Coming Up: Happy, snappy ‘Legally Blonde’ at Riverside

OMG, you guys! Broadway’s fabulous, sassy tribute to Girl Power – “Legally Blonde, The Musical” – opens at Riverside Theatre this coming Tuesday, April 16. Seriously. It’s based on the hit film “Legally Blonde,” and, says the Riverside promo, it follows effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods as she faces “stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams,” and proves you can be legally blonde and … wait for it … “still the smartest person in the room.” Elle’s seemingly perfect life is upset when her (jerk) boyfriend ditches her and leaves to attend Harvard Law. To get him back, Elle decides she’ll go to Harvard Law, too, which literally everyone thinks is beyond ridiculous. But, as it turns out, everyone is … how shall we put it … “Wrong.” Elle, with the support of her new, true friends and her chihuahua, Bruiser, realizes her potential and “sets out to make everyone a believer.” The New York Times calls it “a high-energy … hymn to the glories of girlishness.” “Legally Blonde” is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the hit film starring Reese Witherspoon. With catchy songs and high-energy choreography “from the sorority house to the halls of justice,” this is one happy, funny, inspiring show you’ll totally enjoy. One final note: watch for the Bend and Snap. “Legally Blonde” runs through May 5. Times: Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets $35 to $85. 772-231-6990.

You’ll find yourself smiling. The enchanting, vibrant, colorful pastels of Harvard grad, architect, urban planner, sailor, teacher and artist George Pillorge – “Figures, Flowers and Foliage” – brighten the month of April at Gallery 14. In the midst of Vero’s burgeoning arts district, along and around the 14th Avenue corridor, Gallery 14 is one of the several you must carve out a leisurely few hours to visit. It exhibits the diverse work of its eight owner/artists as well as that of the nine artists it represents. According to the artist’s bio, Pillorge taught, then practiced architecture for 28 years in Baltimore. When he retired, he and wife Debbie literally sailed off into the sunset on their 44-foot boat, The Puffin, exploring the world from Maine to Venezuela, which became a life-changing adventure. Pillorge translated his architectural drawing abilities into the freer, more expressive realm of fine art, and has become an award-winning, sought-after artist. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 772-562-5525.

Let’s hang out downtown a little more. One of the art district’s most popular hangouts is the Kilted Mermaid, with its warm, artsy vibe, good food and bevs, and live music on Wednesdays and weekends. Kick Hump Day into gear with Rowan’s Irish Rebels putting a bit of music and blarney into Happy Hour, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, this Friday, April 12, it’s Two Dad Doodad, catchy tunes with one dad on guitar, and one on bass. Saturday, a brand-new Indie rock band out of L.A., the McFarland Band, brings the music. They describe themselves thus: “Mash Reverend Horton Heat, Social D and the Mat’s and you pretty much get McFarland.” Smokey-voiced Florida singer/songwriter Abby Owens will play at the Mermaid on Sunday. Next Friday, April 19, Jon Prestage brings his one-man Florida Swamp Blues show, featuring originals, Florida folk songs, ragtime finger picking, old country and, of course, blues. Some of his instruments are handmade, and he’ll likely play several at once Times: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You might know fresh-faced, genial Michael Carbonaro from his TV show “The Carbonaro Effect,” or maybe from his hidden-camera “magic clerk” segments on the “Tonight Show,” or on Comedy Central. Or not. Either way, you’ll likely really enjoy his “Michael Carbonaro Live!” show, coming to the King Center in Melbourne this very Saturday, April 13. Carbonaro does magic with his own appealing twist, and on Saturday you’ll get to find out what it feels like, as the King Center promo says, to be on “the other side of Michael, as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable.” The 42-year-old Long Island, N.Y., native will bring his signature blend of “bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic, live on stage!” Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: start at $44. 321-242-2219.

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