Sorry, Reese Witherspoon fans: “Legally Blonde 3” is still more than a year and a half away.
But Charlotte will have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the Academy Award-winning actress late this summer when she comes to uptown’s Belk Theater as part of an eight-city national tour to support her debut book, “Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits.”
The book goes on sale Sept. 18; the star will take the stage at Belk at 7:30 p.m. the following evening to “share personal stories,” talk about “how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her family,” and explain to fans “just how easy it is to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into their home, no matter where they live.” She will be joined by “special guests.”
Charlotte will be the third stop on the tour, after New York City and Charleston. Witherspoon then will move on through Birmingham, Ala., Louisville, Ky., Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Waco, Texas. Additional details are at www.whiskeyinateacupbook.com.
Regarding the book’s title, Witherspoon said in a press release: “My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup.’ We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, but we’re strong and fiery on the inside. I’m so excited to travel around the country and meet more strong women and share our stories.”
Witherspoon, 42, was born in New Orleans and spent much of her childhood in Nashville.
Tickets for the “Whiskey in a Teacup Tour” will start at $59 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday. Each ticket will come with a copy of the book. VIP ticket holders will receive a limited-edition Draper James tote bag “filled with some of Reese’s favorite products,” a signed book, and a photo with the author.
There also will be a presale that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It’s for NC Blumenthal Performing Arts members, Broadway Lights season ticket holders, and the Blumenthal’s e-mail club. The e-mail club presale link will go out on Thursday; you can sign up to be on that list here.
Witherspoon won an Oscar for 2005’s “Walk the Line,” in which she portrayed Johnny Cash’s wife June Carter. She was most recently seen on film in “A Wrinkle in Time,” while she also recently starred in “Big Little Lies” for HBO.