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Legally  Blonde  -  The  Musical

September 17 to October 29, 2016

 

Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin
Based on the Novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture

THEATRE THREE kicks off its 47th Mainstage season with this hilarious and fun-filled musical based on the adored movie. LEGALLY BLONDE follows the transformation of bombshell Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams in the hallowed halls of Harvard Law. This all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and celebrating what you’ve got! The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

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Cast

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Chutney/Delta Nu   MELANIE ACAMPORA
Warner   CHRIS BRADY
Dad/Winthrop   ED BREESE
Kyle   KYLE BREITENBACH
 Kate   MEGAN BUSH
Emmett   BRETT CHIZEVER
Nikos   ALEX ESQUIVEL
Paulette SARI FELDMAN
Aaron/Store Manager   BRIAN FRANK
Brooke   LISA GANZ
Padamadan/Judge   ANDREW GASPARINI
Enid   EMILY GATES
Margot   AMANDA GERACI
Pilar   RACHEL GREENBLATT
Chad   ERIC HUGHES
Whitney/Mom   HEIDI JAYE
Serena   JENNA KAVALER
Elle   BRITTANY LACEY
Callahan   STEVE MCCOY
Pforzheimer   P.J. MOLLOY
Vivienne   CAITLIN NOFI
Carlos   DYLAN POULOS
Leilani   NICOLE RAMPANELLI
Gaelen   ARIA SALTINI
Dewey/Lowell   STEVEN UIHLEIN

Director   Jeffrey Sanzel
Musical Director   JEFFREY HOFFMAN
Choreographer   Whitney Stone
Scenic Design   Randall Parsons
Costume Design   Su Jung Weaver
Lighting Design   Robert W. Hendrson Jr.
Properties   Linda May
Stage Manager   Peter Casdia
Schedule
Thu Fri Sat Sun
    9/17
8pm
9/18
3pm
 
  9/23
8pm
9/24
8pm
9/25
3pm  
  9/30
8pm
 10/1
8pm
 
  10/7
8pm
10/8
8pm
 
10/13
8pm
10/14
8pm
10/15
8pm
 10/16
3 & 7pm
10/20
8pm
 10/21
8pm
10/22
8pm
 
   10/28
8pm
10/29
8pm
 
Wed. Matinee: Oct. 19 @ 2pm
Prices

Adults $35
Seniors (65+) $28
Students (13+) $28
Children (5-12) $20
(under 5 not permitted)
Wednesday matinees $20

Interview with Brittany Lacey

Theater Talk with Brittany Lacey
By Rebecca Anzel

Theatre Three in Port Jefferson is gearing up for its next Mainstage production, “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which will open on Saturday, Sept. 17. The role of Elle Woods will be played by 28-year-old Brittany Lacey, best known to Theatre Three regulars as Mimi in “Rent” and as Belle in “A Christmas Carol” when she was a company member there from 2010 to 2012. I had the opportunity to sit down with Brittany before rehearsals last Friday night to ask her about her latest role.

Why did you decide to audition for the role of Elle Woods?

This is a dream role of mine and having the chance to perform it here at Theatre Three makes it even more special. It’s like I’m coming home and now I’m doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m a huge fan of Reese Witherspoon. I love her! I think she’s very funny and talented. Of course, I don’t know her personally, but she seems like such a good person — like Hollywood hasn’t gotten to her.

What is your favorite scene in the show?

I just discovered it the other day. My favorite scene is “What You Want.” The song has three parts to it and all are great! Our choreographer, Whitney Stone, came up with this amazing dance and it’s just a lot of fun. It’s like one big party on stage. A lot of the cast is involved in the number. I like when you’re on stage with everyone else because you’re able to share everyone else’s energy and I think it makes it a more memorable experience.

What is your favorite song in the show?

“Take It Like A Man.” That has become my favorite one. I don’t know what it is about it — I love singing it. I play it opposite Brett Chizever (in the role of Emmett Forrest). It’s a real joy. Brett is great. How many weeks does the cast rehearse before production? Four or five weeks … I’m not exactly sure. Because most people work during the day, we rehearse from 7:15 at night to 10:30 and then on weekends, we’ll have five-hour rehearsals. It’s a lot of repetition and practice. And, after I go home, it’s all I listen to. I drive my boyfriend crazy making him run lines with me!

What is it like working with the director, Jeffrey Sanzel?

I love working with Jeff. He’s a strict director, but in a good way. Jeff cares about everyone on that stage and what they’re doing. He really works with you to make sure you’re comfortable. It’s all about putting out a great product and everyone feeling proud of their performance. What is it like working with your castmates? I only knew a handful of them going in, and everyone is so nice. This cast is very supportive. I haven’t had that in a while so it’s really, really nice.

Who is playing the role of the UPS guy? Is he cute?

He’s so much younger than me — am I allowed to answer that? But no, the ladies will be quite happy with who they’re watching up there. Kyle Breitenbach is doing a great job with the role. He’s very funny.

