"Legally Blonde' to come to GPAC March 23

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Mar. 3—PEMBROKE — America's favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who's in charge (again) as "Legally Blonde: The Musical" comes March 23 to the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The "ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power," "Legally Blonde" will take the audience from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice with its coming-of-age story.

Based on the iconic movie, "Legally Blonde" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams and proves, contrary to dated bias, that you can be both legally blonde and the most intelligent person in the room.

Things are groovy for Elle Woods, but suddenly her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her brain and ingenuity to get admitted to Harvard. School begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and strengths as she sets out to change the narrative.

This contemporary, topical story touches on many hot-button issues while showcasing "memorable" songs and "explosive" dances.

Tickets for Legally Blonde are on sale now and range from $39 to $49. Tickets can be purchased online at uncp.edu/gpac, by phone at 910-521-6361 or in the GPAC lobby. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more UNCP alumni, students, and children under 12. For more information, call the Ticket Office. The show is sponsored by Allen Orthopedics.

A pre-show dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the UC Annex next door to GPAC. Tickets to the dinner are $35 each. Dinners are sold separately and can be purchased online or in the Ticket Office.

Wings: Dublin Irish Dance

Prior to the musical, GPAC will feature a performance by Wings: Dublin Irish Dance at 7:30 p.m. March 13.

Tickets are on sale, ranging from $31 to $41 in price.

Wings: Dublin Irish Dance is a new dance production created in Ireland by a critically acclaimed artistic team. The show features Irish and world-champion dancers together with Ireland's finest musical and vocal virtuosos. The cast has performed in Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman.

Complete with original music by Eric Cunningham and choreography by Alan Scarriff, this original production, infused with world dance and musical influences, is expected to "thrill audiences with its transformative emotional energy and imaginative design."

A pre-show dinner will be at 6 p.m. in the University Center Annex. The dinner will include Irish rolls and butter, cucumber clementine salad, coddled pork loin chops with mustard crème leeks sauce, potato cake, roasted balsamic Brussel sprouts, chard tomato, vegetarian shepherd's pie and an apple cake tart.

Tickets to the dinner are sold separately.

Other upcoming GPAC shows include the 25th anniversary national Broadway tour of Chicago on April 27.