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April 12, 2012

The cast of BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL has been busy, both on stage and off.  When they’re not cheering, singing and dancing, many of them are doing local press.  Have you spotted any of the cast on TV or read any of their interviews?  Well, I’ve got the entire run-down of press in this one spirit-filled blog post.

Did you know that press starts long before they arrived in Charlotte?  Here’s a round-up of all the advance interviews the cast and creative team gave!

  • Advance Press

Director/Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler talked about his inspiration for directing BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL to the Charlotte Observer‘s Julie Reed.  “Cheerleading is really and truly a sport,” he says. The physical feats are stunning, Blankenbuehler says, but what most surprised him was the emotion behind what cheerleaders do.”  CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

Charlotte Magazine‘s Page Leggett spoke with Librettist Jeff Whitty about his involvement with BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL.  He describes the story as “juicy and fun” and says the “stunts are the incredible gravy on top of this show.”  He also talks about  whether it’s more difficult writing dialogue for puppets (he won a Tony Award for Avenue Q) or teenage cheerleaders.  What did he say?  CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

Adrienne Warren (Danielle) took time from her busy schedule to call Ryanne Persinger from The Charlotte Post to discuss the show.  “It’s a fun musical,” Warren said. “I think one of the great things about it is that people don’t expect to get as emotionally connected to the show as they do.  If you like Avenue Q, Wicked or In the Heights, you’ll love this performance too.”  CLICK HERE  to read the full interview.
The Spartanburg Herald‘s Jeremy Jones spoke with Jason Gotay (Randall) about his role in the entirely original musical.  “Randall is very caring. He takes Campbell under his wing and he cares for her. By the end of the show, she is at the bottom of the barrel. Her friends have turned their backs on her, so Randall comes to the rescue. Helps lift her back up again. He’s very caring and I connect to that part of him. I like to really play that up.”  CLICK HERE to read the full interview.
The Gaston Gazette‘s Bernie Petit spoke with Kate Rockwell (Skylar) about the crowd reaction.  “Folks walk in with a preconceived notion of what the show will be, she said. They usually leave pleasantly surprised. That’s because the musical comedy never takes itself too seriously,” she said.  “We’re dealing with real things and with things that are important in real life, but it’s still light.” CLICK HERE to read the full interview.
  • Opening Night
After the cast arrived in town and delivered a buzz-worthy opening performance (CLICK HERE to see what our Facebook and Twitter fans thought of the show), they made their way to Newk’s Cafe (101 N. Tryon Street) for the cast party.

Cast members relax after the opening night performance of BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Lacy Kell

  • In-Town Press

(L-R) Ariana DeBose, Neil Haskell, Terrance Bates and Tera Blake!

On Wednesday, April 11, Neil Haskell (Steven) and Ariana DeBose (Nautica) visited “FOX News Rising” to talk about their history on “So You Think You Can Dance” and their road to BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL!  They also showed anchors Tera Blake and Terrance Bates a few moves.

What was their coffee choice?  Neil drank an iced coffee with cream and sugar.  Ariana had regular coffee with half and half and sugar!

Did you miss their appearance?  CLICK HERE to watch their interview on “FOX News Rising.”

(L-R) Adrienne Warren, Taylor Louderman, Mike Collins, Gregory Haney.

Once I dropped off Neil and Ariana, I picked up Taylor Louderman (Campbell), Adrienne Warren (Danielle) and Gregory Haney (La Cienega) for a live radio interview on “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins” on WFAE 90.7.  They were joined over the phone by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tom Kitt, who’s a co-composer for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL! Mike Collins said he “loved, loved, loved, loved the musical.”  Now that’s an endorsement!

CLICK HERE to listen to the 30-minute interview.
From here, I met WBTV‘s Kristen Miranda at the Belk Theater where she spoke with dance captain Rod Harrelson (Left) about the cheer choreography in the show!  Her videographer took the stage to catch a few of the professional cheerleaders in action practicing their tumbles and stunts!  Her interview with Rod airs this Saturday, April 14, at around 7 AM.
Finally, Ryann Redmond (Bridget) stopped by WBTV News at 4 for a live interview.  CLICK HERE to watch the interview.  What was her coffee of choice?  She sipped on a Venti iced vanilla latte.
  • Review

The Charlotte Observer‘s Lawrence Toppman said, “BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL has a Broadway-style score, hip hop choreography, and daredevil, without-a-net stunts but the musical comedy is more clever than it needs to be and reflects what America could be.”  CLICK HERE to read his full review.

  • Next Up

Kate Rockwell (Skylar) will be LIVE on WBTV News at Noon on Friday, April 13, at around 12:23 PM.  Tune in.

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is now playing through Sunday, April 15, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCLICK HERE for more information on BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL.

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