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Snowstorm Strands `Blonde' Performers

Snowstorm Strands `Blonde' Performers

Rehearsals have started at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre for the Broadway-bound musical version of "Legally Blonde," but without the services of two of its performers.
They were on their way Tuesday, after being stuck for 24 hours over a snowy weekend in a Wal-Mart parking lot near Sidney, Neb., about 50 miles east of the Wyoming state line.
"We began rolling a couple of hours ago," Al Albert, a private transporter said in a telephone interview before heading south to Salt Lake City to drop off other passengers before heading to California.
The driver's two theater stars: a fawn-tan chihuahua named Teddy and a bulldog named Chloe. Teddy is the understudy for Bruiser, the lead dog in the show, and Chloe plays another pup in the musical. It begins performances Jan. 23 in San Francisco for a run through Feb. 24.
Albert is the owner of Triple A Pet Transport, a Manchester, Conn.-based company that carts dogs and cats around the country. He and his cargo left Connecticut Jan. 3 and traveled south to Virginia and then up to Chicago dropping off clients before heading west.
"Chloe is tired of winter, but she is comfortable now," said Albert, a 20-year veteran of driving trucks.
The dogs ride in crates in Albert's van. "There's too much jealousy when they ride on seats (in the van)," Albert said. "Plus, we have a couple of stars on board." They hope to be in San Francisco by Friday.
"I expect clear weather from now on in," the driver said.
"Legally Blonde," a stage adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon movie and the novel by Amanda Grown, opens April 29 at the Palace Theatre in New York. Previews begin April 3.
The musical stars Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods, a determined young woman who, when dumped by her boyfriend, goes to Harvard Law School, which her ex also attends. The show has music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe and a book by Heather Hach.
"Legally Blonde" marks the Broadway directorial debut of Jerry Mitchell, who won a 2005 Tony Award for his choreography for the revival of "La Cage aux Folles."


Updated : 2021-10-17 07:20 GMT+08:00