Book by Heather Hach; music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture
Directed by: Dan Demers
Featuring: Courtney Hatcher, David Saber, Adam Cotugno, Calia Johnson, Lyn Mehe'ula, Brigitte Losey, Sasha Motalygo, Cheryl Ringman, Christina Murdock, Cameron Weston, Jacquie McCarley, Lauren Rhodes, Catrina Manahan, Rebecca Mayfield, Arielle Rothman, Ernestine Balisi, Mylissa Malley, Jon Nowakawski, James Giusti, Meg Fisher, Cassie Blake, Amanda Ross, Jeff Swan, Aaron Wimmer, Joshua Williams
When: September 8 through September 23, 2012
Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California Tickets: $20-$29. Visit paplayers.org or call 650-329-0891
Read John Orr's review of "Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Director Dan Demers - a very busy man these days - called to tell us why we should go see "Legally Blonde: The Musical" when it opens on Saturday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
"It totally rocks!" said Demers. "We have 27 really good people who are insanely energetic and talented!
"It's a fun, positive, energetic show. You can sit down in your seats and forget about everything beyond lobby doors and just be entertained. It has a nice message, but doesn't beat you over the head with it. It's two and a half hours of laughter."
Demers, who recently totally amused audiences as Bialy in "The Producers" at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, knows something about making people laugh.
He was, for years, on the administrative staff at Palo Alto Players, handling any number of chores, including marketing and PR. And he has directed shows elsewhere. But this is his first time directing for Palo Alto Players.
And putting a guy with marketing chops in as director has had a surprise benefit for the venerable company.
"Being there every day for rehearsal," he said. "After rehearsal, people would all kind of go out for a drink or something. I'd say, 'Take a bunch of postcards.' And they would.
"Great people. They'd walk down University Avenue, drop off the cards for the show.
"Courtney Hatcher, our Elle, would walk right up to people, talk about the show. A really good group of people, not afraid to market themselves."
Well, kewl. With the ongoing demise of arts coverage in traditional print media, it's gotten harder for the arts to market themselves. Every little bit of effort is needed for any artistic enterprise to let the universe know it exists.
Demers recently left his admin job at Palo Alto Players. On September 10, 2012, he starts a new job, at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.
"Lee Foster offered me a job, to be marketing and box-office director," Demers said. "And just help out with all that stuff and management.
"It's closer to home, I like the product that Hillbarn puts out. And I will have more opportunities to direct, to be hands-on with the company. All of that was appealing."
And, of course, the opportunity to work with Lee Foster, the executive producing director at Hillbarn, who is directing "Ragtime" at the company, now on stage.
"Lee is a phenomenal woman," said her new employee. "Nice, smart, knows what she's doing."