We had the pleasure of attending Bring It On the musical at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night and….
We really liked it!
It was surprisingly good!
We went in with really low expectations but were very pleasantly surprised!
The show's producers assembled an impressive team of talent to create the show, "inspired" by the hit cheerleading movie but not an actual adaptation of the film.
And it truly is a stellar crew that put Bring It On the musical together:
The high-flying original musical comedy features libretto by Tony Award®-winner Jeff Whitty, 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"), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green ("High Fidelity") and music supervision by Tony® and Grammy® Award-winner Alex Lacamoire ("In the Heights"). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® -winner Andy Blankenbuehler ("In the Heights").
The show is not quite ready for Broadway, but it's very close!
What we liked most about the show was the music! It was a stellar score with equally good lyrics that felt fun and fresh and was a major win!
The new story was fun and the book captured the tone of the film quite well.
Our biggest critique of the show is that while most of the performances were adequate, there was only ONE actor that was truly exceptional! Adrienne Warren as Danielle totally stole the show! A complete triple threat! Her voice was on-point, her dancing was fab and her acting was nuanced!
If the show goes to Broadway, we also would consider investing more money into the production design and reworking the costumes.
But overall it was a very very enjoyable experience!
Like Legally Blonde meets High School Musical, Bring It On is lighthearted good fun!