Legally Blonde to Launch Pittsburgh CLO 2009 Season; Additional Tour Dates Announced

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The national tour of Legally Blonde will kick off the summer season at Pittsburgh CLO in June 2009.

Running June 9-14, 2008, at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh is among the latest cities to be added to the national tour of Legally Blonde.

Becky Gulsvig will star as the musical's blonde heroine Elle Woods, who has Harvard ambitions.

Although complete tour casting has not been announced, "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods" reality contestants Rhiannon Hansen and Lauren Zakrin will tour with the musical. Zakrin, the youngest contestant on the reality show, will understudy Gulsvig, and will also be a member of the ensemble. Hansen will play the role of Margot, Elle's best friend.

Current tour dates for Legally Blonde include:

Providence, Rhode Island (Sept. 23-28, 2008 at the Providence Performing Arts Center)
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 30-Oct. 12, at the France-Merrick PAC)
Buffalo, NY (Oct. 14-19, at Shea's Performing Arts Center)
Rochester, NY (Oct. 21-26, at the Auditorium Theatre)
Boston, MA (Oct. 28-Nov. 9, at the Opera House)
Cleveland, OH (Nov. 11-23, at the Palace Theatre)
Schenectady, NY (Nov. 25-30, at Proctor's Theatre)
Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 2-7, at the Academy of Music)
Hartford, CT (Dec. 9-14, at the Bushnell Center)
Washington, DC (Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 2009, at the Kennedy Center)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 13-18, 2009, at the Wharton Center)
St. Louis, MO (Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2009, at the Fox Theatre)
Austin, TX (Feb. 2-8, 2009, at the Bass Concert Hall)
Houston, TX (Feb. 10-22, 2009, at the Hobby Center)
Des Moines, IA (Feb. 24-March 1, 2009 at the Civic Center)
Memphis, TN (March 3-8, 2009 at the Orpheum)
Orlando, FL (March 10-15, 2009, at the Carr PAC)
West Palm Beach, FL (March 17-22, 2009, at the Kravis Center)
Greenville, SC (March 24-29, 2009, at the Peace Center)
Naples, FL (March 31-April 5, 2009 at the Philharmonic Center)
Clearwater, FL (April 7-12, 2009, at Ruth Eckerd Hall)
Durham, NC (April 14-19, 2009, at the Durham PAC)
Charlotte, NC (April 21-26, 2009, at Ovens Auditorium)
St. Paul, MN (April 28-May 10, 2009, at the Ordway Center)
Chicago, IL (May 12-31, 2009, at the Oriental Theatre)
Dayton, OH (June 16-21, 2009, at the Schuster Center)
Nashville, TN (June 23-28, 2009, at Jackson Hall)
Kansas City, MO (June 30-July 5, 2009, at the Starlight Theatre)
Atlanta, GA (July 14-19, 2009)
Dallas, TX (July 21-Aug. 9, 2009)
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 12-Sept. 6, 2009 at the Pantages Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (Sept. 8-20, 2009, at the Orange County PAC) Legally Blonde features a score by Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy: The Musical) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall), with a book by Heather Hach (the film "Freaky Friday"). Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who made his directorial debut with the musical, will also direct and choreograph the tour.

James Sampliner serves as music director for Legally Blonde, with orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke. The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

The score includes "Omigod You Guys," "Serious," "What You Want," "Harvard Variations," "Blood in the Water," "Positive, "Ireland," "Chip on My Shoulder," "So Much Better," "Whipped into Shape," "Take It Like a Man," "Bend and Snap," "There! Right There!" "Legally Blonde," "Legally Blonde Remix" and "Find My Way/Finale."

Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein produce the show on Broadway, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

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