Surprise for cast of Bring it On


Monday 3 September 2018


Musicals - Off-West End - Shows

The cast of the British Theatre Academy's acclaimed production of 'Bring it On' got a big surprise on Saturday when Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the final show of their sold-out season.
Lin-Manuel Miranda chatting to cast of Bring It On

Lin-Manuel Miranda chatting to cast of Bring It On - photo by Eliza Wilmot


What better way to punctuate a highly successful run than to have the famous composer of the show fetch-up and watch the final performance?


Well, that's exactly what happened on the final night of the British Theatre Academy's sold-out run of Biring It On at Southwark Playhouse, when Lin-Manuel Miranda - best known these days as author and composer of the hugely successful Hamilton - surprised the young cast by watching their final show.


Talking to the cast afterwards, he told them:


"You did an amazing job, it's a very challenging show.


I'm so proud and this was so wonderful.


You made my wife cry!


I came all the way from Cardiff, I wouldn't have missed it!


It was awesome.


It was the first time I've seen it since 2013 and it just all came flooding back to me."


Here's Mr Miranda with the cast ...

Cast of Bring it On with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Cast of Bring it On with Lin-Manuel Miranda - photo by Eliza Wilmot


'Bring It On' takes audiences on a high-flying journey that touches on themes of friendship and acceptance.


The show features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award winning composer, Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Broadway lyricist, Amanda Green (High Fidelity).


You can read ActDrop's 4 star review of the BTA production here.


Matthew Chandler, Founder of the BTA and season producer, said ...


"What an incredible night!


We certainly couldn't have asked for a more amazing way to cap off the summer season and end the spectacular run of 'Bring It On'".


The BTA revealed that a total of 12,350 people have watched 'Bring It On' and Goodnight Mister Tom' at Southwark Playhose and 'Spring Awakening' and 'Little Women' at Stockwell Playhouse.


And due to the success of the season, The British Theatre Academy is offering free theatre training to over 1,000 new young performers this year.


About the company


The British Theatre Academy was set up to give talented young people the opportunity to perform in top venues nationwide for free.


Over the past three years the company earned rave reviews for productions of 'Annie Jr', 'The Secret Garden', 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' and '13 - The Musical' in the West End.


In May 2017, the BTA staged a scintillating concert performance of Broadway musical 'The Color Purple', starring Marisha Wallace (Effie in 'Dreamgirls') alongside members of the BTA.


If you're interested in auditioning for the BTA 2019 summer season (or know someone who is) there's a registration form on the BTA's website.


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