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Spirit stick

Do you remember the very first DVD you ever owned?

I do.

I had just bought a combo VHS/DVD player — back when they were still pretty pricey — and a friend gave me the campy cheerleader cult classic Bring it On.  (It wasn’t a classic back then; just campy.)

It also wasn’t a musical, but it is now, and not on Broadway. My west coast friends have the bragging rights to this one.

Bring it On: The Musical may be playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through December 10th, but they have recruited a bunch of Broadway award-winners to their team:

  • Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q)
  • Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights)
  • Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal)
  • Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights)

It’s gotta be good, right?

Tweets from audience members, both celebrity and ‘regular folk,’ have been very enthusiastic. The critics appear to have their doubts.

But it’s early yet.  There’s lots of time to polish.  Bring it On: The Musical is on a national tour, although no Broadway dates appear to be scheduled.

Yet.

I’m sexy, I’m cute,
I’m popular to boot.
I’m wanted, I’m hot,
I’m everything you’re not,
I’m pretty, I’m cool,
I dominate this school,
Who am I? Just guess,
Guys wanna touch my chest,
We cheer and we lead,
We act like we’re on speed,
Hate us ’cause we’re beautiful,
Well we don’t like you either,
We’re cheerleaders,
We are cheerleaders.

‘Heights’ falls

“In the Heights” has jumped the shark.

Already.

The 2008 Tony winner for Best Musical, which brought hip hop to Broadway and New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood into the spotlight, is already, I fear, nearing the end of its run.

Corbin Bleu, who portrayed basketball player Chad Danforth in the “High School Musical” series of movies,was announced as the new lead in December, a fact the show’s producer didn’t really promote until after his debut last night.

Now, I’ve seen all the “High School Musical” movies — yes, I’m 14 years old — and Bleu can definitely dance (and maybe sing — the series has a history of dubbing).  But “In the Heights” is Lin-Manuel Miranda.  He wrote the music and lyrics.  I personally cannot imagine anyone else in the role.

It reminds me a bit of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opened on Broadway in 2007.  Bob Martin was the show’s creator and star as the Man in the Chair.  But after he left the Broadway cast, it closed after 674 performances.  “The Drowsy Chaperone” was Bob Martin.

“In the Heights”, I fear, is not Corbin Bleu.  And I am saddened for those theatergoers who missed the original.

Perhaps it is a good thing that this hip-hop musical skips on out to sea.