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Legally Blonde | 4.8.10 - 4.11.10

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Not every musical comes complete with an animal trainer but Legally Blonde is not your average musical.

If you didn’t get enough of Legally Blonde when it played the Fox last year, you can catch it again this April 8 through 11 where it is being presented in conjunction with the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual Kid’s Night on Broadway.

Based on the 2001 film of the same name, Legally Blonde is the coming-of-age story of Elle Woods. When we first meet Elle she’s president of the Delta Nu sorority and happily planning her future life with her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. Then Warner throws a wrench in the gearbox: he’s heading to Harvard Law in the fall and no longer considers the fabulous-in-pink Elle serious enough to be his arm candy, let alone anything of a more permanent nature. 

What’s a girl to do? Breach of promise lawsuits have gone out of fashion so Elle decides she’ll show Warner what serious really means. She hits the books and applies to Harvard Law herself, an unprecedented move for a Delta Nu girl, and one motivated in her case exclusively by the desire to get her old squeeze back. She’s accepted but upon arrival at the hallowed halls of Harvard finds that not only has Warner taken up with a new girlfriend but her classmates are determined to judge her on her looks rather than her brains. Unprecedented in the history of the female sex, I know, but you just have to suspend disbelief and go with the story here.

With a little help from her friends, including a real-life Greek chorus, Elle figures out how the game is played and, more importantly for all you teenage girls (or the parents of teenage girls), finds out who she really is, what she wants to do, and how disastrously close she came to selling herself short for the rest of her life.

Legally Blonde earned seven Tony nominations in 2007, including Best Book of a Musical (Heather Hach), Best Original Score (Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) and Best Choreography (Webster University alumnus Jerry Mitchell).  The touring cast includes Becky Gulsvig as Elle (understudy of Elle in the original Broadway cast), Rhiannon Hansen (featured on the MTV Reality Show “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods”) as Elle’s best friend Margot, Jeff McLean as Warner and Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert as Professor Callahan (who kicks Elle out of class for being unprepared).

If you’ve ever seen a poster for this show will have noticed the prominent place granted to Elle’s canine companion Bruiser. Not every musical comes complete with an animal trainer (William Berloni, who also trained the original Sandy in Annie) and two pooches who have their own understudies, but then Legally Blonde is not your average musical. Bruiser is played by the year-old Frankie and understudied by Roxie while the secondary canine role of Rufus is played by Nellie and understudied by Lewis.

The national touring company of Legally Blonde will perform at the Fox Theatre on April 9-11, with performances at 8 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 pm on Sunday. Ticket information is available from www.fabulousfox.com, at the Fox box office, or from Metrotix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111. Group orders of 20 or more may be placed by calling 314-535-2900. You can learn more about the show and see a video preview at http://tour.legallyblondethemusical.com. | Sarah Boslaugh


 

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