Playhouse prepares to go blonde
September 13th, 2012
Omaha, NE – A blonde and legally savvy Elle Woods takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse this weekend.
Legally Blonde â€“ The Musical is a Broadway production based on the 2001 film of the same name, minus the musical. Itâ€™s the story of a blonde sorority queen, who chases her love-interest to Harvard Law School and discovers, pink outfit and all, that she has a savvy legal brain.
â€œItâ€™s 99% absolute fun,â€ said Carl Beck, the Artistic Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse, which is staging a local production of the play. â€œAnd yes, a message about discovering self worth, about moving beyond, about first perceptions that arenâ€™t necessarily accurate and growth,â€ he said. â€œSo it does have a message. It can be extremely moving.â€
â€œBut itâ€™s also a big fun romp.â€
Beck said for such a fluffy title, Legally Blonde is one of the most challenging productions the Playhouse has taken on. â€œA film can hop from location to location to location and be much more cinematic in their approach,â€ he said. â€œSo as a result, in order to tell the story of the film in musical format on stage, you find yourself with multiple set changes.â€
â€œSometimes a song can have as many as three separate sets,â€ he said. â€œSo itâ€™s a huge show to take on.â€
Legally Blonde opens Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The production stars Leanne Hill Carlson as Elle Woods. (Click the audio link above to hear clips from the film and a scene from the Broadway production.)
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