Legally Blonde The Musical opens on the Delta Nu fraternity house at UCLA, as the sisters celebrate one of their own getting engaged. The only problem is, he hasn’t popped the question yet. Elle Woods (Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly) is however, totally confident that her boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Jason Leupold) will propose at dinner tonight! When dinner doesn’t go as planned, the stage is set for a musical comedy that finds a blonde fashion major who’s “signature color” is bright pink, taking her LSAT and transferring to Harvard Law! When she arrives she discovers that Warner has already moved on and is engaged to the cold, mean Vivienne Kensington. Warner’s new love is expertly played by Katie Zarecki. Her portrayal was delightfully catty and vocally strong.
The Delta Nu ensemble impresses at the opening curtain with their rendition of “Omigod You Guys.” The choreography of both the cast and set movements are flawless. The song “What You Want” will have you tapping your feet as Elle applies for and ultimately gets accepted at Harvard Law, but the number that really brings down the house in Act 1, is Paulette’s (Kimberly Bush) “Ireland.” I laughed so hard I cried. Bush’s vocals and stage presence make her the undeniable star of this production. She is positively unforgettable.
In Act 2 we meet Brooke Wyndham, played by the very buff Shannon Eller. Her work in ‘Whipped Into Shape” alone is phenomenal, and she goes on to ace the roll of Elle’s client, the fitness icon accused of murder. The show stopping number in Act 2 is “Bend and Snap.” Martin Cespedes’ sharp choreography combines with the charisma of the incredible cast to leave you in stitches. If you don’t laugh during this number, there is something wrong with you. As Brooke Wyndham’s murder trial begins, so does another hilarious ensemble song aimed at Wyndham’s gorgeous latino pool boy Nikos, played by Frankie A. Zevnik called, “Gay or European?” Zevnik’s mannerisms are hilarious and he really fits the role to a T.
I could go on to name almost every song in this show, it is that good. But, that is what tickets are for. If you liked the 2001 film Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, you will love Beck Center’s musical comedy Legally Blonde The Musical! Grab your seats at BeckCenter.org before Legally Blonde closes on August 12th!