Musical 'Bring It On' opens at Van Wezel in Sarasota

Some of Broadway's best created frothy musical based on 2000 Dunst film

March 27, 2014 

"Bring It On." PUBLICITY PHOTO

JUSTIN ADAMS

There hasn't been a lot of buzz about "Bring It On: The Musical," the three-year-old musical based on the 2000 Kirsten Dunst film about high school cheerleaders. It stopped on Broadway for only a limited engagement, and its first national tour lasted just seven months.

But what buzz the show has generated has been almost completely positive. Critics and audiences have roundly praised the show for its energy, characters, choreography and songs.

It's coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota for one show April 2.

The Sarasota stop is part of an international non-Equity tour that began in January.

The creative team behind the show has phenomenal credentials. Book writer Jeff Whitty won a Tony Award for "Avenue Q," the composers are Tom Kitt (who won a Pulitzer Prize for "Next to Normal") and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who wrote the songs for "In the Heights") and lyricist Amanda Green, the daughter of Broadway great Adolph Green, is an emerging star in musical theater and country music.

Few people so far seem to think "Bring It On" is worthy of the kind of acclaim heaped upon "Avenue Q" and "Next the Normal," but almost everyone who has seen it reports that it's a thoroughly entertaining trifle.

Details: 8 p.m. April 2, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $45-$75. Information: 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.

-- Marty Clear

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