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Showtunes will be presenting Legally Blonde in Concert for its first show of the season. Though Legally Blonde has been far from a rarely-produced title since its debut in 2007, Showtunes is partnering with local artists to create some exciting opportunities and bring a new voice to the show.

Our concert of Legally Blonde will feature Seattle favorite Alexandria Henderson in the lead role of “Elle Woods”. Showtunes audiences will remember her from Working and The Boys from Syracuse, and Seattle audiences at large will recognize her from Village Theatre’s Dreamgirls, her current performance in Hairspray, and from her appearances at the 5th Avenue in Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, and much more! The show will be directed by Seattle veteran Faith Bennett Russell, who most recently led Taproot’s production of Crowns to great success, and our concert will feature choreography by Jimmy Shields, who recently worked on Village Theatre’s Hairspray. We also have local, accomplished artist Sadiqua Iman coordinating costumes for the production.

Showtunes is thrilled to partner with these artists and follow their lead as they tell this beloved story of perseverance and optimism from a new point of view.

Nathan Young, who has quickly become an invaluable member of the Showtunes family and helped bring the gospel sound of Leap of Faith to life, will serve as Music Director.

Legally Blonde, based on the movie and novel of the same name, follows the transformation of UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods and as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Her quest to prove her worth to her ex-boyfriend by studying law at Harvard leads her on a quest to discover her true worth. Meanwhile, her passion, positivity, and perseverance transform the lives of both her friends and enemies! It features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The original 2001 novel was written by Amanda Brown.

Legally Blonde is featured as part of Showtunes Theatre Company’s 19th Season, “Underestimated – Stories about Redefining the Rules.” The concert will be presented in a new venue for Showtunes, the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, September 22-23 and 29-30, 2018. Legally Blonde will continue Showtunes Theatre Company’s growth into two weekends of performances.

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Showtunes will be presenting The Spitfire Grill in Concert for its second show of the season. The Spitfire Grill continues Showtunes theme for its 19th season, “Underestimated – Stories about Redefining the Rules”, and will create wonderful opportunities to feature Seattle’s amazing actresses on stage in a powerful, intimate story of healing and hope.

Based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff, the musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town. She finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It’s for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town. Newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off, and the best essay on “why you want the grill” will win. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow, and Percy’s ability to see beauty and worth in both the town and the people who live there leads the community on a journey of renewal and redemption.

When the show debuted Off Broadway in 2001, it received numerous nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards. It also received a good deal of critical praise, including this quote from John Simon of New York magazine. “It is not often that material moves me to tears, but this was one of those occasions. The Spitfire Grill has the heart and soul that your Producers and Full Montys cannot begin to approach. What even in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.”

The show features music by James Valcq, lyrics by Fred Alley, and a book by both artists. It will be directed by Jessica Spencer, an accomplished director, casting director, educator, actress, and producer of theatre from Seattle, and it will be music directed by Seattle veteran RJ Tancioco.

The music of The Spitfire Grill is driven by an incredible folk and bluegrass score which will be presented in its original, full form. Alvin Klein of The New York Times had this to say about the music of Spitfire, “ The warm, indigenous American folk sound of Mr. Valcq’s score is, harmonically and melodically, as theatrical as it is grass roots…The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows.”

The concert will be presented in a new venue for Showtunes, the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, May 4-5 and 11-12, 2019. The Spitfire Grill will continue Showtunes Theatre Company’s growth into two weekends of performances.

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