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    'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Stage version of 'Legally Blonde' to open
    Posted 4/25/2006 5:37 PM ET


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    NEW YORK (AP) Girl power on Broadway.
    A musical version of Legally Blonde, based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon and the novel by Amanda Brown, will open on Broadway in April 2007.
    The show, which has music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe and a book by Heather Hach, tells the story of a determined young woman, who, when dumped by her boyfriend, goes to Harvard Law School, which her ex also attends.
    No casting was announced, but the show will mark the Broadway directorial debut of Jerry Mitchell, who won a 2005 Tony Award for his choreography for the revival of La Cage aux Folles.
    "I love the story," Mitchell said Tuesday of his new project. "It's so positive, especially for young girls to believe in themselves. And it's fun to root for a leading character you care about."
    Mitchell, who also created the dances for Hairspray and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, also will do the choreography for Legally Blonde.
    The show will open April 26, 2007, at a Broadway theater to be announced. Preview performances begin March 30. San Francisco will see the musical first, with a five-week engagement at the Orpheum Theatre beginning in late January.
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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Oh dear god! I loved the movie but a musical? What next, Animal House - The Opera?

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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Ooohhhh, Nooooo! Not every movie translates well to the theatre. I think Hairspray was the exception.
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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Wow! I'm pretty excited about this, actually. hehe

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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    As much as I loved the movie, I read that and laughed. What a joke. Legally Blonde turning into a musical? Seriously now people. That's sad if that's considered a good option for a play. The movie was great, and it should be left at that.
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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Are there just no more original Ideas? How Sad.
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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Are you kidding? I've known this was in the works for about 2 years. And the orpehum is like my favorite theatre and January is my Birthday. I will so be there!

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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    I loved this film and thought it was adorable, but a musical?
    Why does it seem like the entire entertainment industry is running out of original ideas?
    What is the main ballad going to be? "I Want to go to Harvard to get back at my boyfriend who dumped me because I am blonnnd..."
    Well at least it sounds like they won't be adapting music catelogues for this one

    Oh... and when I told my roomate the comment about Animal House: The Opera she said she would so go see that... But we shouldn't be giving the NY Theater community any ideas
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    Re: 'Legally Blonde' Broadway-bound - USATODAY 4/25/06

    Ever think perhaps there's been a secret arrangement made between New York and Hollywood? Hollywood has agreed to make film versions of stage musicals so that they can be preserved for posterity. Broadway has is paying the price by allowing every film ever made to be given the stage musical treatment.

    Now that's a proper conspiracy theory to ponder..........

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