Critical Reaction

Critical Reaction

"It's been a long time since I enjoyed a new musical quite as much as Bring It On [...] With a sassy libretto by Jeff Whitty and a songwriting team that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, and Amanda Green, Blankenbuehler has fashioned a spectacle whose exceptionally high levels of energy keep audiences rooting for the dancers and cheerleaders." - The Huffington Post

"The primary delights in Bring It On are the breathtaking displays of human fireworks that send the show's well-drilled dancers flying skyward, forming towering human pyramids, or tumbling across the stage backward, like electric-powered Slinkys. [...] This is also the only musical I've seen that had me regularly gasping at the human pyrotechnics on display." - The New York Times

"A high-energy stage spectacle with good songs and thrilling gymnastic dance numbers.[...] a completely successful evening of professional-grade musical theater. [...] the songs are catchy, the lyrics are clever, the dialogue is snappy and the performances are impressive." - The News Observer

"Bring It On is true to its movie source and delivers a positive message about the power of friendship and acceptance. The show flashes its spirit with funny one-liners, some jazzy songs, and plenty of high school drama." - Entertainment Weekly

"The show brings a lot to like: A crew of talented Broadway newbies, a blast of infectious feel-good and, most memorably, dazzling dancing and cheering-squad routines [...] [Jeff Whitty] is on his A-game. His script, which shows a keen ear for teen-speak, is topical, toothy and consistently giggle-inducing." - New York Daily News

"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. [...] the rhythmic and harmonic textures created by Kitt, Miranda, and arranger Alex Lacamoire are an unmistakable advance on the pop-Broadway norm. [...] This is indeed stage spectacle with many moving parts, only this time - wonderfully, refreshingly - nearly all of them are human." - Vulture