Bring It On to close on 30 Dec 2012

The new musical comedy Bring It On: The Musical, which opened at St. James Theatre direct from a 13-city National Tour, has announced it will play its final performance on 30 Dec 2012.

The musical opened at St. James Theatre on 1 Aug 2012, following previews from 12 Jul, and was originally scheduled to play a limited 12 week performance ending on 7 Oct 2012. In Aug the show announced a 15 week extension through to 20 Jan 2013, but this has now been cut short.

Bring It On: The Musical has recently seen its sales drop at the box office. Last week it only only filled the St James Theatre to 56% of its seating capacity.

The show opened to mixed reviews: Featherweight concoction (NY Times); Aimed squarely at teenage girls (Back Stage); Shallow, generic effort (Record) A pert and refreshing summer surprise (Variety).

Bring It On: The Musical features a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music by Tony Award-winning composers Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green (High Fidelity). Diirection and choreography is by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

In Bring It On: The Musical, a cheer-leading squad discovers the frustrations and excitment of extreme competition and high-school politics - and how both can test the bonds of friendship and romance.

The musical is looslely based on the 2000 Universal Pictures teen comedy film, of the same name, directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jessica Bendinger.

The entire cast of the touring production of Bring It On: The Musical continue in their roles on Broadway. Led by newcomer Taylor Louderman as 'Campbell' and Adrienne Warren as 'Danielle,' the cast features Ryann Redmond as 'Bridget,' Elle McLemore as 'Eva,' Jason Gotay as 'Randall,' Ariana DeBose as 'Nautica,' Gregory Haney as 'La Cienega,' Neil Haskell as 'Steven,' Janet Krupin as 'Kylar,' Kate Rockwell as 'Skylar' and Nick Womack as 'Twig,' Calli Alden. Nikki Bohne, Dexter Carr, Shonica Gooden, Haley Hannah, Rod Harrelson, Casey Jamerson, Dominique Johnson, Michael Mindlin, Adrianna Parson and Bettis Richardson.

The cast also features skilled competitive cheerleaders with over 25 national and 50 team titles in gymnastics and choreography. Those members include Antwan Bethea, AJ Blankenship, Danielle Carlacci, Michael Naone-Carter, Courtney Corbeille, Dahlston Delgado, Brooklyn Alexis Freitag, Keith Gross, Melody Mills, David Ranck, Billie Sue Roe, Sheldon Tucker and Lauren Whitt.

The design team includes scenic design David Korins, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The musical is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions/Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications/Armyan Bernstein & Charlie Lyons and Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson Executive Producers.

Bring It On: The Musical premiered in a developmental production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in early 2011 and launched a 13-city tour at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on 30 Oct 2011, which ended in Toronto on 3 Jun 2013.

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