Chelsea Packard, Cole Burden and David Larsen Will Star in Marriott Theatre's Legally Blonde

By Michael Gioia
07 Dec 2011

The Marriott Theatre will kick off its 2012 season with the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde, which begins previews Jan. 18, 2012, prior to an official opening Jan. 27.



Directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, the limited engagement will continue through March 25.

Legally Blonde will star Chelsea Packard (Wicked; Promises, Promises) as Elle Woods, Cole Burden (Les Miserables national tour) as Warner Huntington III and David Larsen (American Idiot, Billy Elliot, Good Vibrations) as Emmett Forrest.

The cast will also feature Gene Weygandt as Professor Callahan, Christine Sherrill as Paulette, Stephanie Binetti as Vivienne, Summer Naomi Smart as Brooke, Tiffany Topol as Margot, Lara Filip as Enid, Keewa Nurullah as Pilar, Alexandra E. Palkovic as Serena, Julius Carter as Grandmast Chad, Will Skrip as Aaron, Steve Calzaretta as Kyle and Scott Alan Jones as Padamadan/Nikkos. The ensemble includes Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Jamie Cooper, James Lee Glatz, Brian Hoffman, Amber Mak, Matt Raftery, Vanessa Panerosa, Laura Savage and Leslie Taylor.

In the musical, which is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, "college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when she gets dumped by her boyfriend for someone more serious, she puts down her credit cards, hits the books, and sets out where no other Delta Nu has gone before – Harvard Law School," according to press notes. "From the social whirl of sunny California campus life to the Harvard Halls of Justice, this all-singing, all-dancing, feel good musical comedy will give audiences a fresh and effervescent evening of fun, stylishly wrapped up in a smart pink bow! The verdict? This much fun should not be legal!"

Other members of the creative team include music director Ryan T. Nelson, conductor Patti Garwood, set designer Tom Ryan, costume designer Nancy Missimi, lighting designer Diane Williams, sound designer Bob Gilmartin and props designer Sally Weiss.

The Marriott Theatre is located at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, IL. For more information and tickets, call (847) 634-0200 or visit www.TicketMaster.com or www.marriotttheatre.com.