PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Bring It On With High-Flyer Courtney Corbeille

By Matthew Blank
25 Sep 2012

Courtney Corbeille, a professional cheerleader currently making her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical, takes Playbill.com readers behind the scenes into the high-energy acrobatic world of the musical.



Aside from playing the ensemble "Goth Girl," Corbeille is one of the squad's "fliers," who perform at and jump from the highest heights of the St. James Theatre.

"I have been a part of the journey since early 2010 when I auditioned at an open 'cattle call' with absolutely no real musical theater experience," says Corbeille. "It's hard to believe that two and a half years later, I am seeing our marquee in lights on the Great White Way. Transitioning from cheerleader to dancer/singer/actor/cheerleader has been a challenging, yet exciting experience for me and several of my fellow cast members... and the 32 of us making our Broadway debuts could not be happier!"

"We visited 13 cities on our national tour and are grateful to have a home at the beautiful St. James Theatre here in New York City. Here is a look into a day in the life at the high-flying musical comedy, Bring It On!"



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Ariana Debose, Elle McLemore, Ryann Redmond, me and Janet Krupin pose in the girls' dressing room before the top of act two.
Photo by Courtney Corbeille



The Broadway engagement is the culmination of the national tour of Bring It On, which launched last fall in Los Angeles. Tony-winning In the Heights choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler directs and choreographs the musical, which has musical supervision by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire.

Jeff Whitty, the Tony-winning book writer of Avenue Q, authored the original book for the musical, which is anchored in the world of competitive high school cheerleading.

Bring It On, which is set in rival Truman and Jackson high schools, has music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Kitt's High Fidelity collaborator Amanda Green. All three collaborated on the score for the tuner.

The musical received its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, in early 2011.

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.

Bring It On has scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Brian Ronan, video design by Jeff Sugg and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe.

The stage production is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein and Charlie Lyons, and Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson. Beacon and Universal also produced the "Bring It On" films.

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." 

For tickets visit Telecharge.com or phone (212-239-6200). Visit bringitonmusical.com.