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Get ready to be mesmerized
Bring It On The Musical is inspired by the hit movie of the same name and is playing for a limited season at The Athenaeum in Melbourne until the 16 June. The spectacular musical has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical and is packed with energetic cheerleading routines and a soundtrack to match.
From the creative minds of Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Bring It On goes for over two hours and is filled with exhilarating aerial stunts performed by world-class cheerleaders. Cheerleading coach Natalie Commons, who has represented Australia at the International Cheer Union guides the team of professional cheerleaders.
Now playing at The Athenaeum Theatre
The story centres on Truman High School's head cheerleader Campbell, played by Nadia Komazec (Legally Blonde, Matilda). Due to redistricting, Campbell has to leave Truman and head to Jackson High School: a seedy local school. As time wears on Campbell finds out her old squad member Eva, played by Karla Tonkich, is responsible for her being sent to another school. Eva desperately wanted the prized position of head coach and put her devious plan into place.
When Campbell finds out she plans to take Truman down at the National Championships and befriends the Jackson dance crew girls. Campbell and Danielle (Elandrah Feo), the leader of the Jackson crew band together in efforts to topple Truman High at the National Championships. Interwoven in the story is the importance of loyalty and friendship, things that Campbell struggles with. Komazec is sweet as Campbell and although her character is flawed, Komazec wins you over. Newcomer to the musical scene, Feo was a stand-out performer and the audience clearly loved her sassy nature. The dynamic between the duo felt natural and they easily drew me into their world.
Intoxicating aerial stunts
The remaining principal roles were performed by Hollie James as Kyla, Emily Thompson as Skylar, Connor Sweeney as Steven, Nicola Bowman as Bridget, Ashley Roussety as Cameron, Marty Alix as La Cieniga, Samantha Bruzzese as Nautica, Thomas McGuane as Randall and Tarik Frimpong as Twig.
The love story that builds between Bridget and Twig is refreshing and helped to add humility to the show. Bowman's voice radiated beautifully throughout the theatre and Frimpong's dance moves were en pointe.
Special mention goes to choreographer Michael Ralph (Georgy Girl, Loving Repeating) for his ability to light up the stage with incredible acts that perfectly demonstrate the cheerleaders' and dancers' agility and prowess. The ensemble was phenomenal and helped to bring the magic of its silver screen counterpart live on stage. Overall, it's an outstanding musical that keeps the momentum going to the very end.