Blankenbuehler, Whitty, Miranda, Kitt, Green & Lacamoire Assemble For 'BRING IT ON' Musical Project
An all-star, Tony Award winning creative team has been assembled to create Bring It On: The Musical, an original musical set in the world of competitive cheerleading.
The award-winning creative team for Bring It On: The Musical includes an array of talented and innovative individuals drawn from the top ranks of the Broadway Theatre World. Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award-winning choreographer for In The Heights) will direct and choreograph. Jeff Whitty (Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q) will write the book. Bring It On: The Musical will feature music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony Award winner for In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Tony Award winner for Next to Normal), and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity). Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In The Heights, Wicked) will serve as orchestrator, arranger and music supervisor.
"The explosive world of cheerleading heightens so naturally to the stage. I can't imagine a more perfect team to bring this musical to life on stage," says Andy Blankenbuehler. "Jeff Whitty has come up with an enticing, original book, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt, two of Broadway's most talented composers, are joining their amazing creative forces to write the score. With Amanda Green collaborating on lyrics and musical supervision by Alex Lacamoire, this team is a director and choreographer's dream."
The writers of Bring It On: The Musical have conceived an original new musical that will feature all new and original characters.
Bring It On: The Musical will be produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions along with Charlie Lyons and Armyan Bernstein of Beacon Communications. Day-to-day production will be overseen by Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson. General Management will be under the direction of Nina Essman and Nancy Nagel Gibbs of 321 Theatrical Management.
"For all of us at Universal, being a part of the Bring It On world has given us great personal and professional satisfaction, and now to work with these great artists on creating this new musical is an even more exciting challenge," says Glenn Ross of Universal Pictures Stage Productions.
The Producers of Bring It On: The Musical anticipate a developmental regional production in early 2011, with a national tour to follow.
Andy Blankenbuehler (Director & Choreographer). In addition to the Tony Award for Best Choreography, Andy Blankenbuehler also earned the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his work on In the Heights. Known for his exuberantly athletic, street-inflected dance moves, Blankenbuehler is also choreographer of the recent Broadway production of 9 to 5, the London production of Desperately Seeking Susan, and the Broadway revival of The Apple Tree. Other recent projects include Waiting For The Moon (music by Frank Wildhorn), the world premiere of the musical A Little Princess (music by Andrew Lippa), the Paper Mill Playhouse production of A Wonderful Life, as well as the off-Broadway play Burleigh Grimes (music by David Yazbek). He conceived, directed and choreographed the hit Caesars Palace production Nights On Broadway and has appeared as a guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. As a performer, Mr. Blankenbuehler has danced on Broadway in Fosse, Contact, Man of La Mancha, Saturday Night Fever, Steel Pier, Big and Guys and Dolls.