PHOTO CALL: Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Visit Bring It On: The Musical

News   PHOTO CALL: Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Visit Bring It On: The Musical Former President George H.W. Bush and former First lady Barbara Bush paid a visit to the touring production Bring It On: The Musical at the Hobby Center in Houston Jan. 25.

The VIP guests headed backstage to meet with the cast after the show.

Team rivalries reach new heights in the national tour of Bring It On: The Musical, the new stage production by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty.

The high-energy musical set within the world of competitive cheerleading launched its limited national tour Oct. 30 in Los Angeles. Bring It On had its world premiere in early 2011 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

Tony-winning In the Heights choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who also helmed the Atlanta premiere, directs and choreographs the tour, which has musical supervision by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire. Los Angeles performances will continue through Dec. 10. Though the title and subject matter are inspired by the popular film franchise, Tony Award-winning Avenue Q book writer Whitty has penned an original libretto for the musical that retains its setting of the world of competitive cheerleading.

Bring It On has music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, High Fidelity), lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights).

The cast includes Adrienne Warren as Danielle, Ryann Redmond as Bridget, Taylor Louderman as Campbell, Jason Gotay (Rent) as Randall, Elle McLemore as Eva, Ariana DeBose (Hairspray, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Nautica, Gregory Haney (Memphis) as La Cienega, Neil Haskell (West Side Story, 9 to 5, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Steven, Janet Krupin as Kylar, Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde, "Grease! You're the One That We Want") as Skylar and Nick Womack as Twig.

The ensemble includes Calli Alden, Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, Dominique Johnson, Michael Mindlin, Adrianna Parson and Bettis Richardson.


Competitive cheerleaders, who provide Bring It On with its energetic stunts, are Antwan Bethea, Danielle Carlacci, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Dahlston Delgado, Brooklyn Freitag, Melody Mills, David Ranck, Billie Sue Roe, Sheldon Tucker and Lauren Whitt.

The current itinerary for Bring It On follows:

Houston, TX (Jan. 24-Feb. 5, 2012, at the Hobby Center)
Fayetteville, AR (Feb. 7-12, 2012, at the Walton Arts Center)
Dallas, TX (Feb. 14-26, 2012, at the Music Hall)
Des Moines, IA (Feb. 28-March 4, 2012, at the Civic Center)
Chicago, IL (March 6-25, 2012, at the Cadillac Palace)
St. Louis, MO (March 27-April 8, 2012, at the Fox Theatre)
Charlotte, NC (April 10-15, 2012, at the Belk Theatre)
Durham, NC (April 17-22, 2012, at the Durham PAC)
Providence, RI (April 24-29, 2012, at the Providence PAC)
Toronto, ON (May 2-June 3, 2012, at the Canon Theatre) Here's how producers bill the work: "In Bring It On: The Musical, the high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading is intertwined with cutthroat high school politics to tell the story of Campbell, the heir apparent to the head cheerleader at Truman High School. Campbell is at the top of the cheerleader pyramid and she has it all — a strong squad, a doting boyfriend and a straight path to the national championships. Her entire life has been dedicated to honing routines and staying within the strict rules and guidelines, but when a surprise letter arrives, Campbell's world is thrown upside down."

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