FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) opens the second show of its 14th season with the frothy, fun and energetic hit Legally Blonde the Musical that plays Tuesday through Saturday at historic Franklin Theatre with a cast led by Franklin native Laura L. Thomas.
The opening performance of Legally Blonde this Tuesday (Sept. 30) is already sold out. Tickets are going fast for the other shows, which are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $14 to $44 and may be purchased by calling the Franklin Theatre at (615) 538-2076 or ordered online by clicking here.
Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde is a fresh and effervescent evening of musical fun, stylishly wrapped up in a smart pink bow: Elle Woods is the college sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone ‘serious’, Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This high-energy pop musical’s fun and catchy score features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin as well as an hysterical book by Heather Hach.
Thomas, who currently resides in Los Angeles, returns to Franklin for these performances. Director Sondra Morton says, “I am thrilled that Laura Thomas is our Elle. She is a BRT fav and a dear friend of mine. Her energy and vivaciousness is such an integral part of bringing Elle Woods to life. There’s no one else who could be my Elle Woods.”
The cast also features Darci Wantiez (Paulette), Christopher Bailey (Emmett), Bakari King (Professor Callahan), Tyler Jeffrey Adams (Warner), Christina Candilora (Vivienne), Lark Morrison (Brooke), Harley Seger (Serena), Erica Haines (Pilar), Britt Byrd (Margot) and Katie Gant (Enid). The ensemble also includes Scott Wilson, Luke Collins, Bryce Conner, Zach Shockley, Diane Miller, Cat Arnold, Caitlyn Porayko, Chelsea Brannon, Nikki Berra, Amelia Young, Tyler Evick and Lauri Gregoire.
There is also a brief appearance of WSMV-TV’s Demetria Kalodimos. Jamey Green is musical director and leading a talented ensemble of local musicians in this expansive musical. Costume design and construction is by Katie Delaney with Billy Ditty providing choreography.
“I know that Williamson County audiences are going to be overjoyed by Legally Blonde. This hysterical and sweet musical has all the charm of the original movie, and then injects it with non-stop, thrilling musical numbers,” Morton says. “Billy Ditty’s choreography is high energy and brings life to these great songs. This is a fun show which will have the audiences on their feet!”
The Boiler Room Theatre (except for a successful three-night run of Bonnie and Clyde in June) has been on hiatus since January while its Factory at Franklin home undergoes remodeling and renovations. Morton says, “We are thrilled with the Factory’s new dedication in making all of these things come true for us. We can’t wait to get back into the space.”
The company, a Williamson County fixture since 2001, believes the time-honored show-biz adage that the “Show Must Go On” and have worked hard in this time off to find ways to continue to produce their singular brand of professional theater. The company’s leadership are grateful that Franklin Theatre has graciously fit BRT into their schedule so that it can produce Legally Blonde there.