‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ opens at CMU

Kortni Stillwagon will play the part of Elle Woods and Bailey the Chihuahua will play the part of Bruiser in Colorado Mesa University’s production of “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

Bailey, a 5-year-old female Chihuahua, begs for a piece of chicken from her owner Emma Fleck, a professor of marketing at Colorado Mesa University. Bailey will play the part of Bruiser in the university’s production of “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

Bruiser Woods is a Gemini/vegetarian in the hit, comedic film “Legally Blonde,” but when it comes to casting a live Chihuahua for a stage play compromises must be made.

Meet Bailey, a Capricorn/omnivore, who, although an avid lover of chicken, looks a lot like Bruiser, and that’s just fine for the small dog’s theatrical debut in Colorado Mesa University’s upcoming performances of “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

Trainer Brianna Keaney, a CMU freshman, said the primary reason Bailey was selected to play the part of Bruiser was “because she was so easy to work with.”

During the dog’s press call last month, Bailey was in a pink collar and pink sweater bearing a crown adorned in silver sparkles.

It was very, like, super sweet.

Emma Fleck, a CMU professor and Bailey’s owner, was excited to have the family dog cast in the musical because Fleck has seen the film starring Reese Witherspoon “like a million times” and loves it.

Much like the film, “Legally Blonde the Musical” is about California sorority girl Elle Woods as she follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School to win back his love. Once there, however, Woods discovers she has more intelligence and ambition than she thought.

The CMU show is rated PG for adult situations and language and, unlike the movie, features songs and dance.

Tickets to “Legally Blonde the Musical” cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $6 for students through the box office at 248-1604.

The show will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 1, and again Wednesday through Saturday, March 5–8.

Matinees will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, and Saturday, March 8.

All shows are at Robinson Theatre in CMU’s Moss Performing Arts Center.


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