ABOUT LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL

Book by Heather Hach Music

and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe

and Nell Benjamin

 

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.-

 

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

 

 This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. With great featured roles, numerous ensemble characters, and several big song-and-dance numbers, Legally Blonde is perfect for a large cast filled with all levels of theatre experience. 

 

CASTING: 

 

Character Breakdown

 

 

Elle Woods - Female, 18-25 yrs old 

Range: Gb2 - G5 

The quintessential Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realizes that she has more to offer than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality. Elle Woods may appear like a typical blonde California sorority girl, but don't count her out. She is hardworking, optimistic and tenacious. 
 

Ensemble

The ensemble roles consist of Delta Nus, Greek Chorus, and Students.

 

Emmett Forrest - Male, 20-25 yrs old 

Range: B2 - A4 

A smart and sensitive law student who takes Elle under his wing. He is charming, quirky, loveable, and friendly.  He has had to work hard his entire life to get into Harvard Law School, and nothing is going to come between him and becoming a partner in Callahan's law firm, except maybe his surprising love for Elle.

 

Paulette - Female, 35-45 yrs old 

Range: A3 - A5 

A brash, caring, optimistic hair stylist who is friends with Elle and longs to find a man for herself.  While she is a bold character, her self-esteem needs a little boost now and then.

 

Professor Callahan - Male, 45-55 yrs old 

Range: A2 - F#4 

He is the most-feared professor at Harvard Law School. A pompous, sleezy and manipulative law professor at Harvard who is highly successful, but completely immoral.

 

Warner Huntington Iii - Male, 20-25 yrs old 

Range: Eb3 - Ab4 

A good-looking but shallow and pompous guy who breaks Elle's heart and heads off to Harvard Law.

Vivienne Kensington - Female, 20-25 yrs old 

Range: A3 - F5 

She is the very opposite of Elle, if judging only by demeanor. She comes from a very conservative East Coast background and is everything that Warner needs to make a serious move to become a lawyer. A smart, savvy, and uptight law student and Warner's fiancee who initially dismisses Elle, but grows to be her friend.


Brooke Wyndam - Female, 25-35 yrs old 

Range: A3 - G5 

An exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl. She is energetic and charismatic, yet currently on trial for murdering her husband.

 

ADDITIONAL FACTS

SHOW HISTORY

Inspiration

 

Legally Blonde is based on the 2001 film, which, in turn, is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. The novel is a compilation of funny letters and stories from Brown's time in Stanford Law School. Producers had a desire to bring the film's story to Broadway. They brought together composer Laurence O'Keefe and his wife and lyricist Nell Benjamin, screenwriter Heather Hach, and renowned choreographer/director Jerry Mitchell to work on the project.

 

Productions

 

Legally Blonde , based on the hit movie of the same name, premiered at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre in February of 2007. The show then transferred to Broadway, where it opened at the Palace Theatre on April 29, 2007. The original production starred Laura Bell Bundy and Christian Borle. It ran for 595 regular performances before closing on October 19, 2008.

Shortly before the Broadway production closed, a national tour opened on September 21, 2008. It ended on August 15, 2010. A non-Equity tour opened just a month later. It started on September 21, 2010 in Jackson, Mississippi and ended on May 15, 2011 in New Haven, Connecticut.

The West End premiere of Legally Blonde opened on January 13, 2010 at the Savoy Theatre. It became one of the most popular shows on the West End, but eventually closed on April 7, 2012 after 974 performances. A UK national tour ran from July 8, 2011 to October 6, 2012. Outside of the UK, the musical has also enjoyed significant success. An Australian production opened in October 2012 and is currently touring across the continent. There have been international productions from South Korea to Sweden, Austria to the Philippines, and France to Panama.

 

Cultural Influence

 

  • Legally Blonde was filmed for television and broadcast on MTV in late 2007.

  • With the popularity of the televised musical, a reality program titled Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods aired on MTV. It aimed to cast the next actress to play Elle Woods on Broadway.

  • The musical was translated to German for its Austrian premiere. It will also be making its French-Canadian premiere in Montreal in May 2014.

 

Trivia

  • The Broadway production was nominated for a significant amount of major awards: seven TONY Awards, ten Drama Desk Awards, and two Daytime Emmy Awards for the televised version of the filmed performances.

  • During the week that ended on June 24, 2007, the Broadway production joined the "millionaire's club," having grossed more than $1,000,000 in ticket sales.

 

Critical Reaction

"Ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish." -The Independent

"Musical theatre at its best - great songs, witty lines.  Smart, sassy, spectacular." -The Daily Telegraph

"[A] high-energy […] hymn to the glories of girlishness." -The New York Times

 

 

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