Competitive cheerleading bounces onto Broadway with the new show "Bring It On: the Musical." NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.
While “Bring It On,” with an impressive creative pedigree, shoots high (quite literally), it’s not for the “high of brow.” That said, target audiences such as my 16-year-old daughter are going to flip over this one (not quite literally).
Based on the film, it starts with a bunch of privileged high school kids who dream of nothing more than to win a cheerleading trophy. And as if to offset the shallowness of it all, we get the real deal in this show with a bunch of ringers who dazzle us with high-flying lifts and tumbles that’ll drop your jaw in awe.
But the stunts would be mere gimmickry if not for the talented young team featuring a quartet of Tony winners behind this spirited little gem. Tom Kitt, who also has a Pulitzer for “Next To Normal,” composed the music with “In The Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda co-wrote the lyrics as well with Amanda Green and the thickly-plotted libretto is by Avenue Q’s book writer Jeff Whitty. And giving it edgy shape and movement is director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.
Once the story moves out of the white bread school and into a rival school featuring a more diverse street culture featuring a fabulous tranny character, the show takes off and Miranda’s signature hip hop stylings are, as ever, quite a treat.
Kudos to the casting agent, who found a bunch of sensational rookies most of whom are making their Broadway debuts: Taylor Louderman, a lovely actress who holds her own even while standing in a pyramid on a pair of hands and Adrienne Warren, another beauty who can wail with the best of 'em. But Ryann Redmond, seemingly out of nowhere, is the heart of this show, belting and rapping like an old pro.
Compared to the greats it’s a musical ditty
But now that it’s time for summer in the city
If a cool escape is what you’re seeking out
Then Bring It On may give you much to cheer about.