Tag: Andy Blankenbuehler
At DPAC, “Bring It On” Pits a Suburban Squad Against an Inner-City Crew for Cheerleading’s Highest Honor
“Bring It On: The Musical,” currently playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, takes its title but very little else from the 2000 teenage comedy “Bring It On.” In fact, the main plot line of Bring It On: The Musical has more in common with film director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s backstage drama “All About Eve” (1950), in which an ingénue named Eve (played by Anne Baxter) worms her way into the affections of an Broadway star named Margo (portrayed by Bette Davis), only to turn out to be the snake in that particular Garden of Eden.
On April 17-22, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present “Bring It On: The Musical,” an up-close-and-personal behind-the-scenes look at the world of competitive cheerleading as dramatized on the silver screen in the teenage comedy “Bring It On” (2000).
A high-octane national tour, with exuberant musical staging by director Thomas Kail and choreographer by Andy Blankenbuehler and zesty accompaniment by music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and cohorts, hits on all cylinders as it celebrates the Latino immigrant experience in the Washington Heights section of New York City.
“In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.