Lin-Manuel Miranda joins creative squad for 'Bring It On' musical
Producers of the upcoming musical theater adaptation of the cheerleading movie "Bring It On" (2000) have just announced its lineup of creative talent, but will it be enough to win the game?
Among the songwriters will be Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Tony winner for "In the Heights." He will be joined by Tom Kitt, who recently won a Tony for his score of "Next to Normal."
The book for the musical is being written by Jeff Whitty, yet another Tony winner for "Avenue Q." The production will be directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, who won a Tony for "In the Heights."
Though it is based on the hit comedy film starring Kirsten Dunst, "Bring It On: The Musical" will feature all new and original characters, according to the show's promoters.
The producers for the show said that they anticipate a developmental regional production in early 2011, with a national tour to follow. It is unclear whether they are planning to bypass Broadway completely.
Also included in the creative team will be lyricist Amanda Green and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.
"Bring It On: The Musical" will be co-produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions. (Universal distributed the original film in the U.S.) Also producing are Charlie Lyons and Armyan Bernstein of Beacon Communications.
No cast has been announced yet.
-- David Ng
Photo (top): Kirsten Dunst, left, and Eliza Dushku in "Bring It On." Credit: Ken Jacques / Universal Studios
Photo (bottom): Lin-Manuel Miranda. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times