Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ON THE RADAR: Bring It On: The Musical
Unlike other shows this season, all of the team has had its share of set backs, and gambles with unsure, safe material. When, arguably, the least known member of the team is Amanda Green, of High Fidelity on Broadway and a little ditty called "The Rose" fame, you can bet the potential is quite high. Then there is Tony winning book writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q - sharp, critical comic eye, check!), Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) providing the hip-hop, Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt (next to normal) proving the rest of the score, and Tony winner Andy Blankenbeuhler (In the Heights) at the helm, directing and choreographing. Each are synonymous with "modern, cutting-edge Broadway." Each has taken chances - some failures - 13, High Fidelity, neither a shameful mess - and each has taken huge risks in pushing the limits, bringing minority culture to the masses and introducing the world to full puppet nudity and found great success - 2 Tony winning Best Musicals and only the 8th musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. In short, if you are going to take a risk with changing a tried and true formula, bring it fully into the 21st century and make it move like no other show before it, they are your dream team.
The show opened this past week at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre to strong and constructive reviews, with most predicting a long life on Broadway. Comparisons, not to the movie, but to A Chorus Line, All About Eve and even West Side Story seem to bode well for the piece as well. (For some fun and interesting background on the making of the show, look up Alliance Theatre Bring It On the musical on YouTube.
I hope the show does make it. And without too much hoopla - just before previews the lead actress had to be replaced due to injury, and last Wednesday's performance had to be cancelled due to an actor's strained muscle and a minor sprain. Let's hope calmer heads prevail with this show, despite its teen angst story and injury potential - and there are even professional cheerleaders in cast who also get injured. Bring It On: The Musical will definitely have the actors flying about the stage - not a wire in sight - which should be exciting and thrilling to watch. Like I said, please let calmer heads prevail, and let's cheer this one on!
THE ATLANTA TV COMMERCIAL:
(Photos by Greg Mooney)
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