Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Manatee Players add 'Legally Blonde,' 'Anything Goes' to 2012-13 season

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Frothy, contemporary fun from Hollywood and a work by a master of the Great American Songbook round out The Manatee Players' upcoming season.

The Bradenton community theater troupe announced today that the Broadway musical version of the hit Reese Witherspoon movie "Legally Blonde" will open 2012-13. The performance dates will be Aug. 16 though Sept. 2.

Auditions for the show will be June 3 and 4 at the Manatee Players' Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. The director is Dewayne Barrett, with Rick Bogner as musical director.

In January, Cole Porter's classic "Anything Goes," which opened on Broadway in 1934 and won the Tony Award last year for Best Revival of a Musical, will fill the Manatee Players' stage.

The show features such timeless Porter songs as "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "All Through The Night," and "Anything Goes." Auditions will be held at the Manatee Players theater on Sept. 30 and October 1.

As was reported in January, the Manatee Players' roster for next season also features “Evita” (Sept. 20-Oct. 7), “Pump Boys and the Dinettes” (Oct. 25-Nov. 11), “Plaid Tidings” (Nov. 28-Dec. 16), “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (Feb. 21-March 10, 2013), “Miss Saigon” (March 28-April 14, 2013) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (May 2-19, 2013).

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