Bring It On: Theater Review - Score: 8
From: Hollywood Reporter By: David Rooney Publication Date: 08/01/2012
Is the show destined for a place in the musical-theater pantheon? Unlikely. But it scores points by reinventing rather than replicating the source material, sampling from a tasty selection of pop-cultural favorites. And the sheer athleticism of the event numbers – with whirling cheerleaders catapulted into the air and then caught in gasp-inducing basket tosses – provides enough genuine thrills to compensate for the stop-start storytelling. When the girls are airborne, the show soars.
'Bring It On' review: Musical leaps high - Score: 8
From: Newsday By: Linda Winer Publication Date: 08/01/2012
This is a harmless entertainment, at least for the audience, cheerfully put together by such offbeat Tony winners as writer Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q") composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights") and composer Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal"). But for all the positive messages and appealing contributions from these new-generation pedigrees, the hero of the show must surely be director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler ("In the Heights"), who turned theater-trained singers and dancers into confident acrobats and real-life competitive cheerleaders into believable characters.
Theater Review: The Unexpected Charms of Bring It On: The Musical - Score: 8
From: Vulture By: Scott Brown Publication Date: 08/01/2012
I braced, I flinched, and then, to my surprise and delight ... I applauded. Repeatedly. Bring It On certainly gives fierce face, but it also backs up that glittering grill with just enough sinew and substance — musical, physical and textual — to put it in trophy contention as a worthy, weightless delight, a guilty pleasure you needn't feel too guilty about.
High School Rivalry, With a Leg Up - Score: 7
From: New York Times By: Charles Isherwood Publication Date: 08/01/2012
While it has its moments of memorable wit and some appealing rhythmic Broadway-pop songs, “Bring It On” is by no means in the same league as those musicals [Next to Normal, In the Heights, Avenue Q], and has the feel of a daffy lark embarked upon as a summer-vacation goof…It’s when the cast members drop the bonding and the mean-girl bitching to take part in Mr. Blankenbuehler’s exciting cheerleading routines, arranging themselves into dazzling human starbursts, that “Bring It On” really brings something fresh to the ever-expanding roster of shows aimed at the teenage demographic.
'Bring It On' The Musical Is Surprisingly Good Without Being Great - Score: 7
From: Associated Press By: Mark Kennedy Publication Date: 08/01/2012
heerleaders got crushed last season on Broadway when "Lysistrata Jones" hit the mat hard and never recovered. But "Bring It On: The Musical" has more – more athletics, more songs, more dazzle, more interesting characters. Someone may just need to regularly count the cheerleaders.
NY Review: 'Bring It On: The Musical' - Score: 7
From: Backstage By: Erik Haagensen Publication Date: 08/01/2012
"Bring It On: The Musical" aspires to be nothing more than a frothy distraction with just a hint of that time-honored moral "Winning isn't everything." This wisp of cotton candy about a high school cheerleading competition is "inspired" by the Universal Pictures film franchise of the same title. Aimed squarely at teenage girls and designed to tour the country, the show would probably feel more at home at Madison Square Garden than on the stage of the St. James Theatre.
Bring It On: The Musical - Score: 7
From: Variety By: Steve Suskin Publication Date: 08/01/2012
Neither roses nor brickbats are likely to be thrown at "Bring It On," the new musical at the St. James, but you'll see plenty of cheerleaders tossed up high. With a story drawn not from the 2000 film starring Kirsten Dunst, but rather from one of its four direct-to-video sequels, the tuner remains airborne often enough to overcome several obstacles along the way, starting with overly familiar plotting and characters. Strong performances from a personable cast, athletically impressive staging and an engaging score combine to make "Bring It On" a pert and refreshing summer surprise.
Theater Review: 'Bring It On: The Musical' -- 3.5 stars - Score: 7
From: amNY By: Matt Windman Publication Date: 08/01/2012
This new musical inspired by the 2000 Kirsten Dunst film about competitive high school cheerleaders...is obviously more likely to appeal to teens weaned on "High School Musical" and "Glee" than the majority of adult theatergoers. As you'd expect, it features unbelievable displays of acrobatics and gymnastic abilities, including but not limited to young girls being flipped high in the air. But it also proves to be a surprisingly well-crafted, highly enjoyable, feel-good musical with appealing characters, catchy R&B and rap songs, fierce hip-hop choreography and very funny dialogue packed with social media jokes.
‘Bring It On’ Broadway Review - Score: 7
From: Faster Times By: Jonathan Mandell Publication Date: 08/01/2012
The first surprise of “Bring It On The Musical"...is that people as awesome as Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt were drawn to remake a largely forgettable film that spawned four direct-to-video sequels. Is Broadway really the obvious next step in this commercial franchise?...Questions of audience aside, was it a mistake for these young theatrical talents, who I feel hold the future of Broadway in their hands, to collaborate on such a trifle? It would be un-cheerleader-like of me to say so. It is better to think of it as their summer vacation. And that’s the second surprise: “Bring It On The Musical,” though overly long and inevitably formulaic, works as a kind of summer entertainment, by building on the strengths of the original movie, and avoiding some of its flaws.
Broadway review: ‘Bring It On' - Score: 6
From: Philadelphia Inquirer By: Howard Shapiro Publication Date: 08/01/2012
..."Bring It On" is basically inconsequential. I know that cheerleaders and their nearest will disagree, but for most of us, a story about kids from an urban high school vying for a national cheerleading title against kids from a privileged one is not such a compelling issue, even with helpings of intrigue. At intermission, I was thinking, gee, the dancing is fabulous and the cast, outstanding, but I don't frankly care if these characters live or die. By the end of the show, at least I was curious about how the whole thing would turn out. You can't go too far wrong with a Rocky story done well, but we've been bombarded with so many, a new one has to be inventive to be anything more than routine. "Bring It On" is neither...The dancing is the single element that electrifies "Bring It On," pushing its demands on the cast to the very edge.
Theater review: ‘Bring It On: The Musical’ - Score: 6
From: NY Daily News By: Joe Dziemianowicz Publication Date: 08/01/2012
“Bring It On” doesn’t break new ground, but it kept me smiling. Sometimes pretty silly — and very acrobatic — is enough.
Bring It On: The Musical! My Review - Score: 6
From: Village Voice By: Michael Musto Publication Date: 08/01/2012
Director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler's staging throws s-p-i-r-i-t in your face, with lots of people lifting other people at regular intervals. And the plot--complete with an obligatory she-messed-up twist--has draggy stretches, but when the humor clicks, it brings on spoofy amusement.
Olympians Would Tumble for Teens of ‘Bring It On’: Review - Score: 6
From: Bloomberg By: Jeremy Gerard Publication Date: 08/01/2012
“Bring It On” is an unself-consciously dopey, feel-good show, based on the 2000 movie about cheerleaders, a sanitized pep rally that provides the audience with eye-candy and an unassailable feel-good message, while paying union wages to a mixed company of Broadway hoofers and seasoned athletes.