Bring It On: The Musical | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Bring It On: The Musical Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 25 2012

Adapted from the sassy 2000 movie about the misadventures of a privileged but charming suburban cheerleading squad trying to make it to nationals, this musical version is not campy enough to pass for a send-up, and not sincere enough, or faithful enough to the spirit of the original, to count as an homage. The libretto by Jeff Whitty (of Avenue Q fame) strays considerably from the original story, weaving in elements from other movies, notably Hairspray and All About Eve), and the score—music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and Miranda—is clever and energetic, and moves the story forward, without actually being memorable. Still this two-and-a-half hour show is packed with amazing, high-flying cheerleading stunts and a cast full of talented, triple-threats who make it all work. Kate Rockwell and Elle McLemore are particularly killing as a vain Queen Bee squad leader and a backstabbing Eve-like weasel.

Price: $18-$85


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