THE SCREENING ROOM: Playbill Video Joins Broadway Newcomer Ariana DeBose on Bring It On's Opening Night (Video)
By Michael Gioia
As the high-flying new musical Bring It On prepared to basket-toss its way onto Broadway, cast member Ariana DeBose ("So You Think You Can Dance"), who plays Danielle's Jackson High sidekick Nautica, takes Playbill Video through the day leading up to her Broadway debut.
Here, in the first part of the Playbill Video exclusive documenting Bring It On's record-breaking 32 Broadway debuts, we join DeBose on Aug. 1 — opening night of the new Broadway musical — as she makes her way to the St. James Theatre for a final rehearsal before the show's big night on Broadway. Follow her route from her uptown home to her midtown theatre.
DeBose is joined by Adrienne Warren as Danielle, Ryann Redmond as Bridget, Taylor Louderman as Campbell, Jason Gotay as Randall, Elle McLemore as Eva, 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.
Also in the cast are Calli Alden, Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, Dominique Johnson, Michael Mindlin, Adrianna Parson, Bettis Richardson, Antwan Bethea, Danielle Carlacci, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Dahlston Delgado, Brooklyn Freitag, Melody Mills, David Ranck, Billie Sue Roe, Sheldon Tucker, AJ Blankenship and Lauren Whitt.
In Bring It On: The Musical, according to producers, "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."
Watch Part 1 of DeBose's Bring It On Broadway debut:
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