Fans of pink couture, Chihuahua bling and hard-won success at Harvard Law School, all while looking totally fab, are in for a big treat, as Bailey Hanks reprises her Broadway starring role in Legally Blonde, The Musical, with Diablo Theatre Company at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.
The popular movie, and winner a dozens of nominations on Broadway in its adaptation as a musical, provides an evening of fun, energetic music, and inspiring messages for rising stars young and old.
In a first for Walnut Creek and the Lesher Center, the star of a Broadway show will be reprising her role in the local production.
In the story, President of the sorority, Elle Woods, sets out to prove herself after being dumped by her boyfriend for someone more “serious.” Packing her pumps and pet Chihuahua, Bruiser, Elle heads to Harvard Law School where she pulls off unexpected and unconventional successes, all while being true to herself.
The star of the show, Bailey Hanks, played Elle Woods on Broadway for almost one hundred shows after winning the MTV nationwide reality competition, Legally Blonde – The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. Taking a break from rehearsals at the Diablo Theatre Firehouse, Bailey had lots to say about the new production.
“This is a chance for me to show more of what I believe Elle Woods is made of. I think at heart, Elle Woods is a Southern Belle from Southern California. She’s classy and innocent and kind – with a strong fashion sense - and has some fired determination burning deep down inside.”
While Legally Blonde is known as a comedy, there’s a heartfelt message, especially for young women and girls. “It’s especially important to me that I portray a role model, and I believe that Elle Woods is a great role model. While Elle loves fashion, every girl should also know that being true to yourself is one thing that never goes out of style – it’s the ultimate fashion statement.”
The show is directed by Gia Solari, with Sean Kana as Musical Director and choreography by Gia Solari and Renee DeWeese.
The Diablo Theatre Company is producing the show, which runs from February 10th through March 3rd at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.