BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Begins Previews on Broadway Tonight, 7/12
Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein and Charlie Lyons and Executive Producers Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson previously announced that the new musical comedy Bring It On: The Musical would open on Broadway on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at The St. James Theatre (246 W. 44th Street) direct from a 13-city National Tour, for a 12-week limited engagement through Sunday, October 7, 2012. Previews begin tonight, Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 8pm.
Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical features a libretto 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), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy Award winner Alex Lacamoire (Wicked). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).
Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected.
The entire cast of the touring production of Bring It On: The Musical continues in their roles on Broadway. Led by newcomer Taylor Louderman as Campbell and Adrienne Warren (Dreamgirls) as Danielle, the cast features Ryann Redmond (Back Stage Garland, LA Ticketholder and BroadwayWorld Atlanta Award winner for her role in this production) as Bridget, Elle McLemore (Disney’s “Suite Life on Deck”) as Eva, Jason Gotay (Broadway’s Rising Stars and Rent) as Randall, Ariana DeBose (Hairspray, “So You Think You Can Dance”) as Nautica, Gregory Haney (Memphis) as La Cienega, Neil Haskell (“So You Think You Can Dance”) as Steven, Janet Krupin as Kylar, Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde) as Skylar and Nick Womack as Twig, Calli Alden, Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, Dominique Johnson, Michael Mindlin, Adrianna Parson and Bettis Richardson.
The cast also features some of the nation’s most skilled competitive cheerleaders with over 25 national and 50 team titles in gymnastics and choreography. Those members include Antwan Bethea, AJ Blankenship, Danielle Carlacci, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Dahlston Delgado, Brooklyn Alexis Freitag, Keith Gross, Melody Mills, David Ranck, Billie Sue Roe, ShelDon Tucker and Lauren Whitt.
The design team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award winner David Korins (Pee-Wee Herman Show), costume design by Andrea Lauer (American Idiot), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages), sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan (Book of Mormon), video design by Jeff Sugg (Magic/Bird) and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe (Newsies).
Bring It On: The Musical premiered in a developmental production at the ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta in early 2011 and launched a 13-city tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on October 30, 2011, which wrapped up in Toronto on June 3, 2012.
The performance schedule through August 5 is Monday and Tuesday at 8pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, July 15, Monday, July 16, Sunday, July 22 and Wednesday, August 1 at 2pm. Performances have been added on Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 19, both at 8pm. Beginning Monday, August 6, the performance schedule is Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning Tuesday, September 4, the performance schedule is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 7:30pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus