By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on August 01, 2012 8:27 AM
Get out your pom-poms ... Bring It On: The Musical opens at the St. James Theatre tonight. Inspired by the competitive cheerleading movie Bring It On, which has something of a reputation as a campy cult favorite, Bring It On: The Musical is playing a very limited run on Broadway, with an expected closing date of October 7. Technically Broadway is just a stop on the show's national tour, which began in Los Angeles last autumn. The main draw of Bring It On is the fact that--unlike your average Broadway musical--it showcases some pretty impressive gymnastics.
Real-life competitive cheerleaders are featured in the cast, showing off the kind of high-flying moves that are rarely seen outside of a cheerleading competition. Bring It On: The Musical has a book by Avenue Q's aptly named Jeff Whitty and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. Two Tony Award-winning composers, Tom Kitt (Next To Normal) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), supply the music, with Miranda and Amanda Green contributing the lyrics.