Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Coronado April 13

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.

Tickets range in price from $30 to $50, and can be purchased at the MetroCentre box office, online at or by calling 968-5222.

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 I’m Doing,” “Just A Kiss Apart,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “I’m A Tingle, I’m Aglow” and, of course, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s 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 Manilow’s Copacabana and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Windwood’s 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

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