DIVA TALK: Chatting With Bring It On: The Musical Star Taylor Louderman

By Andrew Gans
10 Aug 2012

Louderman in Bring It On: The Musical.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Question: I know that there are some real cheerleaders in the show in addition to the actors—is everyone one big family? Has everyone bonded?
Louderman: Absolutely. We all have different strengths, and I think because of that we have a greater respect for each other. It's awesome to be able to have that vibe on stage and off stage. It was just a nice camaraderie that we've developed, and we're certainly a family now. Our lives are in each other's hands, so it has to be a family.

Question: Have you guys recorded this show?
Louderman: No, we haven't, but we're hoping to! [Laughs.] We have three songs that are available at the theatre and on iTunes, but that's it so far. [Sh-K-Boom records announced Aug. 9 it will release a full cast recording on a future date.]

Question: Where would you like to see your career go from here? Do you have dream roles? What's in your mind as your path?
Louderman: I don't know. This all happened so quickly. I didn't really get a chance to dream about it. But I think Campbell really is my dream role. I always hoped that there would be a part created for a girl who has to show off her athletic ability and a little bit of dancing and belting. And, this character—it's really a dream come true for me. I think I'd love to dabble in TV and film and play with that. I think my experience in acting is more subtle, and I think I may be okay at it. [Laughs.] For now, it's really about the journey, and I couldn't tell you what specific roles I hope to play. But as long as I'm having fun and doing my job well.

Question: Have you been able to enjoy New York? Had you been here before?
Louderman: [Laughs.] No. It's certainly an adjustment for me. I haven't had a lot of time to play, really, in New York so far, so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt. But, yeah, it's an adjustment. It's very different from the life that I grew up and the life that I had in Michigan. This is the first time I've really been on my own—working. I was at college before, and previously I was at high school. [Laughs.] It's life-changing! I'm adjusting, and I'm sure that I will love it just like everyone says I will.

Louderman and Jason Gotay
photo by Craig Schwartz

Question: What is that like for you to, as you say, be on your own and go to work and come home?
Louderman: It's so, so surreal in a sense. I never imagined this would happen, I guess, this soon, although I am so, so grateful, you know. Holy cow! It's what I dreamed of since I was itty-bitty! But there's a reality, too, that I think a lot of people don't get—or I didn't even get. I still take the subway, and I still walk home every day. It's just funny, after leaving the stage door and all that, the minute I walk away, I'm back to reality and just like everyone else. But it's cool to be able to say to myself, "I'm walking to work," but it's being on Broadway!

Question: Since the show is so physical, I'm curious whether you've been watching any of the Olympics?
Louderman: Oh my gosh, yeah, absolutely! I watch the gymnastics, specifically, with a whole new perspective after watching the cheerleaders every day doing gymnastics. It's really cool. I didn't even think twice about it, but now that you ask, it's definitely more exciting to watch.

Question: Do you have any other projects in the works or are you just focusing on Bring It On at the moment?
Louderman: Not quite yet because we just opened the show, but I'm on the lookout, and we'll see!

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