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OMG BROADWAY’S HIT LEGALLY BLONDE COMES TO THE BIG D

By Lynn Marie

Feeling a little blue?  Need a senseless distraction full of bubblegum and more force than a case of Red bull?  Well the Music Hall at Fair Park has just the ticket.  Legally Blonde is the answer.

Fans of the MTV reality show Legally Blonde The Musical:  The Search for Elle Woods, will recognize two familiar faces in the tour casting:  Third runner-up Rhiannon Hansen plays Elle’s best friend Margot and fourth runner-up Lauren Zakrin is an ensemble member and understudies the role of Elle.

The reality show represented the musical’s second venture with MTV.  In the fall of 2007, MTV aired Legally Blonde The Musical in its entirely to stellar ratings and was subsequently nominated for two 2007-2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

The Original Broadway Cast Recordings for Legally Blonde The Musical was released on Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records, and captured the #1 slot on the Billboard Cast Album chart and charted at #86 on the Billboard Top 200.  The album has continued its success, charting every week as one of the top-selling Broadway cast recordings and soared to the Top 10 albums (of any genre) on iTunes once the show premiered on MTV.

As on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell is the director and choreographer.  Music and lyrics are by both Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach.  The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

You’ll be genuinely inspired over the ditsy commotion with a deeper message;   that believing in yourself and having intriegy in everything you do is the most important.  Despite being a spoiled, fabulous looking Malibu girl, Elle Woods – the lead character played by Becky Gulsvig – decides to apply to Harvard Law School in a frantic attempt to win her superficial  boyfriend Warner – played by Jeff McLean—back.  She gets in through hard work and will power, as well as the eccentric disturbance by herself and the cheer leading squad, which eventually seals the deal on her favorable reception. 

Yet, Woods still doesn’t’ come close to winning back her heart-throb, who has already found a more “serious” suitor in Vivienne – played by Megan Lewis.

This is where the plot thickens, as Woods’ character remains at Harvard, instead of instantly leaving to go home and back to a life of little worry and a lot of excitement.  She pushes on with the full force that hardcore shoppers posses when they burst through department store doors on Black Friday.  Her energy doesn’t go unnoticed and ultimately she accomplishes much more than she bargains for.

Although Gulsvig’s voice is not as powerful as the original Elle Wood’s on Broadway, (Laura Bell-Bundy) she does do a marvelous job.  Each character brings their own unique style to the performance.  From scatter brained girlfriends and salon drama queens to the more buckled-down law students and even two well trained dogs (a Chihuahua and bull dog).  You will be saying Omigod, omigod, you guys! – long after the show is over.

Tickets for Legally Blonde The Musical are on sale now at the Box office, 542 Preston Road Shopping Center and all Ticketmaster locations including The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street.  Tickets range in price from $15-$85.  To Charge-By-Phone, call Ticketmaster at 214-631-ARTS or purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Groups of 15 or more should call 214-426-GROUP.   The show runs through Sunday, August 2nd.

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