Bring it On, the 2000 cheerleader flick starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, is planning to make its musical debut. With the economy tanking and respected musicals such as Hairspray and Young Frankenstein closing its doors a while back, is this what the Great White Way might bring to the audience?
Currently still in pre-production, the roster already boasts Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), Tom Kitt as the composer, and Amanda Green as the lyricist. Although there are no concrete plans yet about bringing it on to Broadway, it will be touring starting 2011.
Musical adaptations of Disney movies such as the Lion King and Mary Poppins made sense since they were already a movie musical in itself. But adding songs and choreography to a movie about two cheer teams competing against one another? Will it release satisfied endorphins from the audience? Will we be cheering on the cheerleaders with a glint of a tear while they hit that high note while on top of the pyramid? With the success of Shrek being adapted onto Broadway, who knows what we can expect? One thing’s for sure, I expect to see some serious spirit fingers.
When life becomes a musical you have to wonder what’s going on?