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

By Andrew Gans
31 Aug 2012

Warren and Taylor Louderman in Bring It On: The Musical.
photo by Joan Marcus

Question: What was it like working on the show and getting it together with so many different creatives—Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty.
Warren: Oh, you mean our dream team?! [Laughs.] They are just amazing! I mean, Tony after Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy… I mean, I could go on for days. We always talk about their bronze room that they have of just awards everywhere. The best thing about working with them—they're great people, first and foremost, and they made this show great for all of us. This was a new thing for most of our cast, and many of our cast members have never done a show before in their lives. And, they were always personable, you could always come to them, and they really trust you with the work that they created and trust you and gave you a little bit of liberties here and there. And, for Tom Kitt to say, "I love that lick you just did. Let me write that into the music…" That's amazing that he can say that to you… They're all so inspiring, and they push all of us to do our very best, and I enjoyed the process so much. It was such a long and crazy and hard process, but at the end, I've learned so much, and I couldn't have asked for better people to work with.

Question: I know you've done Encores! with The Wiz, but this is your Broadway debut…
Warren: This is my Broadway debut.

 

Warren on opening night
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



Question: Was there anything different about your first night on Broadway than what you had thought it would be like? Did it feel special?
Warren: I kind of say I had two first nights because preview night was the first Broadway audience really, and then opening night was the official first night… Preview night I was very emotional. There were certain points in the show where tears were just coming to my eyes because this has been a two-and-a-half-year journey for a lot of us. And, to think, "Oh my gosh, we're finally here. I'm finally on this stage at this moment, feeling this energy from the audience and my cast members"—that was just crazy and amazing. But the opening night was very special. I had a lot of family and friends in the audience—some who have never seen the show before—and I had a lot of people in my life that had helped me get to this point, like the head of my family theatre company when I was a kid, head of my musical theatre department when I was in performing arts high school. They were all there, so to share that with them and my parents was so special, and my mother—she ruined everything! [Laughs.]… She sent my opening-night present backstage at five minutes to places, and it was a shadow box—a collage that she makes when I do shows sometimes… She made one for my first regional show I ever did when I was in high school, and she made one for this. And, in the collage, you can see pictures of us from the workshop, the out-of-town tryout, the tour, and we look so young! I mean, younger than we already are now. [Laughs.] And, I just burst into tears! I had to redo all of my makeup. [Laughs.] I just started crying, and I really got all of the emotion out then, so I was able to just focus on the show that night, which actually was great. It actually really helped, but that was so special, and it was a really, really special moment for me.

Question: Since we haven't spoken before, I wanted to go back a bit. Where were you born and raised?
Warren: I was raised and born in Chesapeake, Virginia, and then I moved here to New York City when I was 18 because I went to Marymount Manhattan College for school.

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