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Bring It On takes cheerleading musical success on tour to Downtown Jacksonville

Bailey Purvis as Skylar and Mia Weinberger as Kylar in "Bring It On: The Musical."
Clint Tuccio
Bailey Purvis as Skylar in "Bring It On: The Musical."
Clint Tuccio
"Bring It On: The Musical"
Clint Tuccio
"Bring It On: The Musical"
Clint Tuccio
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7:30 p.m. April 1

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown

442-2929

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After the initial success of the movie “Bring It On,” filmmakers did what they do best: Made a lot of lame sequels. The first one was “Bring It On Again,” and somehow they made three more after that.

Then, Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty had another idea, transforming the original movie script into a musical. That’s when the magic happened and made it on Broadway.

“Bring It On: The Musical” is about the bonds formed from two rival high school cheerleading squads. It is loosely based on the 2000 original “Bring It On” starring Kirsten Dunst.

Much like fried chicken and waffles, cheerleading and musicals seemed an unusual mix, but they won critics over. The Broadway musical scored Tony Award nominations for best musical and best choreography.

The show has a particularly diverse cast with some real-life cheerleaders who have very little experience in theater and others who have never cheered before this show.

“Everyone had their strengths and everyone had their weaknesses,” actress Mia Weinberger says. “So everyone helped each other out and that’s what really made it seem like a team effort.”

Weinberger has been singing, dancing and performing for most of her life. She’s starred as “Legally Blonde,” “Berenstain Bears LIVE!” and “Wizard of Oz.” In “Bring It On,” she’s currently playing Kylar, a ditsy character with a heart of gold.

Weinberger admits that she can be a little ditsy at times herself, “I like to call them my Kylar moments.”

“Between the music and the choreography, I just think there’s a lot to offer. And everyone can find something they love in it,” Weinberger says.

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