#8216;Gentlemen Prefer Blondes#039; arrives on Ritz stage next week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 16, 2006

The comedic misadventures of a pair of diva flappers on the high seas and abroad

will come to the stage of the Ritz Theatre next Monday night, February 20.

The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. for the Windwood Productions musical &#8220Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” the final production of the 2005-2006 season for the Greenville Area Arts Council (GAAC).

&#8220This will be a fun, family-friendly show all ages can enjoy,” Bobbie Gamble, GAAC membership chairman, said.

Based on a novel by Anita Loos, featuring music by Jule Styne and Leo Robin, the story first debuted as a Broadway musical for Great White Way icon Carol Channing in 1949.

In 1953, the story was taken to the silver screen as a vehicle for newest blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, who co-starred with Jayne Russell.

With unforgettable tunes like &#8220Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend” performed by a live orchestra, fun 20s-era costumes and energetic dancing, &#8220Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” promises to deliver great entertainment as the audience follows the adventures of a so-called gold-digging &#8220dumb” blonde, Lorelei Lee and her brunette chorus girl pal, Dorothy Shaw.

Tickets are on sale at The Pineapple and are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the box office that evening.

&#8220Come and join us for a delightful evening of live entertainment,” Gamble said.