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“Bring It On: The Musical” Launches National Tour At The Ahmanson

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(credit: Craig Schwartz/Center Theatre Group)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Fans of cheerleading, hip-hop music, and high school comedies have a reason to cheer as “Bring It On: The Musical” makes its debut with the Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The plot follows the Truman High School cheer captain’s heir apparent, whose world is upended just before the national championships. Its backdrop combines the world of competitive cheerleading and cutthroat high school politics, with a little bit of over-the-top high school rivalry thrown in for good measure.

Tony-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for writing and starring in Broadway’s “In The Heights” provided music and lyrics for the stage play. Others behind the production include Tony winner Jeff Whitty of “Avenue Q,” and Amanda Green of “High Fidelity.”

“I am excited about this project because it brings together artists who have helped expand the Broadway musical into the world of rock, hip-hop, and even puppetry for that matter,” said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie.

The ensemble cast features “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist Neil Haskell, as well as some of the nation’s top competitive cheerleaders and gymnasts.

Thursday’s opening performance brought out celebrities like Glee’s Max Adler, Ashley Fink, Rick Fox, and Eliza Dushku, who starred in the Universal Pictures film, “Bring It On.”

Tickets are available online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or at the Ahmanson box office. Performances run through Dec. 10.

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