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'Legally Blonde: The Musical' Paints the Town Pink

July 16, 2013

YellowBrix

Get ready to paint the town pink when Stages St. Louis brings "Legally Blonde, The Musical" to the Robert G. Reim Theatre July 19 through Aug. 18.

Elle Woods' life is perfect. She is beautiful, popular, the president of her sorority and dating the handsome future lawyer Warner Huntington III. Everything is wonderful -- until she gets dumped.

It seems being blonde and beautiful just isn't "serious" enough for Warner's East Coast aspirations. For the first time in her life, being blonde isn't more fun. That is, until she decides she won't take no for an answer and hatches a plan to follow Warner all the way to Harvard winning over critics in her own glamorous way.

Like a glass of pink champagne, "Legally Blonde, The Musical" is fizzing with witty humor, romance and lots of fun. This lighthearted show makes for a perfect date night or girls' night out.

Michelle London will step into Elle Wood's heels to make her Stages debut. The Southern California native is perfectly cast as the bubbly blonde Elle right down to her 4-pound Chihuahua named Buddy.

London is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. She was the Glinda understudy in the Chicago company of "WICKED" and spent four years touring in various companies of "WICKED" playing the role of Nessarose. Her other credits include Sandy in "Grease," Laurey in "Oklahoma!," Cossette in "Les Miserables," and Eliza in "My Fair Lady." London's television credits include HBO's "Arli$$" and "Drake and Josh" on Nickelodeon.

St. Louis favorite Ben Nordstrom will return to Stages as Elle's assistant professor and love interest Emmett Forrest. Nordstrom was last seen in Stages' 2010 production of "Promises, Promises." His other credits include "Title of Show," "Next Fall," "Big River," "Footloose," "Boeing, Boeing" and "Amadeus."

David Schmittou returns to Stages for his 14th season to play the role of smarmy Professor Callahan. Schmittou most recently was seen in Stages' 2012 production of "The Sound of Music." His other credits include "The 39 Steps," "Complete Works of William Shakespeare," "Sweet Charity," "Doubt," and "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Broadway actress Heather Jane Rolff will play Paulette, Elle's hilarious manicurist and new BFF.

Rolff was last seen in the Stages 2007 production of "The Full Monty," with additional credits including the Broadway production of "Shrek the Musical," and the National Tour of the 25th Anniversary of "Les Miserables."

"Legally Blonde, The Musical" premiered in San Francisco in 2007 and made its Broadway debut that year. Following its West End debut, the show went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The Tony-nominated score features the hilarious "Omigod You Guys," the sassy "Bend and Snap" and the catchy "Legally Blonde."

"Legally Blonde" began as a novel written by Amanda Brown based on her experiences studying law. In 2001, MGM released the Golden Globe nominated film version starring Reese Witherspoon. The film became a huge success, and spawned a sequel in 2003, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" once again starring Reese Witherspoon along with Sally Field.

Stages St. Louis Artistic Director Michael Hamilton will direct with musical direction by Lisa Campbell Albert and choreography by Rusty Mowery. Completing the creative team are Scenic Designer James Wolk, Costume Designer Lou Bird, Lighting Designer Matthew McCarthy and Orchestral Designer Stuart M. Elmore.

"Legally Blonde, The Musical" runs July 19 through Aug. 18 at the Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 S. Geyer Road.

Single ticket prices range from $20 to $55.

For performance dates and times or to book tickets, call (314) 821-2407 or visit www.stagesstlouis.org.

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