A spirited musical, two rock and roll tribute artists and a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter are among this weekend’s top events in the Hudson Valley.
Friday-Sunday: ‘Legally Blonde’ in Rhinebeck
What started as a popular Reese Witherspoon movie transitioned gracefully into a seven-time Tony Award nominee. Kevin Archambault directs and choreographs this adaptation for the Center for Performing Arts stage, where audience members will be introduced to (or reacquainted with) the perky, positive Elle Woods, the fictional attorney who studies at Harvard Law and faces her share of adversity and hilarity in the process.
When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 27-28; 3 p.m., Sunday, July 29; additional performances through Aug. 19
Info: The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $26 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and children
Saturday: The Piano Men at Westchester Broadway Theatre
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billy Joel and Elton John the last time they toured, Jeff Scott and Jeff Brewer will do their best to provide the next best thing. Taking the stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Brewer and Scott will perform hits of Joel and John, respectively. They’ll be backed by the live band Shear Energy, featuring Jamie Shear.
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28
Info: Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; 914-592-2222; www.broadwaytheatre.com; $80 for dinner and the show, excluding tax, tip and drinks
Saturday: Marc Cohn at Bearsville Theater
On the stage, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is best known for his breakthrough hit, “Walking in Memphis,” which continues to get steady play on adult-contemporary radio stations. Off it, he’s also known for being fortunate following an unfortunate encounter; after a 2005 concert, he was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking, but was released from the hospital the next day. Things have been better of late for Cohn, who routinely performs in the Hudson Valley, including this Saturday in Woodstock.
When: 9 p.m., Saturday, July 28
Info: Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; 845-679-4406; www.bearsvilletheater.com; $35-$60