Before teenagers memorized the entire quotable script of “Mean Girls”, there was another successful film. This film, released 4 years before, started a revolution. People of all ages were now bonding through one common thread, “spirit” fingers. During this time, discussions among friends and family began to change from the mundane political banter to, are you a Toros fan or a Clovers fan? This film also brought a new female heroine to film and popular culture. We call this character, “The Queen-Bee”. Ironically, ths all came from a movie about cheerleading!
“Bring It On” starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, depicts the competition between two high school cheerleading squads to win the national cheerleading championships. “Queen-Bees” and cheerleading captains, Torrance Shipman (Dunst) and Isis (Union) have an intense rivalry attributed to stolen cheers. After four spin-off “straight-to-DVD” movies, the “Bring It On” phenomenon is coming to Broadway.
“Bring It On: The Musical” originally began has a tour. Developed by Tony winners Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, auditions were held in 14 states before the cast was chosen. Taylor Louderman and Adrienne Warren were awarded the roles of Torrance and Isis, respectively. On June 19, the duo spoke to Ann Curry on the Today Show about their new role. The entire cast performed one of the musical’s songs, “It’s All Happening”, on the show as well.
On July 12, “Bring It On: The Musical” will debut on Broadway at the St. James Theatre on 246 West 44th Street in New York City. The play is set to run until October 7. With riveting reviews, “Bring It On: The Musical’s” Broadway premiere is anticipated to be a smashing success.
“I wasn’t taking myself seriously when I bought tickets to see Bring It On: The Musical with my girlfriends. But, as the lights came up and a booming countdown began, the excitement of the mostly high school cheerleading crowd really brought my spirits up. Bring It On: The Musical proves to be a campy, yet extremely fun, diverse, and modern show with dynamic music by Tom Kitt and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, hilarious and uplifting lyrics by Amanda Green and Miranda and fierce choreography by Tony Award winner Andy Blackenbuehler. It pleasantly surprised me and exceeded all my expectation,” said Alessandra Rizotti from hellogiggles.com.
It seems more and more big screen films are being adapted into Broadway plays. This exciting trend is transforming movie watchers into theatergoers. “Bring It On: The Musical” shows that even with the introduction of film, there still remains a strong desire for theatre entertainment.
Will you be going to see “Bring It On: The Musical”?
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