Legally Blonde The Musical takes center stage in Philadelphia Dec. 2-7 as part of the Academy of Music’s Cadillac Broadway Series. Pink-loving Delta Nu sorority sister Elle Woods has it all—fabulous friends, a heartthrob for a boyfriend and a fantastic social life. But when her guy trades her for a more “serious” lass, Elle bounces back and defies everyone’s expectations. Chihuahua in hand, she puts aside her superficial interests in pursuit of Harvard Law School—and her man—finding her true self along the way. Director and Tony Award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell teams up with Becky Gulsvig, the Elle understudy in the original Broadway cast, for this bubbly musical. And keep an eye out for Rhiannon Hansen and Lauren Zakrin, two runners-up from the MTV reality show Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. $25-$100. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Broad and Locust streets. Call (215) 731-3333 or visit kimmelcenter.org/broadway. —Kimberly Marini
Join the Philadelphia Singers as they open their 2008-2009 season Dec. 6-7 with “Christmas on Logan Square,” a majestic program of American Christmas favorites from the Revolutionary War period to today. Under the musical direction of David Hayes (pictured), 32 chamber chorus voices—accompanied by organ, oboe and harp—fill the candlelit Saint Clement’s Church with the angelic harmony of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (arranged by Haverford College director of choral activities Tom Lloyd), “While Shepherds Watched,” “Christians Awake,” “Three Nativity Carols,” “Little Tree” and more. The evening concludes with a Christmas carol sing-along. $32-$43. 5 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 20th and Cherry streets, Philadelphia. Call (215) 751-9494 or visit philadelphiasingers.org. —Shannon Hallamyer
This New Year’s Day, Philadelphia’s Mummers Fancy Brigade celebrates a half-century of vibrant, fanciful costume design by Bob Finnigan. Mummers fans can witness all the glitter and glory of Finnigan’s work Jan. 1 at the annual Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale, an elaborate, energy-packed, family-friendly indoor spectacle of over 2,500 strutters and 24-foot-high props. And Dec. 27-Jan. 1, $3 gets you into MummersFest for the featured walk-through costume exhibit of Finnigan’s work, plus make-and-take crafts, 30-minute backstage tours, and the opportunity to strut your stuff in bona-fide Mummers bling. Fancy Brigade Finale: noon and 5 p.m.; $13-$19, kids 3 and under free. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Hall C, Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit ticketphiladelphia.org and fancybrigade.com. —S.H.