28 Nov Really Bad Legally Blonde Musical
If you`ve always been desperately looking for a “legal blonde,” but even more, you probably already have tickets and probably won`t be disappointed. Many very excited people wearing pink in the audience were clearly living their best lives. To me, it oscillated somewhere between a confusing excess and a disappointing and adventurous attempt to modernize a musical and a story that seems ripe for more robust questioning. Still, it`s worth a look, just for the dog Gimp Man. Here, Moss` production engages in something closer to musical comedy than one might expect, with the aggressive color palette shifting to earthy hues, and Bowman`s Elle invests far more in solving the legal case imposed on her by her teacher Callahan (Eugene McCoy) than she ever felt in her relationship with Wagner. Directed by Lucy Moss — who received honors for Sleeper West End`s hit “Six” — this cover of “Legally Blonde” feels less like an update to the 2007 musical than a bizarre fever dream about it. Due to the success of the original film, there was a time when Legally Blonde was frequently chosen to be performed by college amateur theater production companies; It also helped that the show has a large female cast, and most young theater companies tend to be women. One such company was Red Room Studio Productions, a small performing arts company in Nanaimo, Canada, a small town about a two-hour ferry ride off Vancouver. “There are many metaphysical stores that sell crystals. There are a lot of vegan restaurants,” says Joshua Holloway, who played Emmett in the production Red Room Studios. “There`s a really cool little art community.” The musical took over all the plot montages – but in my opinion more of the independent spirit and beautiful femininity of Elle. Yet, after a first half that wasn`t so afraid to do what she wanted me to rudly ruddly ruin most of the time, is it really happening? Confused, the second felt more than the shortcomings of the director and the musical itself revealed.
For months, the cast of Legally Blonde rehearsed with a choreographer (a local Zumba instructor) and Gardiner as director. The children brought their own costumes from the house and learned the harmonies from an educational CD. “We didn`t get notes, so the harmonies don`t really appear or work,” says Alaria Northard-Lessup, a daughter of Delta Nu. “A few rehearsals before the show, they realized that no one had chosen a note in the chorus. They tried to get us to do it, but it was too late. As you can see in the video, the blockage is also heavy. “Most of us had no dance experience, so we walked around in training rather than actual choreography,” Holloway recalls. As a critic, the first thing I wonder when I watch a show — especially if it`s a narration from a movie or book — is, “What makes this story better as a musical?” And if I`m honest, I`m disappointed most of the time (lately, there have been so many movies about musicals or operas and some of them were really bad.) Jerry Mitchell and the other creators of LBTM touched the heart and soul of this story and told it better than ever (keyword “So Much Better”). The musical was recorded in September 2007 and aired on MTV in October 2007.
After that, a reality show aired that showed the audition for the next person to play Elle Woods on Broadway. The winner was Bailey Hanks, who starred from July 23, 2008 until the end of production on October 19, 2008. The finalist, Autumn Hurlbert, was Hanks` understudy.  If you`re in the world of Twitter or TikTok musical theater, you`re probably familiar with the clip above. Over the years, it has been recorded on and off YouTube and has gone viral under various titles: like “Illegal Blonde: For Your Consideration” or “Omigod You Guys Feat. All-Star Cast” or simply as “WORST Legal Blonde Musical Production EVER!”. The musical received mixed reviews, but was hailed as a fun and upbeat production. Ben Brantley, who reviewed the musical in the New York Times, wrote that the show was an “energetic, empty and expensive hymn to the glory of femininity.” At first, Elle`s relationship with her future ex-boyfriend Warner (Alistair Toovey) is superficial and fleeting, like a half-memory of their relationship in the original movie or musical. Surrounded by her cheeky chorus of imaginary friends, along with her strange dog-man, Bowman`s Elle looks like a madman, floating in her own peculiar pink reality and playing the role of the dirty fashion marketing student who uses her business intelligence to follow Warner to Harvard Law School instead of being an active participant in her own story. “Anyone who has ever been a child of artistic theater knows this in some way,” says Kathleen Morris, aka “Delta Nu Chorus Girl #3,” a little red-haired girl who appears in the video wearing a purple shirt.