"So much fun it should be illegal"
LEGALLY BLONDE the musical
Music & Lyrics by Nell Benjamin & Laurence O’Keefe,
Book by Heather Hach,
Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown A Co-Production with the Walnut Street Theatre
Fabulously fun and filled with flashy song-and-dance numbers, Legally Blonde follows the exploits of effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods and her plans to follow her Ivy League ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, she charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two by winning a difficult case with her unique expertise and cheery outlook. Along the way, Elle quickly realizes her potential and finds true love. This award-winning comedy is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit film starring Reese Witherspoon.
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Anthony Avino* (Nikos, Ensemble) is ecstatic to be back at Riverside! Regional credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Drury Lane), West Side Story (Drury Lane), Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (WBT and Riverside/Walnut Street), Mamma Mia (Riverside/Walnut Street). Other Credits: Lysistrata Jones (Uardo’), Rent (Angel), The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Frank’N’Furter). BFA Roosevelt University CCPA. Lots of love to my Family, Friends, Bae, Don, Gia, Mom and my new godson Massimo! Follow on Instagram @Anthony1331. Proud Member of AEA!
Lindsey Bliven* (Vivienne Kensington) is so thrilled to be back at the Riverside Theatre! She was last seen in A Chorus Line in 2016! Tours: Jekyll & Hyde, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz. Regional: PCLO, Walnut Street, Music Theatre of Wichita, Westchester Broadway, North Shore, Finger Lakes MTF, Flat Rock and an Omaha Symphony soloist. In honor of this performance, Lindsey is making a donation to AAUW.org, The American Association of University Women- empowering women through education and leadership. Much love and many thanks to Riverside, Richard, HCKR, Mom, Dad, J&M and my Ryan. LindseyBliven.com
Sara Brophy* (Brooke Wyndham) was last seen at Riverside Theatre as a nun in Sister Act! Born and bred in NY state, Brophy’s very grateful to soak up some sunshine! You may have seen her on Broadway in Amazing Grace, off-Broadway in Iron Curtain, or on TV in “Law & Order: SVU.” She's traveled nationally and internationally working as an actor, dancer, and singer in theatre, film, television, commercial, and voiceover. Some favorites include: Anna in Syncopation, Senga in Dancing Lessons, and Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain. For more, follow on Instagram @SaraBeesKnees or sarabrophy.com. Thanks and love to Richard, TPS, and JFB!
Nicholas Karl Brown (Ensemble) is over the moon to be making his Riverside Theatre debut! Nicholas recently graduated summa cum laude from Temple University for Musical Theatre. Regional: Matilda (Walnut Street Theatre); Chicago (Arkansas Rep. Theatre); The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, (Gretna Theatre); Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes (Maples Rep. Theatre); Pirates of Penzance (Mauckingbird Theatre Co.). www.nicholaskarlbrown.com @nicholas_karl
Kathryn Brunner (Elle Woods) snaps for making her Riverside debut! Recent credits include: Sophie in Mamma Mia (Pioneer Theatre Company), Laurey in Oklahoma! and Ariel in Footloose (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), and Mary Phagan in Parade (Arden Theatre Company). Kathryn also spent a year as a lead vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines. When she's not performing, Kat is a fitness trainer at Body By Simone NYC. Mama- thank you for teaching me the power of being a strong, blonde woman. Shoutouts to The Price Group and her family and friends for their endless support and love. Temple Made '16. As always, for Dad.
Caroline Chisholm (Serena, Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the Riverside family! Caroline, originally from NC, holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. Currently living in NYC, she has most recently performed at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Anything Goes and The Little Theatre on the Square in numerous productions. Favorite credits include: Velma (Chicago), Mary Robert (Sister Act), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Janet (Rocky Horror), Janet (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Fiona (Shrek). She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, Bryan and Jeannetta for their continuous support, and Richard for this wonderful opportunity. Bend and Snap, y'all!
