Miranda, Whitty, Blankenbuehler Talk BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
As previously announced, The Alliance Theatre presents the world premiere of Bring It On: The Musical, which will make its debut on the Alliance Stage on January 15, 2011. The high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading meets the cutthroat rivalries of high school politics in this daring and explosive new musical comedy. The star-studded creative team behind the production has crafted an original with all new characters and storylines that is certain to surprise and delight audience members.
The team behind the world premiere of Bring It On: The Musical is an extraordinarily rare union of some of Broadway's most acclaimed, award-winning, young creators. With an original book 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 Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity), the production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).
Creators Blankenbuehler, Miranda, and Whitty recently spoke to Access Atlanta about the thrills and challenges of creating the piece which, according to Blankenbuehler, is being done in half the time a typical original musical would take to get on its feet.
The songwriters, who had been writing individually, eventually came to create a union of their two styles, says Jeff Whitty according to Access Atlanta. "They began coming up with music that was so fun," Whitty says, "and in a way it was these two different sounds. But then they also started meeting in the middle. Tom would write a song in what was originally Lin's world, and Lin would write songs in Tom's world. So it became this wonderful, as Lin says, stew of music."
Says Miranda in anticipation of the Atlanta opening: "I think Atlanta audiences will tell us where we want to go."
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