I noticed the show will have a real dog in the role of Bruiser Woods. What is she like?

Her name is Taxi, like a taxi cab. She’s a chihuahua. Caitlin Nofi (who plays Vivienne in the show) has a friend who was kind enough to lend us Taxi, and she’s a star! She came in with a pink and purple bow around her neck and owned that stage. And she’s so good! She’s calm.

Have you ever performed on stage with an animal before?

I don’t think so! I’ve played a lot of animals, but no I don’t think I’ve ever had one on stage. It definitely makes me nervous because you just want the animal to feel okay up there. You don’t want to scare it. It’s fun though! It’s different, because at the end of the day, you’ll see what she wants to do. If she wants to prance around the stage, she’s going to prance and we’re going to let her.

What is it like being a part of a production at Theatre Three?

It’s a great experience. I feel like this theater tries to make it feel like a home for their actors and that you’re a part of their family. You don’t always get that in other places. Everyone works really hard because they just put their whole heart into it, and that is another reason I love to come back here. Jeff [Sanzel] is the leading force of that. The heart he has for theater, for this theater in general, is ginormous. It’s great because then that falls onto the rest of us and it makes you want to put even more effort into the show.

Why should people come see the show?

Because we really want you to! No, no, I think we’re putting a lot of hard work into it. We’re just getting into tech week, but I believe we’re putting out a really good production and I hope it’s fun for them. We promise to entertain you! We all love what we’re doing, so I think that always translates to the audience. If we’re having fun, hopefully that means they’re having fun watching it.

Do you have a favorite spot in Port Jefferson that you like to go to?

As soon as rehearsal’s over, I go down to Ralph’s. I love my ices and ice cream! It’s like my after rehearsal treat. What are your plans after this? I don’t have any definitive plans yet, but I’m sure it will involve auditioning. A lot of this job, of being an actor, is putting yourself out there and hoping that casting directors like what you have to offer. Anything else you would like to add? I’m having fun, I’m loving this experience and I can’t wait to open this show!

Photos

Scenes from Legally Blonde

  • Theatre Three LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL  Amanda Geraci, Jenna Kavaler, Brittany Lacey, Rachel Greenblatt
  • Theatre Three LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL  Brittany Lacey as Elle Woods
  • Theatre Three LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL  Rachel Greenblatt, Brittany Lacey, Jenna Kavaler, Amanda Geraci
  • Theatre Three LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL  The Girls of Delta Nu
Reviews



Legally Blonde Review: Light-haired and lighthearted

by Steve Parks, September 20, 2016

As you might expect, a character named for Elle magazine is more concerned with appearance than substance. She doesn’t read Elle for the articles. She flips through to ogle the photos.
In “Legally Blonde the Musical,” now sashaying across the stage at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, we meet Elle Woods at UCLA’s Delta Nu sorority, where her sisters join in a chorus of “Omigod You Guys” as she prepares for the most important date in her life: She’s anticipating a bended-knee proposal by boyfriend Warner Huntington III, bound for Harvard Law School. Instead, he dumps her at dinner, explaining in song that he needs to get “Serious” if he’s to snag a wife who’d be an asset to his political ambitions.

Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and on Amanda Brown’s novel, the 2007 Broadway musical — nominated for seven Tonys but winning none when “Spring Awakening” obliterated the field — “Legally Blonde” follows the unlikely trajectory of Elle’s plan to retrieve her man. A 4.0 graduate in fashion, Elle (a vivacious-in-pink Brittany Lacey) applies to and is accepted at Harvard Law, where Warner (Chris Brady) is already engaged to a “serious” brunette (Caitlin Nofi). Elle contemplates life as a brunette until her hairdresser talks her out of it: Sari Feldman in an artfully realized comic role gives women equal rights to objectify men, particularly a hunky UPS delivery guy (Kyle Breitenbach).

Mentored by prospective law intern Emmett, played with earnestly nerdy charm by Brett Chizever, Elle garners the attention of Professor Callahan, a snarly Steve McCoy (“Blood in the water/sharks and chum”), as she wins the confidence of a murder-trial defendant, maybe not so innocent as portrayed by Lisa Ganz. A Greek chorus (Amanda Geraci, Jenna Kavaler, Rachel Greenblatt and Emily Gates) accessorize Elle’s quest with delightful diversion as Lacey sells the title character’s determination with counter-intuitive logic. The trial’s turning point may give some cause for complaint in the stereotype-on-steroids numbers “Bend and Snap” and “There! Right There!,” featuring the refrain “Is he gay or European?” Funny but borderline PI (politically incorrect)? You decide.

Jeffrey Sanzel’s direction and Whitney Stone’s choreography keep “Blonde” in the pink (various shades by costume designer Su Jung Weaver), efficiently framed by Randall Parsons’ color-coordinated set. Jeffrey Hoffman’s seven-piece orchestra throbs with a high-heeled beat.

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