Two big things happened for Legally Blonde in 24 hours. The National Tour had a spectacular opening in Providence,R.I. last night and today, we had to announce that the Broadway production would be closing October 19th, 2008. So let's get the sad news out of the way. The Broadway production has lost its steam and the advance sales are just not strong enough to keep the show running without losses. It is always sad when a show closes and I am proud and happy to have been involved with Legally Blonde. So go see the Broadway production before it closes, you won't be sorry you did as Bailey hanks, the new Elle Woods is truly a discovery.
Now the good news. The National Tour of Legally Blonde kicked off last night at the Providence Performing Arts Center. As I discussed in an earlier post, the production has been re-thought and re-staged. To maintain a low weekly running cost, and be able to move the physical production in only 6 trucks, we eliminated all the automation from the set. While that may sound like we stripped the stage bare, Jerry Mitchell and David Rockwell came up with terrific solutions to create a dynamic set that has the look and feel of a big Broadway musical. The staging integrates the actors, dancers and set movements seamlessly. It is great to see that even without the high tech Broadway set, the show still entertains and moves the audience in the same way it does in New York City. The actors were, across the board, terrific. Although last night was only the second performance by this cast in front of an audience, the show looked and sounded terrific. We look forward to seeing the performances grow and deepen over the next weeks as the cast finds its 'groove'.
I hope you'll have a chance to see the show when it comes to your town. For tickets visit Legally Blonde National Tour.