DIVA TALK: Chatting With Bring It On: The Musical Star Adrienne Warren

By Andrew Gans
31 Aug 2012

Warren on opening night
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Question: That's interesting about the fear because I was listening to one of the Olympic divers speak, and he said the first time he went to the very highest diving board, he looked down and thought, "Are you kidding me? There's no way I'm going to do this!"
Warren: [Laughs.] Exactly. And, that's kind of what it feels like. You're like, "You're telling me I'm going to go up there, and I may have to sing, and then I'm going to flip down, and I'm going to do that eight times a week? What do you mean? And, I've never done that before!" [Laughs.] That's crazy!

Question: How would you describe Danielle?
Warren: Of course, everybody knows she's the Queen Bee of Jackson High School, and she's the head of their hip-hop dance crew there. I would describe her as a fun, exciting person that you want to be friends with, but don't cross her in a negative way. You don't want to cross her because she's also very outspoken, and she's very hardworking and ambitious and willing to do anything to go after her dreams. I look up to her a lot because she is not afraid to step outside the box and—to quote the show—"do her own thing" and wear what she wants to wear, talk the way she wants to talk and talk to anyone. She's not afraid of anyone or anything, and she kind of just goes after whatever is in her path, and she has fun doing it. I think that's something I really, really love about her. I think that's what makes her really fun and likable as a person, and I wish I was more like that when I was in high school. [Laughs.] And, I know a lot of people that probably do.

Question: Do you have a favorite moment in the show? Is there anything you look forward to?
Warren: I look forward to the show in general just because it's so much fun to do. I mean, people always say at the end of the show when they come to the stage door, "You guys look like you're having so much fun," and it's true. We are having so much fun. It's a lot of hard work, and it's physically demanding, but this show is so much fun to do. I think one moment in the show that I love is "Friday Night Jackson." It's a chance in the show where I, as Danielle, get to have fun with just everyone in the cast—the ensemble and my crew girls—and we just have a ball during that number. It's set after the homecoming game on a Friday night. Everyone's having a good time, and I get to wear a sparkly outfit. [Laughs.] It's just a whole lot of fun. I love that part, definitely.

Question: Do you think the show has a message or what does it say to you?
Warren: Yeah, I think the really special aspect of this show is people come to this show, first off, having no idea what to expect—knowing that they are going to see cheerleading, but not knowing really how it's going to happen. Is it going to be an acrobatic show? But what they don't expect are the lessons that we have that Jeff Whitty, our book writer, was so amazing at putting into this show. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be touched, you will be filled with joy. And, what's so great about that is we have these lessons that friendship is more important than winning, and winning isn't everything, and the importance of being yourself and liking who you are and accepting others for who they are. These are all universal themes that no matter how old you are or where you come—the background you come from—we all can relate to in some way, shape or form, and I think that's really beautiful about this piece.