Big productions like Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, big heart like The Book of Mormon and big ballads like those in Wicked have all been covered to resoundingly popular success this year. But where are all the big dance numbers? The inheritors of 42nd Street’s classic pairing of athleticism and grace, of talent bolstered by the enthusiasm of an audience, not the elasticity of a wire? Bring It On: The Musical is looking to fill the void of good ole’ fashioned song-and-dance shows here on Broadway. Previews ended in July, but the show is running its limited engagement in NYC throughout the month. Don’t miss out!
The musical adaptation of the 2000 film of the same name faithfully follows the movie’s plot. When bright-eyed, newly minted cheer captain Torrance discovers her award-winning squad has been ripping off routines from the poorer high school across town for years, she determines to beat the rival Clovers – who finally have enough money to compete against, and threaten, Torrance’s Toros – fair and square, with the first original routines her team has ever performed.
Highlights from Bring It On: The Musical
Bring It On: The Musical Inspiration: Bring it On The Film
While Bring It On the film received mixed reviews upon its release in 2000, general consensus had it that Kirsten Dunst was in her comedic element as the film’s cheerleader-with-a-conscious Torrance. The work may not have taken a revolutionary look at cheer politics, but The New York Times nevertheless lauded Bring It On for its ability to “gesture toward serious matters of race and economic inequality.”