'Legally Blonde'comes to Royal Oak

The Baldwin Theatre will be an explosion of pink this fall as Stagecrafters kicks off their 56th season with “Legally Blonde-The Musical.” Fresh off a national tour, this fun and energetic show runs weekends, Sept. 7-30, at the Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak.

Based on the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name, “Legally Blonde-The Musical” features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The Tony-nominated musical tells the story of Elle Woods (played by Kelly Robinson) and her journey of realizing that there’s so much more to her than being blonde.

Elle is a sorority girl and fashionista who is obsessed with socializing and the color pink. Just when Elle thinks her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (played by Stephen Brown) is about to propose, she gets the unexpected surprise that he is breaking up with her. Determined to win him back, Elle follows him to Harvard Law to prove that she’s really the “serious” girl he wants.

While at Harvard, Elle meets Professor Callahan (played by John Nowaczyk), a cruel professor and lawyer; Emmett Forrest (played by Patrick Kilbourn), a smart and kind teaching assistant who tutors her; and Vivienne Kensington (played by Hilary Riddell), Warner’s new girlfriend. Elle also befriends salon-owner Paulette Buonufonte (played by Liz Schultz) and uses law for the first time to get Paulette her dog back.

For Kelly Robinson, playing Elle has been a roller coaster of a ride. “It’s definitely a marathon throughout,” she says. “I never leave the stage for more than a few seconds and when I do, I am either doing a costume change, or trying to breathe and drink water.” Robinson continues, “What was surprising to me is how much energy it takes to be at Elle Wood’s level all the time! She is on another plane completely, and it’s something you can’t fake. She goes through such a transformation throughout the show with so many highs and lows; I have to work really hard to make sure that I am capturing that and relaying it to the audience.” 

In addition to the regularly scheduled performances, there will be a special “Ladies Night Out” fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 6. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a pre-glow of hors d’oeuvres by Holiday Catering, retail therapy and sassy fun. The curtain will rise for the final dress rehearsal of “Legally Blonde-The Musical” at 8 p.m. The Thursday, Sept. 28, performance will be a themed “Greek Night,” an evening where audiences and members from different sororities can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres before the show.

Advance tickets for performances are $18 on Thursdays, $20 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Student and senior discounts are available for specific performances. Tickets may be purchased online at www.stagecrafters.org or by phone at 248-541-6430 using Visa or MasterCard. All seats are reserved. If shows have not sold out, tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the performance for an additional $2 per ticket.