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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL Arrives In Dayton 6/16-21 At Schuster Center

Get ready to bend...and snap! Victoria Theatre Association's JP Morgan Chase Broadway Series presentation of LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL arrives in Dayton, June 16-21, 2009 at the Schuster Center. LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course her Chihuahua, Bruiser.) The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal! Performance times are Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Star of the MTV reality series "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods," Lauren Ashley Zarkin will take the stage as sorority star Elle Woods who simply doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "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!

In its first year on Broadway, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL earned seven 2007 Tony Award nominations, ten 2007 Drama Desk Award Nominations, a 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award and the chorus of the musical was honored by Actors' Equity Association's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) with the first ever ACCA Award. The musical also ranked in the top ten list of the most requested Ticketmaster "Arts & Theatre Events" for 2007. LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL received three 2009 Touring Broadway Awards in New York City on May 4, 2009. The show won awards for Best New Musical, Best Production Design and Best Choreography of a Touring Production. The Awards, presented by The Broadway League, honor excellence in Touring Broadway. It is the only such national award.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL was released on Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records, and captured the #1 slot on the Billboard Cast Album chart and charted at #86 on the Billboard Top 200. The album has continued its success, charting every week as one of the top-selling Broadway cast recordings and soared to the Top 10 albums (of any genre) on iTunes once the show premiered on MTV.

As on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell is the director and choreographer. Music and lyrics are by both Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach. The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is produced on tour by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals and Dori Berinstein, in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

Audiences are invited to learn more about the show at a free JPMorgan Background on Broadway session, June 20 at 1 p.m. in the Donor Lounges of the Schuster Center. Joe Deer, head of Wright State University's Musical Theatre Department, will be the speaker. JPMorgan Background on Broadway provides informative and entertaining talks by theatre professionals, focusing on production history, musical highlights, and insider anecdotes. These talks are held prior to the first Saturday matinee performance of each show in the Chase Broadway Series. JPMorgan Background on Broadway is free and open to Chase Broadway Series ticket holders, but seating is limited.

There will also be an opening night cast party, immediately following the June 16 performance, at The Dayton Racquet Club, located on the top floor of the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton. The party is free and open to all ticket holders, and includes free hors d'oeuvres and cash bar - plus the possibility of meeting members of The Cast! The Dayton Racquet Club is the Official Cast Party Host of the Chase Broadway Series.

Tickets start at $29, with discounts available for available for senior citizens, students and groups. Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Center Stage, and may be purchased at the Schuster Center box office in downtown Dayton or by phone, at (937) 228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630. Ticket Center Stage hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, noon - 4 p.m., and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are available by calling Barrie Denmark, at 937-228-7591, ext. 3074.

Victoria Theatre Association's presentation of LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is supported by Leadership Sponsors: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., Clear Channel Dayton, Dayton Daily News and Freund, Freeze & Arnold, with Performance Sponsor: Time Warner Cable.

For more information about Victoria Theatre Association's upcoming 2009-2010 season, visit www.victoriatheatre.com.




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