Who can overlook the rose-colored optimism of Reese Witherspoon’s perky efficiency as Elle Wooden within the 2001 movie Legally Blonde? Nicely, take a look at the musical primarily based on that film now enjoying at Rockville Musical Theatre and see how Maura Lacy delivers Elle Wooden’s spunky power and blonde ambition with the 5-Hour Vitality blast of a Lakers Women cheerleader!
Lacy seamlessly channels the roller-coaster feelings of the Malibu materials lady and Delta Nu sorority queen, who seems to have all of it till her pretentious boyfriend Warner performed by Adam Greczkowski dumps her so he can attend Harvard Legislation, and Elle finds out that he prefers a Jackie, as in Kennedy, over a Marilyn, as in Monroe, for a future spouse.
What makes this Legally Blonde the Musical work like a appeal is the unimaginable choreography by Haley North, as within the over-the-top Harvard admissions cheerleading scene that units the high-energy tone for the night: Elle leads a 12-member pep rally squad plus a 4-man marching band in a rousing rendition of “What You Need,” which blows the admissions committee away, and nails her ticket to Harvard Legislation Faculty!
The modern dance strikes of the ensemble led by Raymond Ingram as Grandmaster Chad and Alexandra Chad as Pilar fill the stage with twerking, grinding, and fitness-class power that’s completely complemented by the vocal chemistry of Elle’s ever-present refrain organized by Matthew Dohm and Chad Rabago.
The quirky characters who encompass Elle and fill out the solid additionally make the musical work. The chemistry between Paulette, the wonder salon doormat performed by Alyssa Wellman Houde, and Kyle, the UPS supply man in horny shorts performed by Raymond Ingram, units the stage for Elle’s “Bend and Snap” lesson, which wins Kyle’s coronary heart. It additionally offers Elle a chance to flex her authorized chops as she makes use of her information of frequent regulation marriage and neighborhood property to liberate Paulette’s Labrador Bodie, who together with Elle’s fixed chihuahua companion Bruiser provides pet-friendly appeal to the present.
The climax of Elle’s triumphant regulation faculty journey comes throughout the trial of accused assassin and health queen Brooke Wyndham, performed to a perky flip by Katie Desch: Elle makes use of her appeal and cosmetology information to win Brooke’s confidence and convinces the choose that the true killer was the jealous daughter Margot with the unhealthy perm, performed by Camryn Powers.
Elle’s instinct additionally ferrets out the true id of Nikos the pool boy, who lies about an affair with Brooke. Elle’s gaydar outs Nikos when his lover Carlos (Chad Rabago enjoying a twin position as co-vocal director and actor) blows his cowl within the Queer spotlight of the present: The courtroom decorum is interrupted by an over-the-top “Homosexual or European” quantity with streaming confetti and an LGBTQ flag that brings the home down.
However not earlier than Brooke “Whipped Into Form” her fellow inmates on the Boston Ladies’s Correctional Facility. Carrying an orange jumpsuit, she demonstrates her health strikes to a grimy dozen future felons with leap ropes, which kicks off the second act on one other high-energy observe.
The musical departs from the film’s unique courtroom scene and takes the motion to the “Scene of the Crime” as one of many final farcical set adjustments has the Decide sitting on a commode, and Margot’s perm going flat as she emerges from behind the bathe curtains and confesses her crime!
Simply whenever you thought you had seen all of it, the corporate refrain breaks into an Irish Riverdance jig, the background set turns inexperienced, and Paulette and Kyle lead the dance firm in an Irish reprise.
Legally Blonde the Musical marvels the viewers with spot-on dance choreography and compelling vocals that preserve the musical transferring at a breakneck tempo. However it’s Maura Lacy’s “Chip On My Shoulder” confidence — and her a number of wardrobe adjustments from a Playboy Bunny to a pinstriped lawyer in pink heels — that makes the musical work!
Working Time: Two hours 20 minutes, together with a 15-minute intermission.
Legally Blonde the Musical performs via November 13, 2022, offered by Rockville Musical Theatre acting at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD. (Remaining performances are October 29 at 8 pm; November 4, 5, 11, & 12 at 8 pm; and November 6 & 13 at 2 pm.) For tickets ($26 adults, $23 college students and seniors), name the field workplace at (240) 314 8690 or buy on-line.
This system for Legally Blonde the Musical is on-line right here.
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Legally Blonde the Musical
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Ebook by Heather Hach
Based mostly on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movement image