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Bring it On: The Musical

photo courtesy of Harris Center for the Arts

Is there any cheer in the history of cheers better than the one from opening scene of Bring It On?

No, my friends, there is not:

“I'm sexy, I'm cute! I'm popular to boot! / I'm bitchin', great hair! The boys all love to stare! / I'm wanted, I'm hot! I'm everything you're not! / I'm pretty, I'm cool! I dominate this school!”

The original 2000 flick, which starred Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, spawned four direct-to-DVD sequels and, in 2011, a stage show based loosely on the original.

Bring It On: The Musical, which will be performed at the Harris Center for the Arts from Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, employs backflips, human pyramids and catchy cheers to tell the story of two rival cheerleading squads that go pom-pom to pom-pom for a national title.

In other words, expect lots of cattiness, snark and flippy short skirts.

But it's not just teen-angst lite. The story also explores themes of female friendship and empowerment. And, written by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), it's received rave reviews as well as Tony Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Choreography.

But again, yeah, cattiness, snark and flippy short skirts. That's definitely something to cheer about.

Tickets cost $45-$75, and showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; (916) 608-6888;