Chali Cooke* (Store Manager, Judge, Ensemble) is excited to make her first appearance on the Riverside Theatre's mainstage! She's a recent Temple graduate and has been seen on Philly's regional theater stages as Candy in Saturday Night Fever and as Joan's understudy in Fun Home. Most recently, she was seen in Matilda at the Walnut Street Theatre. She has trained in TV and film with actor/director David Dean Botrell and is a trained/professional salsa dancer. Chali loves languages, performing, dancing, singing, writing poetry, and yoga. Insta: @chalzz
Adena Ershow* (Margot) is absolutely ecstatic to be back on the Riverside stage after appearing in last season’s production of Gypsy. Other regional credits: Mary Poppins (Paper Mill Playhouse), The New World (Bucks County Playhouse: World Premiere), Grease (Maine State Music Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun (Fulton Theatre), Spamalot (North Shore Music Theatre). International: CATS (Rumpleteazer, RUG Ltd./RCCL). Many thanks to Richard, and the entire Legally Blonde team. Love to my family. For KJS. Instagram: @aershow
Billy D. Hart* (Pforzheimer, Ensemble) is glad to be back in sunny Vero for his 5th production at the Riverside Theatre. Credits include national tours, cruise lines, and countless regional productions. Much gratitude to Riverside, the Walnut, Richard, and his family for their constant support. Proud AEA member. www.BillyDHart.com IG: @BillyDHart
Jesse Jones* (Lowell, Ensemble) Regional: Alliance Theater, North Carolina Theater, Walnut Street Theater, Barter Theater, Gateway Playhouse, Media Theater, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Theater Vero, Olney Theater. TV: PBS’s “Dance Masters,” ABC’s “Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Other: Tokyo Disney, Philadelphia Opera Company, Dr. OZ Green Garden Gala. Thank you, God for everything. Jjones.biz
Katy Kauffmann (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her regional theatre debut with Legally Blonde! She is a NYC-based performer and Pennsylvania native, growing up in the sweetest place on earth -- Hershey, PA. Katy attended Towson University, receiving degrees in Dance Performance (BFA) and Mass Communication (BS). Performance highlights include: Dance, Dance, Dance: Heartbeat! (Hersheypark), a commercial for Isaac Mizrahi (QVC) and Carmina Burana, an original work by Runqiao Du/Ballet ADI. Katy thanks her Mom and Dad, sisters, Brett, friends and mentors for the love and support along her journey to the Riverside stage. www.therealslimkaty.com
Parker Krug* (Kyle, Dewey, Grandmaster Chad, Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Riverside Theatre debut this season! Some Credits: West Side Story (National Tour), Elf: The Musical (National Tour), Beauty and the Beast, and On The Town (Sacramento Music Circus), Man of La Mancha (Barrington Stage), My Fair Lady (The Cape Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre) and other fun stories. Thanks to Richard Stafford and Casting for this opportunity, Boals, Winnett & Associates for all the support, and always love to my incredible family! - @theparkerkrug
Scott Langdon* (Dad, Winthrop, Ensemble) is grateful to return to the Riverside Theatre, having last appeared here as Gatch in H2$ in 2014. Most recently, Scott was seen in the Eagle Theatre’s breathtaking production of Ragtime (Grandfather/Willie Conklin). Some favorites include: Spamalot (Arthur), Mame (Mr. Upson), Oliver! (Fagin), The Music Man (Charlie Cowell), Love Story (Dr. Ackerman), 1776 (John Adams), Julius Caesar (Cassius), The Crucible (John Proctor), The Who’s Tommy (Uncle Ernie), Grand Hotel (Otto Kringelein). As an author, Scott has three titles available on Amazon. Find them at scottlangdonwrites.com Love to his children, Mikaela and Connor, and his wife, Sarah.
