In the musical, cheerleaders from two schools are competing against each other, one from a more privileged school and the other, not. The cheerleading is complete with some of those risky stunts that dazzled Whitty. "There's a huge emphasis on safety," he says. "They run every single stunt before the show as a sort of warmup. Yes, it's definitely risky, but as I've learned over my years in theater, every show is risky. In Avenue Q we had two sprained ankles in our original run."
While there's a real respect for the athletic ability the cheerleaders show onstage, that's not to say the treatment in the musical is totally reverent. "We do put a pin in it now and then," he said. "In Bring It On, one of the characters is transgender, and it's been a complete joy writing this character and watching the audience's experience of her because I never discuss it in the show. It's not a point or a political statement; she is just sort of there with everybody else. And the audience responds very very strongly and warmly to her." 8 p.m. January 24. Through February 5. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For a complete schedule, call 713‑558‑8887 or visit www.tuts.com. $24. to $107.50.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 24. Continues through Feb. 5, 2012