Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a zany musical that follows the madcap adventures of chorus girl Lorelei Lee, a role made famous on Broadway by Carol Channing in 1949 and on screen by Marilyn Monroe in 1953.
The musical will come to the Coronado Theatre in Rockford for one performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13.
Set in the roaring 20s, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes tells the story of fun-loving and hedonistic gold-digger Lorelei Lee and her sail aboard the Ile de France to Paris with her chum, Dorothy Shaw.
The score is packed with lively, chipper melodies neatly evoking the fancy-free age of the late 20s. Tuneful melodies such as A Little Girl From Little Rock, I Love What Im Doing, Just A Kiss Apart, Bye Bye Baby, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Im A Tingle, Im Aglow and, of course, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend are just a few of the gems from the collaboration of Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Sugar) and lyricist Leo Robin (Lorelei).
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is produced by Windwood Productions. Windwood produced the national tours of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Barry Manilows Copacabana and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Windwoods 2005 tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan, has received enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and presenters across the country. Sloan returns to direct and choreograph Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Special discounts are available for Broadway at the Coronado season subscribers by calling 968-5222. Groups of 20 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 968-5600.
From the April 12-18, 2006, issue