‘Legally Blonde’ arrives in Seattle

  • Wed Sep 12th, 2012 3:15pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“Legally Blonde: The Musical”: This hilarious musical, based on the box office hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, opens the 35th season for Seattle Musical Theatre.

Sorority darling Elle Woods is inspired after being dumped by her boyfriend to go to Harvard Law School, with her little dog Bruiser in tow.

Her success is not just in her pinkness, beauty or style but a strength to believe in herself.

“It is a story of a young woman who learns to take control of her situation and not accept the role society tells her she must play,” said director, Sam Pettit in a prepared statement.

“Legally Blonde” opens at 7:30 Friday at Seattle Musical Theatre, 7120 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays with a special 7:30 p.m. show Oct. 4, through Oct. 7.

Tickets range from $35 to $40. Call 206-363-2809 or go to www.SeattleMusicalTheatre.org.

“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”: Book-It Repertory Theatre presents Seattle’s Jamie Ford’s debut novel, which begins in the 1980s outside a boarded-up Seattle hotel when protagonist Henry Lee spots a parasol, a belonging left by the Japanese Americans who had been exiled into internment camps.

The parasol takes Lee back 40 years when his world was dominated by a nationalistic father, school bullies and a country in turmoil. In this time, one of his allies was Keiko, the owner of the parasol. Before their romance had a chance to blossom, Keiko and her family were evacuated to internment camps and Lee never knew what became of her.

“Hotel” runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 21 at the Center Theatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle.

Tickets range from $25to $45. Call 206-216-0833 or go to http://book-it.org/.

“Memphis”: Takes us into the history of the rise of black musical talent in this country with some dazzling dancing and incredible music.

There’s a love story too. Forbidden love.

“Memphis” is based on the lives of several ground-breaking deejays of the 1950s, centering on hero Huey Calhoun.

We watch as Calhoun’s plummet from the perch of being the one man in radio history to play black music on the mainstream dial to the bottom of a bottle.

We watch as a backdrop of hit songs are presented in sultry, sassy and R&B ways with numbers such as “Someday” and “Love Will Stand When All Else Falls,” the kick-butt gospel-rhythm-and-blues “Underground,” the anthem “The Music of My Soul” and “Scratch My Itch.”

“Memphis” opens at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and runs at various times through Oct. 7 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Tickets start at $35. Call 206-625-1900 or go to www.5thavenue.org/.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.