The producers of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” took a huge chance when, during the show’s Broadway run, they chose to air the entire shot-from-the-stage show on MTV. I’m not sure what effect that had on the rest of the musically inclined (or the new audience it hoped to tap), but the TV presentation actually convinced me that what might have been just another movie-to-stage cash-in actually had some merit.
Staying close to the hit Reese Witherspoon film, the show (which I’ve yet to see live), for the most part knows which
moments to musicalize and when to play the sincerity card. Highlight for me: a loopy, surprisingly sweet, laugh-out-loud song
called “Ireland” for hairdresser/confidant Paulette and “Chip on Your Shoulder,” a good tune for nice
guy Emmett. And an added plus: Michael Rupert, from the original cast of the show (and from the original cast of "Falsettos"
and "The Happy Time" is still with the show.
I’ll be hosting a talk back with cast members after the Wednesday evening performance. Stick around. Details here.