‘Legally Blonde’ director, screenwriters to join DAF screening

As Elle says in the 2001 cult classic film Legally Blonde: “Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”

We are so not shooting any husbands, because we are very happy people.

The Alamo Drafthouse Denver has just announced that Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah will come to Denver for a special screening of the film on Monday, May 23, benefiting the Denver Actors Fund. Luketic’s films include The Ugly Truth, Killers, Paranoia and 21. McCullah and Smith were screenwriters on 10 Things I Hate About You and The Ugly Truth.

legally-blonde-posterAlamo Drafthouse General Manager Walter Shaw will conduct a Q&A with all three guests after the screening, followed by an autograph-signing in the lobby.

You know the story, right? When a blonde sorority queen (Reese Witherspoon) is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

Denver Actors Fund Presents …  is a monthly film series featuring titles that are also being staged by a partnering local theatre company. Next month, the nearby Town Hall Arts Center will be staging the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Legally Blonde: The Musical from May 20-June 19 in downtown Littleton. That production is directed by Nick Sugar. Cast members from the show will provide pre-screening entertainment and giveaways at the May 23 Alamo event beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the film following at 7.

Half of all ticket proceeds will benefit the Denver Actors Fund, which provides financial relief and functional support to members of the local theatre community in medical need. In less than three years, the fund has distributed more than $42,000 and logged hundreds of volunteer service hours.

Robert LuketicAfter Legally Blonde on May 23, Denver Actors Fund Presents … will screen Footloose, with entertainment by  BDT Stage, on June 20, followed by Little Shop of Horrors, with entertainment by Miners Alley Playhouse, on July 25.

Ticket information:

Warner Huntington III: You got into the Alamo Drafthouse? 

Elle: What? Like it’s hard?

Warner Huntington III: Not if you get tour tickets in advance. All seating is reserved.

When: Monday, May 23

6 p.m.: Doors open

6:30 p.m.: Entertainment by Town Hall Arts Center’s cast of Legally Blonde

7 p.m.: Legally Blonde Screening

Alamo Drafthouse is located at 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120, in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center. MAP IT.

Advance purchase strongly encouraged.

To reserve tickets to Legally Blonde on May 23, click here.

To reserve tickets to Footloose on June 20, click here.

For information on the Town Hall Arts Center’s upcoming staging of Legally Blonde: The Musical, click here.

Evening of songs to honor Brenda Billings at Hard Rock Cafe

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The Denver Actors Fund will present an evening of songs on Tuesday, May 10, in honor of its late President, Brenda Billings.

Billings was the co-Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse, President of the Denver Actors Fund and a longtime contributor to Colorado’s non-profit community. She died April 13 of complications Brenda Hard Rock 3from a sudden brain hemorrhage while conducting auditions for her next production, Little Shop of Horrors. She was 57.

Read our tribute to Brenda Billings

“Be Brave” will feature songs from musicals directed by Billings and performed by returning cast members from Hair, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, Godspell, Songs For a New World and more. The Emcee will be Paul Dwyer and the Musical Director will be Mitch Samu. A complete list of performers will be announced as the event draws closer.

The venue is being donated by the Denver Hard Rock Cafe at Glenarm Place and the 16th Street Mall. “We are glad to help, especially during this difficult time for everyone in the arts community,” said John Lindsay, Hard Rock Cafe’s Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. “We’ll make this a great event and celebration of her life.”

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Daughters Jacquie Jo and Jamie Billings sang “Purple Summer” at their mother’s memorial celebration earlier this week.

Tickets are $25 and will equally benefit the Denver Actors Fund and Miners Alley Playhouse.

Advance purchase is strongly recommended as maximum capacity is just 150.

Participating local theatres including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are donating tickets to upcoming performances that will be bundled into three silent-auction packages.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE TICKETS

For additional information, email denveractorsfund@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Heidi Bosk of the DCPA.

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