The hit Broadway musical Legally Blonde will begin a national tour on Sept. 23 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI. The musical is based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy of the same name, and on Broadway, the show consistently ranked among the top 20 productions on the Great White Way. The show will be on the road for a year, finishing up its run in Costa Mesa, CA in September 2009.

Jerry Mitchell, a Tony-Award winning choreographer who directed the Broadway show, will direct and choreograph the upcoming tour as well. The book is by Heather Hach and the score is by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The MTV version of musical was a hit when it aired on Oct. 13, 2007, attracting a young audience.

Casting will be announced soon. Additional dates are likely to be added in the coming months.

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Legally Blonde: The Musical national tour cities and dates:

Providence, RI (Sept. 23-28);
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 30-Oct. 12)
Rochester, NY (Oct. 21-26)
Schenectady, NY (Nov. 25-30)
Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 2-7)
Hartford, CT (Dec. 9-14)
Washington, DC (Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 2009)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 13-18, 2009)
St. Louis, MO (Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2009)
Houston, TX (Feb. 10-22, 2009)
Orlando, FL (March 10-15, 2009)
West Palm Beach, FL (March 17-22, 2009)
Greenville, SC (March 24-29, 2009)
Durham, NC (April 14-19, 2009)
Charlotte, NC (April 21-26, 2009)
St. Paul, MO (April 28-May 10, 2009)
Dayton, OH (June 16-21, 2009)
Kansas City, MO (June 30-July 5, 2009)
Atlanta, GA (July 14-19, 2009)
Dallas, TX (July 21-Aug. 9, 2009)
Costa Mesa, CA (Sept. 8-20, 2009)