Lina Lee* (Pilar) Broadway: Miss Saigon Revival (The Broadway Theatre). TV: “Gotham” (Fox), “Tony Awards 2017” (CBS). NYC Dance: Broadway Bares (2017 & 2018), Broadway Barkada’s LUMIPAD (Alvin Ailey). NYC Concerts: Miss Saigon Reunion Concert (54 Below), A Paradise Lost (Carnegie Hall), NAAP Benefit Concert (Green Room 42), Broadway at W. Select Regional: A Chorus Line (Connie/dance captain), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Chicago (Annie/Roxie u/s), Les Misérables (Eponine). James Madison University, Theatre and Dance ’15. The Mine Agency. @linalee512
Adam Mandala* (Carlos, Padamadan, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Riverside Theatre after being a part of the cast of Evita this past winter. Adam is a proud Jersey native and alum of Temple University. Regional: Mamma Mia (Riverside and Walnut Street Theatre); Newsies (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); West Side Story, On the Town (Finger Lakes MTF). Television: “iCarly” (featured dancer); “30 Rock” (featured role). Adam was also a part of Grease the Musical on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. Endless love to his family and friends. For Grandma Annie and Samantha Cobb. Website: adammandala.com. Instagram: @adammandallla
Kathryn Miller* (Courtney, Mother, Whitney, Ensemble) is happy to be back at Riverside! Riverside: Mamma Mia (Lisa), Saturday Night Fever (Pauline); Walnut Street Theatre: Matilda, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever, Annie, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz, Freckleface Strawberry, A Christmas Carol; Mazeppa Productions: Sweet Charity; The Carnegie: Company, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Sweeney Todd; The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: The Snow Queen. Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice 2015-16. Graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Much love to my family for their endless support! Instagram: @ktmillah88
Owen Pelesh* (Aaron, Ensemble) is very happy to be back! Previously: Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, and Grease. Theatre credits include: Walnut Street Theatre, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, People’s Light, Theatre By The Sea, Arrow Rock Lyceum, and Mauckingbird Theatre Co. Thanks to everyone at Riverside and the welcoming Vero Beach community!www.owenpelesh.com
Jenna Pinchbeck (Enid) OMG! Riverside debut! Stuart, FL native living in Philadelphia. Some of her favorite projects include: Company (Amy), King and I (Anna), Jane Eyre (Jane), Ave Q (Kate), Urinetown (Hope). She is one half of the "Educomedy" Duo Ruth and Estelle who can be seen all over Philly and heard in their Podcast: Learning Through Laughter. When not on stage, Jenna is a Real Estate Agent for Very Real Estate and a Portrait Photographer (JennaPPhotography.com). This is for Gmaw. @jennapinchbeck
Kristyn Pope* (Ensemble, Dance Captain) is grateful to Richard and the Riverside/ Walnut families for this opportunity, with special thanks to Paige at Resolute Artists Agency for her guidance and support. “You have to take risks…We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” ~Paulo Coelho. In loving memory of her incredible mom. Agape…Ps100.
Rebecca Robbins* (Paulette) has been seen on Broadway in A Tale of Two Cities and The Phantom of The Opera and has also toured North America with The Phantom of The Opera frequently playing opera diva Carlotta Guidicelli. Off-Broadway: My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Pajama Game, Fiorello, Fanny, Music in the Air and The New Moon (City Center Encores!), and Wallace Shawn's The Music Teacher (The New Group). She has also been seen in numerous regional theatre productions including 17 shows at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Bernard Havard, Allen Cornell, Richard Stafford, and everyone at Riverside Theatre. www.rebeccarobbins.com
Paul Schoeffler* (Professor Callahan) Broadway: Rock of Ages (Hertz), Sweet Charity (Vidal, opp. Christina Applegate), Peter Pan (Hook, filmed), Sunset Boulevard (DeMille w. Glenn Close), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Cyrano (LeBret), Nine, Victor/Victoria, and Sunday in the Park with George. Numerous Off Broadway including: Wintertime at Second Stage, world premieres of No Way to Treat a Lady, Martin Luther on Trial. National tours: Javert in Les Misérables, Sheldrake in Promises/Promises. Paul has performed many lead roles regionally including world premiers of: Phantom (the Count) by Yeston/Kopit and The Glorious Ones (Flaminio) by Ahrens/Flaherty. Regionally he has received two Barrymore, Broadway World and LA Ovation nominations for various roles including Henry Higgins, Don Quixote and Emil De Becque. Extensive voice-over work for NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, The Cartoon Network and many commercials. TV: guest starring roles on “The Blacklist,” “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order” among others. Best job: dad to Aidan and Ana, husband to Aixa.
