Broadway Actor & Rescue Dog Make Watertown Their Home While Starring in “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Print More
Brian Michael Hoffman will be performing in Moonbox Productions’ “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” (Courtesy Photo)

The following announcement was provided by Moonbox Productions:

Broadway actor, Brian Michael Hoffman and rescue dog Ricky, make Watertown their home while starring in Moonbox Productions upcoming production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach, based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown.

Brian is a professional actor and dog handler with renowned William Berloni Theatrical Animals. Ricky the Chihuahua, who will play Bruiser Woods, is a rescue dog and one of Berloni’s many canine stars. Together, Brian and Ricky have performed in over 20 productions of Legally Blonde: The Musical, including a two-year run on Broadway.

Directed by Katie Anne Clark with musical direction by Mindy Cimini and choreography by Taavon Gamble, Legally Blonde: The Musical opens on December 8th and runs until December 31st at the BCA Calderwood Pavilion – Robert Theatre located at 527 Tremont Street. Tickets are $65 for Friday and Saturday evening performances and Sunday matinee, and $45 for Thursday evening performances and Saturday matinee. Tickets are available at or by calling 617-933-8600. Pay what you wish options are available at the box office.

Ricky the Chihuahua, a rescue dog, will be performing in “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” (Courtesy Photo)

Moonbox Productions’ Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner.  In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law School, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.

The cast of Legally Blonde: The Musical includes Sarah Kelly (Elle Woods), Yewande Odetoyinbo* (Paulette), Will McGarrahan* (Professor Callahan), Darius Williams (Emmett), Keith Robinson (Warner), Kayla Shimizu (Vivienne), Melia Jost (Serena), Ekaterina Hicks-Magaña (Margot), Emily Cochrane (Brooke), Lisa Kate Joyce (Pilar & U/S Elle), Lillian Salazar (Enid & U/S Paulette), Ryan Norton (Ensemble & U/S Warner, Emmett), Brian Michael Hoffman* (Male Ensemble/Dog Handler), Ricky (Bruiser Woods), Carson Hollingsworth (Ensemble), Nate Walsh (Ensemble/Dance Captain), Errol Service (Ensemble), Victoria Santiago (Ensemble), Kara Chu Nelson (Ensemble & U/S Brooke), Eleni Kontzamanys (Ensemble), Ts Bunham (Ensemble), Brandon Wong (Swing) and Lauren Manna (Swing). (* Member of Actors’ Equity Association)

“We are ecstatic to bring this light-hearted, and hilarious musical to the Calderwood Pavilion, and, on top of that, to be collaborating with our very first canine star (who is very pleased to hear that we are partnering for this production with the MSPCA),” said Sharman Altshuler, Producer & Artistic Director for Moonbox Productions. “We have an absolute dream team on stage and off. It will be happy holidays, indeed,” said Altshuler!

The creative and design team includes Sharman Altshuler (Producer), Katie Anne Clark (Director), Mindy Cimini (Music Director), Taavon Gamble (Choreographer), Brian Robillard (Production Stage Manager), Sarabeth Spector (Scenic Designer), Diego Farrell (Technical Director), Finn Bamber (Lighting Designer), Gage Baker (Sound Designer), Jessie Marasco (Production Electrician), Kailey Bennett (Productions Manager/COVID Safety Manager), Sean Watkins (Assistant Production Manager), and Katie Smith (Assistant COVID Safety Manager).

For every performance, Moonbox Productions collaborates with a local non-profit organization to help shed light on their mission, establish meaningful ties within the community, and amplify the influence of their initiatives. For the upcoming performance of Legally Blonde: The Musical, Moonbox is proud to join forces with MSPCA-Angell

The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society. A national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine, the MSPCA provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States and is comprised of four Animal Care and Adoption Centers, Advocacy and Humane Law Enforcement Departments as well as Angell Animal Medical Center; a state-of-the-art teaching hospital providing emergency, specialty and primary care veterinary services.

For more information regarding Moonbox Productions upcoming production of Legally Blonde: The Musical go to

About Moonbox Productions

Moonbox Productions was founded in 2011 by Producer/Artistic Director Sharman Altshuler. Based in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Moonbox is dedicated to supporting local arts and local artists, and to connecting communities to the non-profit organizations that serve them. To fulfill their artistic mission, Moonbox taps the deep well of talent within their own communities to bring top quality theatrical experiences to stages throughout the Greater Boston area. To fulfill their social mission, they partner with a local non-profit organization for each show, giving them visibility on their website and in their promotional materials, as well as giving them access to their audiences in order to raise awareness of their cause, create connections within the community, and increase the reach and impact of their work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *