Lawyer Show 2017

Legally Blonde: The Musical
June 8-10, 2017 | St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Directed by Kelly Thornton


The Lawyer Show is Nightwood Theatre’s main annual fundraiser. This June, supported by a team of professional directors, vocal coaches, choreographers and crew, 35 members of the legal community will take to the stage at the prestigious St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts to perform the 8th annual Lawyer Show: Legally Blonde the Musical!

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Amy Maree Pollitt, The Canadian Music Centre
André Chamberlain, Prosecution Service of Canada
Anthea Cheung, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Astrid Mrkich, Ombudsman Ontario
Brent Vickar, Vickar LLB
Catherine Wiley, Manulife Financial
Cathy Bate, Miller Thomson LLP
Charles Beall, Bales Beall
Christine Marchetti, Stanchieri Family Law
Christine Rahman
Courtney Evans, TD Securities
Craig Allardyce, First Asset Investment Management
Danny Kastner, Kastner Law
Dany Horovitz, TD Bank Group
David Sazant, Thompson, Tooze, McLean & Elkin
Diane Baker Mason
Doug Banwell, ellwood Associates Inc.
Edina Cavalli, Royal Bank of Canada
Garrett Zehr, Legal Aid Ontario
Heidi LeBlanc, Rapley & Company
Henry Gluch, Justice Canada
Ilana Ludwin, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Jennifer A Whincup, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
John McGowan, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
John Sorensen, Gowlings
Karen Franklin
Karen Jackson, Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Kate A. McNeece, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Khrystina McMillan, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Laleh Hedayati, Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP
Leo Salloum, Grill Barristers
Marah S Smith, Ontario Securities Commission
Melanie Herbin, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario
Nisha Kumar, MoneyKey
Pamela Grace, Bank of Montreal
Russell Silverstein
Shelley Hobbs, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Sophia Javed, The Globe and Mail
Steven Kennedy, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Tamar Witelson, METRAC Action on Violence
Tamara Zdravkovic, Anderson Wilson LLP



In choosing our show each year we have many considerations. We always consider casting to be the central issue. As a fundraiser we need a show that has a large cast - 35 to be exact - and has substantial opportunity for chorus members.  While musicals seem to be an obvious choice to accommodate this some just don’t actually cut it in terms of chorus. We also consider age diversity to accommodate the many interested lawyers we have of all ages.

We also have found in our research that the musical as a genre suffers quite widely from sexism and there are many low scoring musicals that have become classics. As a feminist theatre company we want to be mindful of this even if the Lawyer Show falls slightly outside of our mandate. After all it wasn’t Wilma Shakespeare who wrote all those wonderful Lawyer Shows of the past.

So we sniffed around for the smartest, funniest, feminist story we could find and we found a doozey. It has the largest and most interesting chorus we’ve ever had, with many chorus speaking parts even! It has many, many great roles, with a diversity of ages, types and levels of sing-ability.

Some enticing facts about this musical that may be of interest: 

This musical was first a book, then a movie, then on stage.
This musical was doing over a million dollars a week in its first run on Broadway.
This musical was written by a woman, about a character who finds her voice.
It features live animals, a lot of pink and a lead character who became an inspiration to a generation of young women and girls.
This musical features a Greek chorus of sorority sisters.
This musical is about the world of law.
This musical was given permission by Harvard to use its name because they said the script was really smart.
This musical takes on sexual harassment and smashes stereotypes.
It features a Fedex deliveryman in hot pants, a very silly spoof of Riverdance, show stoppers such as “Gay or European” and has left us all with the cultural legacy of the Bend and Snap.
This musical is blonde.
Legally Blonde.

-Kelly Thornton

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