Legally Blonde (book by Heather Hach and songs by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin) is breezy, light, escapist fare. This production, directed by Jonathan Stahl, benefits enormously from having a perfectly cast star: Kelly Felthous. She is amusing, she handles the songs deftly, and—most important—she is endearing; we can't help rooting for her from beginning to end.
Legally Blonde started as a novel by Amanda Brown, was made into a popular MGM film starring Reese Witherspoon, and then adapted into a musical. It opened on Broadway in 2007. But in style, it's a throwback to shows from an earlier time; it is meant to be diverting, without making demands of the audience, or offering any profound message. Will the girl get the guy she likes? That's the one simple question that drives the show. And if we can pretty much see where the show is going, there are some fun songs along the way, the best being "Gay or European" and "So Much Better." Robert Patrick Ryan and Lauren Blackman are excellent in supporting roles. And two irresistible dogs (courtesy of master theater dog trainer Bill Berloni) have some scene-stealing moments. The plot is on the thin side, there are some likeable songs, and the show is performed with zest.
(Pictured: Front: Kelly Felthous, Christopher DeProphetis; Back row: L to R: Gillian Munsayac, Michela Imbesi, Brooke Morrison;
photo by John Vecchiolla)
March 20, 2012