEADER: TWIG

    Your name: Nicolas Womack
    Your character’s name: Twig
    What is Twig’s favorite cheer? Any cheer that’s next to my sex kitten Bridget!
    And what are you cheering for? I’m cheering for all the kids and teens surviving with nothing but negativity around them! Stay strong and with a lot of hard work you’ll prosper, I promise.

Photograph: Joan Marcus


Cheerleaders and Broadway musicals: Seems a perfect fit, right? Both demand a lot of positivity, sex appeal and a superhuman willingness to sing and dance the silliest things. Now the new show Bring It On: The Musical hopes to combine two great tastes that taste great together. The movie franchise—about pom-pom shakers from different sides of the tracks who find common ground at cheer competitions—is getting a song-and-dance makeover for a limited summer-fall engagement. (The current run is scheduled through October 7 but if reviewers cheer, who knows?)

Although serious watchers of new musicals might cock an eye at the endeavor, the creative team behind Bring It On is stuffed with Tony-winning talent. It features a libretto by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity). The production is directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights). If that’s not a crew to bring it, and fiercely, we don’t know what it is. And, now three cheers for the cheerleaders of Bring It On—six each from Truman High and Jackson High.

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