Loosely inspired by the franchise of flicks that started in 2000 with the Kirsten Dunst comedy of the same name, the musical finds its magic in epic physicality, indelible characters and a genre-dancing score.
When Campbell - the popular, pre-ordained cheer captain of upper-crust Truman High - is mysteriously redistricted to the urban-flavored Jackson High (which doesn't even have a cheerleading squad), she has to win the confidence of her new set. Jackson's crew is led by the saucy Danielle and a posse that includes the cross-dressing La Cienega.
In her banishment, Campbell leaves behind the wonderfully vacuous and rather wicked Skylar and the upstart Eva, who has tearfully confessed her adulation of Campbell. And she takes with her the pudgy parrot-head mascot Bridget, who catches the eye of geeky rap boy Twig. As the plot unspools, we learn that sweet little Eva isn't what she appeared to be.
With the four competing stories of Campbell, Danielle, Eva and Bridget (plus their romantic journeys), the tale gets a little cluttered and spends a bit too much time at cheer camp. That said, it also finds great comedic payoff in its pompom tangle of clashing cultures. Not surprisingly, it's the Jackson underdogs who have all the heart and spirit.
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