You better bring it to the Grand to see ‘Bring It On: The Musical”

January 17, 2014 

If you ever held a pair of pom-poms in high school, or just loved the silly and sarcastic 1990s cheerleading movies, this is the show for you.

Part of the Broadway Series at the Grand Opera House, “Bring It On: The Musical” will be on stage Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

“Bring It On: The Musical” is inspired by the famous cheerleader movies from the 1990s and features an original story by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”), music and lyrics by Tony-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), music by Pulitzer- and Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (“High Fidelity”) and music supervision by Tony- and Grammy-winner Alex Lacamoire (“In The Heights”).

The production is directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (“In the Heights”).

“Personally, I can’t wait to see ‘Bring It On.’ The music in this show is amazing and you will see ridiculously awesome acrobatics from the cheerleader routines. It is absolutely worth coming to and it is more than just a rehash of the movie,” said Cindy Hill, arts marketing coordinator for the Grand.

“It is just a tremendous amount of fun.”

Hill offered a recap for people who haven’t seen the movies.

“ ‘Bring It On’ stars Nadia Vynnytsky and Zuri Washington as heads of rival cheerleading squads. It’s got a lot of witty dialogue, sarcastic comments, biting humor and will definitely resonate for anyone who ever lived through high school. The musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition.”

The musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and played through the end of that year.

The production earned Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Choreography. It will begin its touring run here in Macon.

“With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this all-new story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected,” Hill said.

“I know that some people may have a hard time with the premise, but the truth of it is very real. These athletes go through their entire lives under some really intense pressures and they have to learn to cope with it and with each other to be happy with themselves.

“The show takes you on a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination. It is the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. The New York Times called it ‘impossible to resist’ and it really is,” Hill said.

“Bring It On: The Musical”

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21-22

Where: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St

Cost: $42-$49

Information: www.thegrandmacon.com; 478-301-5470

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