Blonde side of the law

Legally Blonde opens Friday at The Public Theatre
Legally Blonde opens Friday at The Public Theatre
Jul 09
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The bend and snap. Talk of endorphins. Bleached blond hair and lots of pink.

There’s a lot that Elle Woods brought with her when she came into our hearts in 2001, played by Reese Witherspoon in the movie Legally Blonde. Six years later, Broadway welcomed a musical version of the comedy, and now, locals who haven’t ventured to New York City for the production can experience the musical when the Community Theatre of Little Rock brings Elle (and her Chihuahua, Bruiser) to The Public Theatre.

The story follows Elle from the sorority house to Harvard Law School in her effort to win back the love of her life, Warner Huntington III, who dumped her because she’s too ... blond. She proves a lot of people wrong along the way and makes some unexpected friends because she’s just so darn loveable.

Jeremy Woods, the production’s co-director alongside Jo Murry, says patrons can expect a story similar to what they remember from the movie. “There are definite changes and plot shifts for theatrical reasons, but people can come see the show expecting to be pleased by how faithful it is to the movie,” he says.

Some of the changes include a larger part for Emmett, Elle’s friend and later, love interest, and a melding of two of the professor characters.

As for the spirit of the show, Woods says fans of the movie will experience even more “energy, comedy and excitement” from the musical. “The cast is fantastic, they’ve worked so hard and are unbelievably talented. We’re all doing it out of love of theater.”

Legally Blonde opens Friday at The Public Theatre, 616 Center St. in downtown Little Rock, and runs through July 28. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, students and military, and free for children 6 and under. There are also discounts for groups of 10 or more. Visit ctlr-act.org or call (501) 410-2283 for more information and to reserve tickets.

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