Borle, Orfeh, Blake, Rupert Shindle Snelson Confirmed for Broadway's Blonde

News   Borle, Orfeh, Blake, Rupert Shindle Snelson Confirmed for Broadway's Blonde
Director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell has his cast for the new musical Legally Blonde, starring the previously announced Laura Bell Bundy as Elle.

The complete company was announced Nov. 14. The world premiere pre-Broadway engagement begins Jan. 23, 2007, in San Francisco.

Principal cast members for the musical comedy based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture are Christian Borle (Spamalot) as Emmett, Orfeh (Saturday Night Fever) as Paulette, Richard H. Blake (The Wedding Singer) as Warner, Kate Shindle (Cabaret) as Vivienne, Nikki Snelson (Off-Broadway's How to Save the World…) as Brooke and Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, The Happy Time, Ragtime) as Professor Callahan.

Legally Blonde opens on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on April 29, 2007. Previews begin on April 3, 2007, following the Jan. 23-Feb. 24, 2007, run at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre.

Also featured in the cast are Annaleigh Ashford, April Berry, Paul Canaan, Lindsay Chambers, Beth Curry, Tracy Jai Edwards, Amber Efe, Gaelen Gilliland, Jason Gillman, Becky Gulsvig, Rod Harrelson, Manuel Herrera, Andy Karl, Nick Kenkel, Michelle Kittrell, Leslie Kritzer, Dequina Moore, Rusty Mowery, Kevin Pariseau, Matthew Risch, Jason Patrick Sands, Donna Vivino, Noah Weisberg and Kate Wetherhead.

In the show, "Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take 'no' for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more 'serious,' Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style." Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (La Cage aux Folles) makes his Broadway directorial debut here, and will also choreograph.

Music and lyrics are by both Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach. James Sampliner serves as music director.

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

Tickets for the Broadway run at the Palace Theatre go on sale to the public on Feb. 25, 2007, through at (212) 307-4100.

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