‘Bring It On: The Musical’ Is a Real Thing, And That’s Awesome
You heard me: ‘Bring It On: The Musical.’ Yes.
Bring It On is a complete guilty pleasure movie, right? It’s not the kind of movie that you’ll ever admit to having seen in theaters back when it was released in 2000 (even though you totally did); but it IS the kind of movie that you’ll happily tune into over pancakes and coffee when it’s showing on ABC Family on Sunday mornings. Not that, um, I do that… Okay. I’ll admit it. I totally do. What can I say? Bad cheerleading movies starring Kirsten Dunst and pancakes go great together.
Anyway, my point is that Bring It On doesn’t exactly strike you as hit Broadway musical material, does it? Yeah, me neither—and yet, guess what? Not only is there a Bring It On musical, but moreover, it’s been created by the Tony Award-winning team behind the Broadway hit In The Heights! Take a look at the promo here:
Pretty snazzy–looking, right?
For those of you who missed it, In the Heights focused on three days in the lives of the denizens of New York’s Dominican-American neighborhood Washington Heights. It won the coveted Best Musical award at the Tonys in 2008. It may seem like a bit of a leap to go from there to the cheerleaders of Bring It On… but maybe it isn’t as much of a leap as at first it might seem. Here, check out In The Heights’ performance from the Tony Awards:
Hip hop? Cheerleading? Somehow, it all makes sense. Bring It On: The Musical opens on Friday at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles; from there, it will go onto a national tour. So in case you ever wanted to see what happens when cheerleading gets its musical theatre on, now’s your chance! If you’re in LA, Bring It On: The Musical will be playing through December 10. Any plans for it to hit Broadway? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see about that. Until then… bring it on.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.