A musical adaptation of cult film But I’m a Cheerleader is to run in London in 2022.
The musical version of the 1999 movie was previously workshopped in 2019 as part of MTFestUK.
The show’s first fully staged production will run at the Turbine Theatre from 18 February to 16 April.
Bringing the movie to the stage are a creative team made up of Bill Augustin (Book and Lyrics), Andrew Abrams (Music), Tania Azevedo (Director), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Choreographer) and Martha Godfrey (Lighting).
Casting is to be announced.
But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is the story of Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who has the perfect life. That is, until she finds out her friends and family suspect her of being a lesbian and send her packing to ‘True Directions,’ a rehabilitation camp to set her straight.
It is at this camp, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown that Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who shows her exactly what her ‘true direction’ is. Hilarious, irreverent and full of heart, But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is a quirky coming-of-age comedy about sexual awakening and self-realization.
Tickets are on sale now from the Turbine Theatre website.
Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of the Turbine Theatre, said: “The premiere of But, I’m a Cheerleader at The Turbine Theatre is special for many reasons. Firstly, it is the first fully produced musical that I will stage that started life at our first MTFestUK 3 years ago. This is our annual festival that shines the spotlight on the development and creation of musicals. Secondly, it will also be the first brand-new musical to premiere at The Turbine which was always our driving ambition at the theatre.
“The musical explores themes around conversion therapy and coming out and the complications some teenagers face trying to be their authentic selves. Conversion therapy is still legal in the UK and most of America and is very much still in play.
“This important work feels absolutely in line with the type of stories that we want to tell at The Turbine and I couldn’t be prouder that we are able to present this as our first musical of 2022. I’m delighted to welcome Tania Azevedo, Alexzandra Sarmiento and Martha Godfrey to the project to bring this important story to life.”