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What Is the Story of Bring It On: The Musical?
Set in the high stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading, Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell, cheer captain and most popular girl at the uber-affluent Truman High School. Before she can lead her award-winning squad to another win at Nationals, tragedy strikes: School redistricting forces Campbell to transfer to the multi-ethnic Jackson High School. Knocked off her throne as teen queen, Campbell tries to make sense of her new “outsider” status. Soon she discovers that Eva, a plotting sophomore with delusions of grandeur, is responsible for knocking her from the top of the cheer pyramid. With a national title on the line, Campbell must convince Danielle, Jackson’s “it-girl” and leader of hip-hop dance troupe The Crew, to start a cheerleading squad and help bring on some sweet revenge.
Mr. Whitty's book rings amusing changes on all the stock teen-flick clichés, David Korins's stadium-rock set is bright and uncluttered, and the youthful members of the cast are glorious to behold, especially when they get flung in the air.Review by Terry Teachout from The Wall Street Journal
[Taylor] Louderman shows real range as Campbell, the golden captain of the pep team whose dreams of a national championship are suddenly derailed by school redistricting.Review by Linda Winer from Newsday
What is Bring It On: The Musical Like?
Bring It On elevates musicals to a whole new level, with the same skyscraping pyramids, high-octane basket tosses and mid-air arabesques you’d expect from real cheerleading competitions televised on ESPN (courtesy of the real-life cheerleading champions that round out the cast). Besides the jaw-dropping aerial stunts, Bring It On has the heart of a champion with an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity), plus a talented, energetic young cast. All in all, Bring It On is a musical worth cheering for!
Is Bring It On: The Musical Good for Kids?
You bet your pom-poms it is! Set in two competing high schools, Bring It On: The Musical is the kind of coming of age tale that appeals to tweens and teens alike. Besides the human pyrotechnics in the musical’s many cheerleading routines, Bring It On boasts diverse characters, youthful and witty dialogue and a overall theme that it’s always ok to be yourself. Jam-packed with teen spirit, Bring It On is a musical the whole family will flip for.