'Legally Blonde' to hit MSMT on June 27

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Culture

'Legally Blonde' to hit MSMT on June 27

Elle and Bruiser (Alex Ellis and Chico) star in "Legally Blonde" beginning June 27.  (Photo credit Annie Rose)

BRUNSWICK — Maine State Music Theatre continues its 54th season with "Legally Blonde," running June 27 through July 14 at the Pickard Theater. Tickets are available online at www.msmt.org, over the phone at (207) 725- 8769, or by visiting the box office located in the Pickard Theater lobby at 1 Bath Road in Brunswick. Ticket prices range from $36 to $59.

Based on the novel "Legally Blonde" by Amanda Brown and the popular 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical combines all the original wit and charm with ingenious songs and dance numbers. MSMT veteran Marc Robin heads this production as director and choreographer. Robin’s previous credits at MSMT include "Cats," "The Producers," "Spamalot" and "Annie." 

Starring as Elle Woods, the sorority president turned Harvard Law student, is Broadway’s Alex Ellis. Ellis recently starred in a new musical version of the film "Catch Me If You Can" and performed with Harry Connick Jr. in "On A Clear Day I Can See Forever." Ellis is no stranger to MSMT audiences; she played Penny Pingleton in MSMT’s 2007 production of "Hairspray" and was the lead character Natalie in the 2008 production of "All Shook Up."

Also returning to Brunswick in this production are MSMT fan favorites Charis Leos and Curt Dale Clark. Leos plays beautician Paulette, Elle’s new friend and confidant in Cambridge. Curt Dale Clark already stars as Zach in MSMT’s 2012 production of "A Chorus Line" and will take on the role of Kyle the UPS guy in "Legally Blonde." 

Four-legged stars Chico and Nellie play the parts of Elle's and Paulette's dogs. Both dogs were rescued by Tony Award-winning animal trainer William Berloni. Chico the chihuahua starred in the original Broadway production of "Legally Blonde" and is seen in all the advertising, having served as the doggie model for the show’s official logo. Nellie the bulldog holds the record for starring in the most performances of "Legally Blonde" by any performer, human or canine. Nellie has been on tour with the show and in regional productions for the past three years straight.

Maine State Music Theatre continues its tradition of Pay-What-You-Can pricing for both the matinee and evening performances Friday, June 29. On that day, patrons who walk up in person to MSMT’s box office at the Pickard Theater can pay whatever their budgets will allow for any remaining, unsold seats. The box office opens at 10 a.m. It is important to note that this offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets or with any other discount offers and is subject to availability. The Pay-What-You-Can on June 29 is sponsored by Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union. For questions about MSMT’s Pay-What-You-Can program, contact the box office at (207) 725-8769.


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