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Legally Blonde: The Musical


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Book by Heather Hatch
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Directed and Choreographed by Christopher Chase Carter

February 14 – March 1, 2020
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Elle Woods appears to have it all but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Running Time: TBC

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Performance Schedule

Friday, February 14                      7:30PM
Saturday, February 15                  7:30PM
Sunday, February 16                    2:00PM
Friday, February 21                      7:30PM
Saturday, February 22                  7:30PM
Sunday, February 23                    2:00PM
Thursday, February 27                 7:30PM
Friday, February 28                      7:30PM
Saturday, February 29                  7:30PM
Sunday, March 1                           2:00PM

Ticket Pricing

General Public                               $30
Seniors (62+)/Area Educator      $27
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti             $25
Full Time Student/Kids                $12
NU Student                                   $6/Adv. $12/Door

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HEATHER BACH (Book) received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on LEGALLY BLONDE. Graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Journalism. Worked at The New York Times Denver Bureau as a research assistant and Sports and Fitness Publishing in Boulder, Colorado, as a magazine editor. Member of Denver’s Comedy Sports improv comedy troupe. Worked on the TV shows “Caroline in the City” and “Dilbert.” Won Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship in 1999. Film credits include Disney’s “Freaky Friday” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Also wrote the young adult novel “Freaky Monday” with Mary Rodgers. Much love to friends and family, especially Jason, Harper and Drake.

LAURENCE O’KEEFE (Music & Lyrics) received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his work on LEGALLY BLONDE. He won the Ed Kleban Award, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and a Jonathan Larson award for his music and lyrics. Off-Broadway credits: Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel, Richard Rodgers, Outer Critics’ Circle awards), which has received 100+ productions worldwide; music for Sarah, Plain and Tall, lyrics by Nell Benjamin (touring with TheatreWorksUSA). Co-author with Nell Benjamin of Cam Jansen (Drama Desk nomination) and The Mice. Larry is a product of his education with the Harvard Krokodiloes, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the Harvard Lampoon and the Actors’ Gang, but especially the incomparable Nell Benjamin.

NELL BENJAMIN (Music & Lyrics) wrote the lyrics to MEAN GIRLS, which received multiple Tony Award nominations, including for Best Original Score and Best Musical. Nell’s play, THE EXPLORERS CLUB, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. Nell has written book and/or lyrics for PIRATES! (OR GILBERT AND SULLIVAN PLUNDER’D), SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, CAM JANSEN (Drama Desk-nominated), I WANT MY HAT BACK, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, THE MICE, LIFE OF THE PARTY and BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE. Television writing includes “Unhappily Ever After”, Animal Planet’s “Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca”, “Electric Company”, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris”, “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway”, “Julie’s Greenroom.” Benjamin is the recipient of the Kleban Foundation Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant.

CHRISTOPHER CHASE CARTER (Director and Choreographer) is a Liberal Arts Graduate from Grand Valley State University. Carter has traveled extensively performing, directing and choreographing. Some of his credits include A CHORUS LINE, GYPSY, MEMPHIS (Jeff Nomination and BTAA Recipient), DREAMGIRLS, IN THE HEIGHTS (Broadway World Award), Porchlight Revisits THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG and CHESS at Porchlight Music Theatre; FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (Jeff Nomination) (Court Theater); LITTLE SHOP, HAIR (Mercury Theater); THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Northlight Theater); SHOW BOAT and OKLAHOMA! (Lyric Opera Chicago); SHOW BOAT (San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera); HAIRSPRAY (Drury Lane Oakbrook), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Paramount Theater); Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie (Chicago Opera Theater); as we as WONDERFUL TOWN, SWEENEY TODD (Grand Award direction), GODSPELL (Grand Valley State University); OLIVER!, CAROUSEL, and BRIGADOON (Light Opera Works); PAJAMA GAME, THE WIZ and 42ND STREET (Theatre at the Center); THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Director of the MTI National High School Pilot). A former scholarship student of Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Carter has been the Director/choreographer for the Grand Rapids Civic’s SRT for the past six years.