Penn State Centre Stage to debut ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Centre Stage claims that there’s one musical that’s “so much fun that it should almost be illegal” — it’s “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

The first of four Centre Stage productions in the eight-show season, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” opens tomorrow with 7:30 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday and Oct. 8-11, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 6.

The award-winning musical comedy is staged at the the Playhouse Theater on the University Park campus.

Nell Benjamin, who also penned BTE’s current show “The Explorer’s Club,” co-composes the musical score of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Christine O’Grady, with impressive Broadway and Off-Broadway credits as choreo­grapher, is in the director’s chair.

Either because of the 2001 movie version or the non-musical production, area theatergoers may be familiar with the basic storyline.

Wide-eyed UCLA student Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend because she isn’t a serious enough girlfriend — and he wants to attend Harvard law School.

Although broken-hearted, Elle, with a little help from her friends, manages to follow the cad across the country and — in one of the most improbable twists ever — is also accepted at Harvard Law School.

Elle pursues her dream while tackling stereotypes and scandals in the high energy musical with a zesty, pop score with memorable ballads and some “dynamite dances.” In searching for her true identity, the fashionable sorority girl defies expectations, constantly showing that before one can show faith in others, one must have faith in one’s self.

Her efforts are both evident and funniest during the defense phase of the trial of an ex-gym instructor. Elle proves to the disbelievers that street smarts are often better than book smarts.

Reportedly, the “mature theme” of homosexuality receives a light-hearted and non-offensive treatment during the murder trial in which Elle becomes an obvious force.

Theatregoers are urged to “think pink” as pink is the prevalent color in Penn State Centre Stage’s “Legally Blonde the Musical,” which at times is fluffy and silly, but always an entertaining, escapist musical comedy — and that is never illegal!

For more information, call 814-863-0255.

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