Of course the stars of any show are the people we see on stage. With BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL however, there are some pretty big star names behind the music and production who we don’t get to see perform, but in the case of Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) there is no doubt of his incredible musical talent throughout this fantastic show.
BRING IT ON has been an absolute smash hit on Broadway, although it actually began life as a movie, over ten years ago now. It was sassy and funny and a really big hit, so much so it spawned a handful of sequels. Here’s the opening routine from that original movie to refresh your memory. Watch out for a very young Kirstin Dunst in the line up.
So you get the idea. It’s a cheerleader movie filled with all the back-biting you would expect when a group of young girls start competing against, supposedly better squads. and
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL will take us on that high-flying, energy fuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in an explosive choreography and tricks.
Cheer-loyalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School. But when she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over. But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
We are very excited that Amber Davies will star as ‘Campbell’ alongside Louis Smith as ‘Cameron’ in the UK and Ireland tour. The show has been in the diary once before but was put on hold during the pandemic, we’re thrilled it’s set to return
Welsh girl Amber was a huge hit recently when she starred in the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5. She brought the house down at the WMC in 2019 and we’re sure she’ll do it again here.
Her route into musical theatre is perhaps a little more – unconventional shall we say.
She was a contestant on ITV2’s reality romance show Love Island in 2017. She even turned down a lead role in the musical Hairspray to be on the show. Probably the right thing to do as she actual won the show that year. But we have seen her and trust us, Amber is fan-bloomin-tastic on stage.
Before appearing on Love Island, she said her occupation was as a dancer. She’s also worked as an entertainer as part of London’s circus themed club night Cirque Le Soir – the same saucy club where Love Island’s 2016 winner Cara de la Hoyde performed at before joining the show. We wonder if Ambers selfie below was training for her role in BRING IT ON.
As for Louis, well there’s a man who’s route into showbiz was really unconventional. He’s a gymnast, dancer, singer and – well, you know the rest. He won a bronze medal and two silver medals on the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics respectively with the former marking the first time a British gymnast had placed in an Olympic event since 1928.
Louis has added another title to his trophy cabinet after dancing his way to victory in the final of the 2012 season of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Seriously, can you believe that’s 8 years ago now? 14 million people tuned in to see bookies favourite Louis and his dance partner Flavia Cacace beat Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen to claim the Glitterball Trophy.
Praising the dance, judge Len Goodman said on the night……..
“if this show goes on for another 20 years I don’t think we see another show dance as magical as that”
Louis then joined these guys in a series of successful ‘Rip It Up’ shows which toured and had a stint in London’s West End.
So, we also said that one of the stars we would not be seeing on stage. In fact the entire writing team are huge names in their own right. We’d like to bet that somewhere in your music collections sits a favourite track from the multi-award winning musical Hamilton.
BRING IT ON is produced by Selladoor Productions (Flashdance, Avenue Q) and is written by Tony Award Winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), Tom Kitt (Grease Live) and lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity).
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, which was recently made into a movie, received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
As co-composer of Bring It On The Musical, he received more nominations for the Broadway run (2013 Tony Nomination, Best Musical, 2013 Drama Desk Nomination. Best Lyrics in a Musical). The original Broadway cast recording was released by Sh-K-Boom Records in 2012 and is well worth playing before you head off to see the show.
The Cheer-Tastic BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL gets to the Wales Millennium Centre from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June 2022. Tickets start at £19.50 and you can get yours right here. BRING IT ON.
Here’s Amber taking us on a look behind the scenes of the Bring It On photoshoot.