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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