'Bring It On' musical to kick off national tour at Ahmanson Theatre in November
Get your spirit fingers ready. The stage musical "Bring It On" is set to begin its national tour in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre in November. The musical, which boasts a prestigious creative team that includes Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt, recently had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
"Bring It On: The Musical" is loosely inspired by the 2000 cheerleading comedy, which starred Kirsten Dunst, and its sequels. The musical will run at the Ahmanson from Nov. 1 through Dec. 11, with an official opening set for Nov. 11. Other cities on the tour will be announced at a future date.
The musical features a libretto by Tony winner Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q"), music and lyrics by Miranda ("In the Heights"), music by Kitt ("Next to Normal") and lyrics by Amanda Green. Andy Blankenbuehler, also a Tony winner for "In the Heights," directs and choreographs the musical.
"Bring It On" tells the story of Campbell, a star cheerleader at Truman High School, who finds herself in unfamiliar territory when she's reassigned to a new school.
A critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution praised the show, writing that it features "fiercely funny writing, catchy hip-hop tunes and an explosively original mix of singing, acting, dancing and cheer." However, "the show needs a good trim, takes too long to set up its premise and gets more musical mileage from its distinctive raps than its watered-down pop."
A Broadway run of the musical is rumored to be in the planning phases, but no official announcement has been made.
-- David Ng
Photo: A scene from the Atlanta production of "Bring It On: The Musical." Credit: Greg Mooney