Rochelle Scudder* (Ensemble, u/s Elle Woods) is thrilled to make her debut at Riverside Theatre combining her two favorite things, performing and handling animals for stage. She most recently handled a goose and a bunny for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Ferryman. She served as animal supervisor for the brand new NBC series, “The Village,” as well as animal handler for HBO’s “High Maintenance.” Performance credits include: Legally Blonde (Stenographer, u/s Elle, Margot), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), Peter Pan (Wendy), and Annie (Bonnie Boylan). Proud to work for William Berloni Theatrical Animals. Member of Actors Equity. @rochellescudder
Audrey Simmons (Kate/Chutney) is elated to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! Most recently, she was seen in Holiday Inn and Ivy + Bean at The Walnut Street Theatre. Other credits include: Janet Van De Graaff (The Drowsy Chaperone), Judy, Cassie (A Chorus Line), Graziella (West Side Story), Cinderella (Cinderella). Audrey is a proud alum of The University of the Arts where she obtained a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater. Audrey has participated in numerous elite dance intensives around the world and also enjoys teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a recently certified ballroom instructor. www.audreybsimmons.com
Elliott Styles* (Emmett Forrest) doesn't tan well, is afraid of spiders, and hasn't been to Florida since he visited Disney World when he was 10! But is absolutely stoked to be a part of his first show at Riverside, and can't wait to pretend to be at Harvard without getting a 175 on his LSAT! BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan (2018). Regional Theatre: Doctor/Escapologist/u/s Mr. Wormwood - Matilda (Walnut Street Theatre), Action - West Side Story (Virginia Rep.), Robert - Boeing Boeing (Santa Rosa Summer Rep.). Thanks to Matt, Steve, Brent, Vince, Linda, Hannah, Pat, and Max. IG: @erjstyles
Sean Thompson* (Warner Huntington III) is so pleased to make his debut here at Riverside. A proud nominee of the Barrymore Award in Philadelphia and the Henry Award in Denver, Sean starred on Broadway opposite Glenn Close as the Joe Gillis understudy in the Sunset Boulevard revival. On tour, he portrayed Raoul in the original American cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up, Love Never Dies. He is a proud graduate of Temple University and a Philly native. @oneseanthompson
Frankie (Bruiser) was rescued by his guardian/trainer William Berloni in 2008 from the Meriden Humane Society in Meriden, CT for the National touring company of Legally Blonde. Frankie holds the record for doing more performances of Legally Blonde than any human or canine actor. He is an example of how rescue dogs can be stars.
Myrtle (Bulldog) joined Theatrical Animals when William Berloni rescued her in the Fall of 2018 from the Humane Society of New York. She made her acting debut in February 2019, with actors and audiences falling in love with her. She looks forward to carrying the banner of what a rescue dog can do.
Director, Choreographer: Richard Stafford
Music Director: Anne Shuttlesworth
Scenic Designer: Peter Barbieri
Lighting Designer: Jack Mehler
Costume Designer: Kurt Alger
Wig Designer: Dave Bova
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Rita Sirianni
Stage Manager: Amy Bertacini
Assistant Stage Managers: Doug Lamb & Julianne Menassian*