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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:10

New Musical BRING IT ON to Open on Broadway This Summer for Limited Run

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

Bring It On

IS BRINGING IT TO BROADWAY
FOR 12-WEEKS ONLY
NEW MUSICAL COMEDY TO BEGIN PREVIEWS ON THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012
AND OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
AT THE ST. JAMES THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE EXCLUSIVELY
TO AUDIENCE REWARDS MEMBERS  - WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC – MONDAY MAY 21, 2012

 LIBRETTO BY
TONY® AWARD WINNER JEFF WHITTY

MUSIC BY
PULITZER AND TONY AWARD WINNER TOM KITT

AND

TONY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

LYRICS BY
AMANDA GREEN

AND

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY TONY AWARD WINNER
ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER  

(Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – New York, NY)  Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein and Charlie Lyons and Executive Producers Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson announced today that the new musical comedy Bring It On: The Musicalwill open on Broadway on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at The St. James Theatre (246 W. 44th Street) direct from a 13-city National Tour, for a 12-week limited engagement through Sunday, October 7, 2012.  Previews are set to begin Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 8pm.  Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical features a libretto by Tony® Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), 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 (Wicked).  The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. 

The entire cast of the hit touring production of Bring It On: The Musical will continue in their roles on Broadway.  Led by newcomer Taylor Louderman as Campbell and Adrienne Warren (Dreamgirls) as Danielle, the cast features Ryann Redmond (Back Stage Garland,  LA Ticketholder and BroadwayWorld Atlanta Award winner for her role in this production) as Bridget, Elle McLemore (Disney’s “Suite Life on Deck”) as Eva,  Jason Gotay (Broadway’s Rising Stars and Rent) as Randall, Ariana DeBose (Hairspray, “So You Think You Can Dance”) as Nautica, Gregory Haney (Memphis) as La Cienega, Neil Haskell (“So You Think You Can Dance”) as Steven, Janet Krupin as Kylar, Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde) as Skylar and Nick Womack as Twig, Calli Alden, Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, Dominique Johnson, Michael Mindlin, Adrianna Parson and Bettis Richardson.   The cast also features some of the nation’s most skilled competitive cheerleaders with over 25 national and 50 team titles in gymnastics and choreography. Those members include Antwan Bethea, AJ Blankenship, Danielle Carlacci, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Dahlston Delgado, Brooklyn Alexis Freitag, Keith Gross, Melody Mills, David Ranck, Billie Sue Roe, Sheldon Tucker and Lauren Whitt.

The design team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award winner David Korins (Pee-Wee Herman Show), costume design by Andrea Lauer (American Idiot), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Rock of Ages), sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan (Book of Mormon), video design by Jeff Sugg (Magic/Bird) and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe (Newsies).

Bring It On: The Musical premiered in a developmental production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in early 2011 and launched a 13-city tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on October 30, 2011, which will wrap up in Toronto on June 3, 2012. 

Tickets for Bring It On: The Musical will be on sale exclusively to Audience Rewards members from Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:00am through Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:59pm, at AudienceRewards.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:00am at Telecharge.com (212-239-6200).

The performance schedule through August 5 is Monday and Tuesday at 8pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, July 15, Monday, July 16, Sunday, July 22 and Wednesday, August 1 at 2pm. Performances have been added on Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 19, both at 8pm.

Beginning Monday, August 6, the performance schedule is Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, the performance schedule is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 7:30pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.  For more information, visit: bringitonmusical.com

GIMME AN R-A-V-E !

“An intriguing collaboration among artists with serious Broadway cred.”

“Breathtaking displays of human fireworks. Bring It On had me regularly gasping at the human pyrotechnics.” "

-Charles Isherwood, New York Times

BRING IT ON, INDEED. Smart writing that’s laugh out loud funny …crisp and poppy tunes… endless high-flying stunts.”

-Tanner Stransky, Entertainment Weekly

"CHEERWORTHY!   Bring It On is a very promising and affecting new musical.  TERRIFIC SONGS… gorgeous melodies, rappin' lyrics…. including the spectacular ‘It's All Happening’, the powerful ‘It Ain't No Thing’ and the witty ‘Might As Well Enjoy the Trip.’   A young, huge cast does remarkably athletic feats, which any person in your life will enjoy."

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 “Everything you wished for, nothing like you expected, exactly what you will love.”

-AOL.com

Bring It On: The Musical will introduce you to a world of razzmatazz that Las Vegas would envy, and sky-high gymnastics that could put Cirque du Soleil to shame.  It combines cutting-edge technology, a driving pop score and a cast of incredibly talented young people.

­-Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

“A lot of musicals remind you of other musicals that you’ve seen, no matter how hard they insist that they’re unique. But Bring It On really does deliver something different: Cheerleading stunts that take your breath away. With an ensemble that includes about a dozen top cheerleaders from across the country, Bring It On offers more than songs and dances to entertain us. The cheerleaders fly high into the air, then come spinning down into the sure arms of their teammates with a rush of excitement (and maybe terror) that’s over almost at once — and then happens again. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen on the musical-theater stage.

-Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Thrills there are, aplenty.”

-Bob Verini, Variety       

THE OLYMPICS OF MUSICAL THEATER. A jaw-dropping combination of cheerleading and show tunes. Airborne push-ups and human pyramids have replaced jazz hands and torch songs in this gravity-defying blast of energy.”

-Karen D’Souza, San Jose Mercury News

" Bring It On generates an immense, ultimately irresistible physical delight to the point where you might just want to stand and cheer for the sheer daring, skill and aerobic prowess of the performers."

" 'A' for Athelticism.”

-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“From the leads to members of the ensemble, this gang consistently delivers the goods in song, dance, even some neatly etched comic characterizations. With the gymnastics specialties thrown in periodically for good measure, it makes an impressive team effort whose vibrant spirit proves well-nigh irresistible. There’s no denying that Bring It On is going to leave a lot of people cheering.”

-Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

"A smash-mouth cheerleading sensation, with dazzling choreography, standout performances…"

-Hoyt Hilsman, The Huffington Post

“Takes Musical Theatre to a whole new level.”

- ABC TV

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