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Broadway battle: ‘Les Miz’ vs. ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’

Les Miz or Legally Blonde: What are you seeing this weekend?
Legally Blonde photo by Steve E Photography

We’re not sure how this happened, but two eternally memorable productions got scheduled at the exact same time: Les Misérables and Legally Blonde The Musical. To help you decide which to go see, we’ve offered up our own Tale of the Tape on the key figures of each show: Les Miz’s Jean Valjean and Blonde’s Elle Woods:

They steal:

Jean Valjean: A loaf of bread; silver (well, kind of ... )

Elle Woods: Our hearts

They’re good at:

Jean Valjean: Escaping from prison, fraud, surviving the riots of the French revolution

Elle Woods: Bedazzling, helping celebrities avoid fashion emergencies at Fred Segal

Their defining moment is:

Jean Valjean: Freeing his nemesis, Javert, instead of executing him

Elle Woods: Upholding attorney-client privilege by refusing to reveal that her former fitness instructor had liposuction

Song that defines the character:

Jean Valjean: “Valjean’s Soliloquy/(What Have I Done?)”

Elle Woods: “Bend and Snap”

Les Misérables August 8-11; Wednesday & Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; $36-$168. Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, 749-2012.

Legally Blonde the Musical August 8-24, Wednesday-Saturday, 8:05 p.m., $12-$20. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park,

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  • An unnamed woman struggles to balance drone piloting and home life in the one-woman show.

  • It’s not all bad. Cast members deliver vividly.

  • While the laughs are big in this little production, the story it tells proves that dress up is so much more serious than play.

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