BWW Flashback: BRING IT ON - THE MUSICAL Leads Last Cheer on Broadway Today
Bring It On: The Musical will play the final performance of its limited engagement today, December 30, 2012, after 21 previews and 173 regular performances at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a multimedia flashback with highlights from the musical's run on the Great White Way!
Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical is inspired by the Bring It On film and features 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), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In The Heights). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).
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 (9 to 5, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Steven, Dominique Johnson as Cameron, Janet Krupin as Kylar, Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde) as Skylar and Nicolas Womack as Twig, Calli Alden, Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, 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 Sunday, October 30, 2011, which ended in Toronto on Sunday, June 3, 2012. See below for the show's exciting pre-Broadway montage!
Direct from a 13-city national tour, Bring It On: The Musical began preview performances on Thursday, July 12, 2012, opened on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Scroll down for production photos and BroadwayWorld's coverage of the opening night curtain call and party!
BroadwayWorld was at the St. James Theatre to help celebrate all the excitement of opening night. Below, check out photos from the spirit-filled opening night curtain call and video interviews from after the show!
A long-standing opening night tradition on the Great White Way, the fabled Gypsy Robe is bestowed upon a veteran Broadway chorus member for each opening production. The BRING IT ON receipient was cast member Rod Harrelson. Check out photos from the ceremony below!
Bring It On recorded its Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Ghostlight Records, at MSR Studios in New York City in August 2012 under the direction of Album Producers Alex Lacamoire, Tom Kitt and Kurt Deutsch. The cast and creative team met up for a special listening party, and BroadwayWorld's Randy Rainbow was there to chat with the cast about the new album. Check out what they had to say below!
Discussions for additional tour dates in the 2013-14 season are underway. But, for now, Bring It On, The Musical leads its last cheer on Broadway.