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Go grab your favorite pink cardigan, because Elle Woods is making your backyard her summer home.
The historic Athens Theatre is tickled pink to open their 2014-2015 theatrical season with "Legally Blonde: The Musical" Aug. 1-17.
Living in an age when, finally, women are equally proud to be powder puffs or powerhouses, "Legally Blonde" is a musical celebration of all this wrapped up in a bedazzled pink package of singing and dancing perfection.
Shaped from the Golden Globe nominated 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, "Legally Blonde: The Musical" originally opened on Broadway in 2007 at the Palace Theatre in New York, and has since gained international fame and numerous award nominations, making it one of the most popular modern musicals and attracting audiences of all ages.
This up-beat show follows the story of sorority gal Elle Woods as she makes her way from the sunny coasts of California to the ivy laden buildings and book-lined halls of Harvard Law.
The show, helmed by director Trevor Southworth, choreographer Kim Ball, and music director Chris Endsley, is aiming to be a summer production like no other.
Heading up the cast as Elle Woods is Renee Monico, who has been in multiple national tours, including "Urinetown," "Ragtime," "Les Miserables," and "Children of Eden." Other cast members are DaVid McCarthy as Emmett, Erik Perry as Warner Huntington III, Keelyn Mitchell as Paulette and Alan Ware as Professor Callahan.
Poodle & Pooch Rescue are supplying two Chihuahuas to play Bruiser (Butters, a rescue from Poodle and Pooch, and Bruiser Davidow), and an English bulldog to play Rufus (Jake Perry). Prior to the performance on Aug. 9, Poodle and Pooch will host a "Legally Blonde Adopt-a-thon" in front of the Athens.
"Legally Blonde" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.
All tickets are between $10 and $27. For tickets or more information, visit AthensDeLand.com, go by The Elusive Grape or call (386) 736-1500.
Box Office hours are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and one hour before performances.