Once there was a little girl who wanted to be a cheerleader so badly, she could taste it. Campbell Davis (Taylor Louderman) had finally made captain of the Truman squad and during try outs, she decides to give another cheer wana be, Eva (Elle McLemore) a chance. Little does she know the machinations of one who is desperate for attention. While Campbell encourages the young Eva, Eva plots to become captain. First she does so by having Campbell's school reassigned from the white upper class Truman to an almost all African American school, Jackson. Then she takes over Steve, Campbell's boyfriend (Neil Haskell) and Campbell's friends as Skylar (Kate Rockwell).
Forlorn and lost without her squad, Campbell turns to Danielle (Adrienne Warren) and her local crew LaCienga (Gregory Haney), Nautica (Ariana DeBose.) Jackson, of course, does not have a cheer team,but they do have great hip hop dancers. Campbell befriends Bridget (Ryann Redmond), the former overweight mascot, as together they seek acceptance in their new school.
Suspecting the truth, Campbell decides to fight back and encourages her new friends to start a cheer leading group of their own. She tells them of the glory of nationals, leaving out her fervent desire to best her enemy. The truth, however, comes out and Campbell's world falls around her.
Campbell's arc meets that of Danielle's as the two young women come to terms and realize that performing at nationals serves them both. Bridget was one of the best young actresses going from low self esteem to beaming accomplishment. They learn the hard way that winning isn't everything especially when losing means giving up something you really care about.
There was cheering and clapping in the full house of the Ahmanson Theatre as the actors/performers of Bring It On, The Musical, strutted their stuff. With back flips, stands, singing and dancing abounding, the evening was an uplifting event for all those watching. Not unlike Hairspray, the masterful music was the type you wanted to sing along. I would be suprised if they don't do a recording of the event. The energy in the room was unbelievable. Almost like the operetta, Pirates of Penzance, the story was told mostly in song.
Based on the movies of the same name, written by Jessica Bendinger, Bring It On, The Musical, was produced by Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson. The happy lyrics were written by Amanda Green and Lin- Manuel Miranda with music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Libretto was by Jeff Whitty. Music Supervision by Alex Lacamoire and masterfully directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler.
Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; No Monday performances. Exceptions: No public performance Thursday, November 17 (student matinee only); No performance Thursday, November 24; No 6:30 p.m. performance Sunday, December 4; Additional 2 p.m. performances on Thursdays, December 1 and 8; Additional 8 p.m. performance on Monday, November 21.
TICKET INFO: Ticket Prices: $20 - $120 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 972-4400, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.
The play goes until December 10, 2011, but I would hurry and get tickets becuase most days are sold out and you're going to want to attend again and again.