Friday, January 21, 2011

Going blonde on stage

OK, I don't care how much you are into the whole world of musicals, this is still a little weird.
“Legally Blonde,” the latest film-to-stage musical adaptation to play the Majestic Theatre, opens with a big burst of energy and never lets up.

The show follows the 2001 film's storyline pretty closely. Elle Woods (scrappily portrayed by Nikki Bohne), a sunny sorority gal who virtually everyone dismisses as vapid, is crushed when her beloved boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Matthew Ragas) dumps her the very night she was expecting a marriage proposal. To win him back, she follows him to Harvard University's law program, where she surprises everyone, including herself, when she scores a spot on the defense team for a high-profile murder trial. (No one is terribly surprised when she winds up seeing Warner for the jerk that he is and upgrades to a better guy.)

Heather Hach, who wrote the show's book, makes a few small changes that serve the story well. For one thing, there are just enough updated references — Bruiser, Elle's fashion-forward Chihuahua (played by the adorable Frankie) is a “Glee” fan, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is name-checked — to make the show current without going overboard.
(from the Express-News)

I think I'll pass.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Legally Blah...