When Reese Witherspoon agreed to star in the 2001 vehicle Legally Blonde, she probably had no clue that the lighthearted comedy -- about a sorority sister who follows an ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School to prove she's, like, got substance, too! -- would be nominated for a Golden Globe, spawn two sequels and then morph into a Broadway musical that's now being performed by the stars at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
"It's a fun musical, and it's the first time other than the Broadway tour that a professional production of Legally Blonde has been done regionally," notes Melanie Mayner, communications officer at the Arvada Center. "And it's just good summer fare. It's a comedy, it's a feel-good story; there's this girl who thinks that maybe people underestimate her, and she sets about to prove them wrong. It turns the blonde stereotype on its head."
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Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra is designing the costumes for the production, and the chihuahua who plays Bruiser is a Foothills Animal Shelter canine who's actually up for adoption. (And if you're an animal lover, take note: Your ticket stub to Legally Blonde will get you $25 off adoptions or dog training at Foothills.) The show opens for previews tonight through Sunday; it opens officially next Tuesday, June 12, and runs through Sunday, July 1, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada. Admission is $35 to $72, and group rates are available; call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through July 1, 2012