Celebrate the dog days of summer with a Dalmatian Treat

By Sue Suchyta

The Fox Theatre celebrates the dog days of summer, as tickets go on sale for “The 101 Dalmatians Musical.” This classic family favorite comes to the stage for the first time this year, and is scheduled to play the Fox Theatre for seven performances, Nov. 17 to 22.

Based on the book by Dodie Smith, the musical features the creative talents of an award-winning creative team that includes four-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks (“A Bronx Tale,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Guys and Dolls”), acclaimed bookwriter/co-lyricist BT McNicholl (“Billy Elliot,” “Spamalot,” “The IT Girl”), and co-founder of the legendary rock band Styx, Dennis DeYoung. “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” is a quirky, upside-down view of the world, where the audience is allowed to see life from a dog’s point of view. The stage musical will transport audiences to an exciting show filled with energetic song, dance and spectacle. Tickets range from $20 to $72 and are on sale at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, and at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For a group discount or to become a subscriber and save up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more shows in the My Foxtown Theater Series, call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ comes to the Fisher

“Legally Blonde The Musical” makes its Detroit debut at the Fisher Theatre Oct. 15 to Nov. 1. Like the movie, Elle Woods is unique and optimistic – and she doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle remakes her self and shows she has what it takes to go to Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle discovers strengths she never knew she had.

During its first year on Broadway in 2007, “Legally Blonde The Musical” earned seven Tony Award nominations, 10 Drama Desk Award nominations, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. The chorus of the musical was honored by Actors’ Equity Association’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs with the first ever ACCA Award. The musical also ranked in the top 10 list of the most requested Ticketmaster Arts and Theatre Events for 2007.

As on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell is the director and choreographer. Music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach.

“Legally Blonde The Musical” will run Oct. 15 to Nov. 1 at the Fisher Theatre, at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with a Thursday matinee Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Saturday matinee performances are at 2 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances at 1 p.m. There will also be a Sunday evening performance Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. (There are no evening performances Oct. 18 or Nov. 1.)

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of “Legally Blonde The Musical” range from $30 to $80 (including parking) and are available now at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 982-2787, and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com. Limited premium seats will be available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) call (313) 871-1132.

For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or go to www.broadwayindetroit.com.