Theater Talk with Brittany Lacey
Theatre Three in Port Jefferson is
gearing up for its next Mainstage production, “Legally Blonde:
The Musical,” which will open on Saturday, Sept. 17. The role of
Elle Woods will be played by 28-year-old Brittany Lacey, best
known to Theatre Three regulars as Mimi in “Rent” and as Belle
in “A Christmas Carol” when she was a company member there from
2010 to 2012. I had the opportunity to sit down with Brittany
before rehearsals last Friday night to ask her about her latest
Why did you decide to audition for the role
of Elle Woods?
This is a dream role of mine and
having the chance to perform it here at Theatre Three makes it
even more special. It’s like I’m coming home and now I’m doing
something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m a huge fan of Reese
Witherspoon. I love her! I think she’s very funny and talented.
Of course, I don’t know her personally, but she seems like such
a good person — like Hollywood hasn’t gotten to her.
What is your favorite scene in the show?
just discovered it the other day. My favorite scene is “What You
Want.” The song has three parts to it and all are great! Our
choreographer, Whitney Stone, came up with this amazing dance
and it’s just a lot of fun. It’s like one big party on stage. A
lot of the cast is involved in the number. I like when you’re on
stage with everyone else because you’re able to share everyone
else’s energy and I think it makes it a more memorable
What is your favorite song in the
“Take It Like A Man.” That has become my
favorite one. I don’t know what it is about it — I love singing
it. I play it opposite Brett Chizever (in the role of Emmett
Forrest). It’s a real joy. Brett is great. How many weeks does
the cast rehearse before production? Four or five weeks … I’m
not exactly sure. Because most people work during the day, we
rehearse from 7:15 at night to 10:30 and then on weekends, we’ll
have five-hour rehearsals. It’s a lot of repetition and
practice. And, after I go home, it’s all I listen to. I drive my
boyfriend crazy making him run lines with me!
What is it like working with the director, Jeffrey Sanzel?
I love working with Jeff. He’s a strict director,
but in a good way. Jeff cares about everyone on that stage and
what they’re doing. He really works with you to make sure you’re
comfortable. It’s all about putting out a great product and
everyone feeling proud of their performance. What is it like
working with your castmates? I only knew a handful of them going
in, and everyone is so nice. This cast is very supportive. I
haven’t had that in a while so it’s really, really nice.
Who is playing the role of the UPS guy? Is he cute?
He’s so much younger than me — am I allowed to answer that? But
no, the ladies will be quite happy with who they’re watching up
there. Kyle Breitenbach is doing a great job with the role. He’s
I noticed the show will have a real
dog in the role of Bruiser Woods. What is she like?
Her name is Taxi, like a taxi cab. She’s a chihuahua. Caitlin
Nofi (who plays Vivienne in the show) has a friend who was kind
enough to lend us Taxi, and she’s a star! She came in with a
pink and purple bow around her neck and owned that stage. And
she’s so good! She’s calm.
Have you ever
performed on stage with an animal before?
don’t think so! I’ve played a lot of animals, but no I don’t
think I’ve ever had one on stage. It definitely makes me nervous
because you just want the animal to feel okay up there. You
don’t want to scare it. It’s fun though! It’s different, because
at the end of the day, you’ll see what she wants to do. If she
wants to prance around the stage, she’s going to prance and
we’re going to let her.
What is it like being a
part of a production at Theatre Three?
great experience. I feel like this theater tries to make it feel
like a home for their actors and that you’re a part of their
family. You don’t always get that in other places. Everyone
works really hard because they just put their whole heart into
it, and that is another reason I love to come back here. Jeff
[Sanzel] is the leading force of that. The heart he has for
theater, for this theater in general, is ginormous. It’s great
because then that falls onto the rest of us and it makes you
want to put even more effort into the show.
Why should people come see the show?
Because we really want you to! No, no, I think we’re putting a
lot of hard work into it. We’re just getting into tech week, but
I believe we’re putting out a really good production and I hope
it’s fun for them. We promise to entertain you! We all love what
we’re doing, so I think that always translates to the audience.
If we’re having fun, hopefully that means they’re having fun
Do you have a favorite spot in Port
Jefferson that you like to go to?
As soon as
rehearsal’s over, I go down to Ralph’s. I love my ices and ice
cream! It’s like my after rehearsal treat. What are your plans
after this? I don’t have any definitive plans yet, but I’m sure
it will involve auditioning. A lot of this job, of being an
actor, is putting yourself out there and hoping that casting
directors like what you have to offer. Anything else you would
like to add? I’m having fun, I’m loving this experience and I
can’t wait to open this show!
Legally Blonde Review: Light-haired and lighthearted
by Steve Parks, September 20, 2016
As you might expect, a
character named for Elle magazine is more concerned with
appearance than substance. She doesn’t read Elle for the
articles. She flips through to ogle the photos.
Blonde the Musical,” now sashaying across the stage at Theatre
Three in Port Jefferson, we meet Elle Woods at UCLA’s Delta Nu
sorority, where her sisters join in a chorus of “Omigod You
Guys” as she prepares for the most important date in her life:
She’s anticipating a bended-knee proposal by boyfriend Warner
Huntington III, bound for Harvard Law School. Instead, he dumps
her at dinner, explaining in song that he needs to get “Serious”
if he’s to snag a wife who’d be an asset to his political
Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese
Witherspoon and on Amanda Brown’s novel, the 2007 Broadway
musical — nominated for seven Tonys but winning none when
“Spring Awakening” obliterated the field — “Legally Blonde”
follows the unlikely trajectory of Elle’s plan to retrieve her
man. A 4.0 graduate in fashion, Elle (a vivacious-in-pink
Brittany Lacey) applies to and is accepted at Harvard Law, where
Warner (Chris Brady) is already engaged to a “serious” brunette
(Caitlin Nofi). Elle contemplates life as a brunette until her
hairdresser talks her out of it: Sari Feldman in an artfully
realized comic role gives women equal rights to objectify men,
particularly a hunky UPS delivery guy (Kyle Breitenbach).
Mentored by prospective law intern Emmett, played with
earnestly nerdy charm by Brett Chizever, Elle garners the
attention of Professor Callahan, a snarly Steve McCoy (“Blood in
the water/sharks and chum”), as she wins the confidence of a
murder-trial defendant, maybe not so innocent as portrayed by
Lisa Ganz. A Greek chorus (Amanda Geraci, Jenna Kavaler, Rachel
Greenblatt and Emily Gates) accessorize Elle’s quest with
delightful diversion as Lacey sells the title character’s
determination with counter-intuitive logic. The trial’s turning
point may give some cause for complaint in the
stereotype-on-steroids numbers “Bend and Snap” and “There! Right
There!,” featuring the refrain “Is he gay or European?” Funny
but borderline PI (politically incorrect)? You decide.
Jeffrey Sanzel’s direction and Whitney Stone’s choreography keep
“Blonde” in the pink (various shades by costume designer Su Jung
Weaver), efficiently framed by Randall Parsons’
color-coordinated set. Jeffrey Hoffman’s seven-piece orchestra
throbs with a high-heeled beat.
What’s wrong with
lightweight fun in heavyweight times?
the DC Metro Theatre Arts Review of Legally Blonde
the Three Village Times Review of Legally Blonde
the BroadwayWorld.com Review of Legally Blonde
the Smithtown Matters Review of Legally Blonde