Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Coming Of Age: Legally Blonde Opens In San Francisco

Coming Of Age: Legally Blonde Opens In San Francisco

Tonight marks the world premiere opening for the Broadway-bound musical Legally Blonde in San Francisco. The tuner is based on the popular 2001 film comedy of the same name.

What's particularly noteworthy is that Tony-winning choreographer and onetime performer Jerry Mitchell is making his directorial debut. Mitchell won his Tony for choreographing the 2004 revival of La Cage Aux Folles, although he actually got his first Broadway break more than a quarter of a century ago as a member of the dance company in the 1980 revival of Brigadoon.

A true Broadway Baby, Mitchell has certainly more than endeared himself to New York's theatre community, thanks in no small part to his leading role as creator of Broadway Bares, the sexy, annual fundraising event that has raised millions of dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS since its 1992 inception.

Given how fresh Reese Witherspoon's silver screen portrayal of Elle Woods remains, it will be interesting to see how well Laura Bell Bundy can claim the role as her own. No doubt, the original score by the husband and wife team of Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy) and Nell Benjamin (Cam Jensen) and book by Heather Hach will be instrumental in making or breaking that effort.

The tryout at the Golden Gate Theatre ends February 25, when it will head to the Big Apple. Opening night at Broadway's Palace Theatre is currently slated for April 29.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for San Francisco tickets.
Click here for Broadway tickets.
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A Place Where Nobody Dared To Go...Until Now: They Call It Xanadu (July 18, 2006)
Broadway Bound to Get Nuttier with More Movie Adaptations Turned Musicals (June 7, 2006)

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