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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.

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‘Bring It On’ Broadway

The first DVD I ever owned was “Bring It On.”

(What? It was a gift.)

Have you seen it?  The Rancho Carne High School cheering Toros, in pursuit of their sixth national cheerleading championship in a row, discover that their former team captain stole all their award-winning routines from the East Compton Clovers. Kristin Dunst and Gabrielle Union star as the opposing team captains.

“Bring It On” is campy, cheesy and cheer-wonderful, and now…it’s coming to Broadway!

“Awesome, oh wow!
Like, totally freak me out!
I mean, right on!
The Toros sure are number one!”

I am very excited, and honestly don’t see how this show can miss.  The movie has the same fun and energy as “Legally Blonde,” which made an amazing transition from screen to stage.  Plus, Tony-award winning composers Lin-Manual Miranda of “In the Heights” and Tom Kitt of “Next to Normal” are providing the lyrics.  And Jeff Whitty of “Avenue Q” is writing the book.

They will bring it, no doubt.

We cheer and we lead,
We act like we’re on speed,
You hate us ’cause we’re beautiful,
Well we don’t like you either,
We’re cheerleaders,
We are cheerleaders.

I cannot wait until 2011.