Finally, the greatest opening scene in cinema history comes to Broadway! Producers announced today that Bring It On: The Musical, a stage adaptation inspired by the 2000 Kirsten Dunst film about class struggles in competitive cheerleading, will play a limited engagement from July through October at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.
The stunt-filled show — which began a North American tour in October 2011 in Los Angeles and is currently playing in Toronto through June — features an all-star creative team, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Amanda Green (High Fidelity), a book by Avenue Q writer Jeff Whitty, and direction/choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). EW’s Tanner Stransky reviewed the L.A. production last year and awarded the show a solid B+ (which is in the same ballpark of other teen-queen stage shows like Legally Blonde and Lysistrata Jones).
Off of this cheertastic news is the realization that whether you like it or not, Hollywood is slowly but steadily taking over musical theater. Really, the silver-screen/stage annex has been happening for decades, but in recent seasons the trend has appeared to skyrocket. Next year, there will be nearly a dozen movies-turned-musicals playing Broadway, with this year’s crop of Tony Awards nominees already including names like Newsies (I’ve seen that movie!), Once (I’ve heard of that movie!) and Leap of Faith (That’s a movie?).
Over the next two seasons, the following films are slated to receive musical adaptations: Animal House, Finding Neverland, The Jungle Book, The Bodyguard, American Psycho, Flashdance, Hands on a Hardbody, Diner, Honeymoon in Vegas, Kinky Boots, Rebecca, and Ever After. This doesn’t include the off Broadway success of musical parodies of Silence of the Lambs and Twilight, nor does it mention the stage version of The Exorcist (which isn’t a musical, but is still the weirdest bit of stage news you’ll hear this year). And if that doesn’t scare you, consider the next step in the process as demonstrated by shows like Hairspray and The Producers: movies turned musicals turned back into movies!