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 BREAKDOWNS

No role is small, especially in the world of Legally Blonde, where actors change hats quickly from character to character. This show is full of energy, so we need every role to be bright and dynamic.

*IN REGARDS TO GENDER

Generally, at ACT-1 we are open to gender-blind and re-gendered casting. You should audition for the roles you are attracted to, but please choose roles that best reflect your talents and your natural vocal range. Just because you like a role doesn't mean you are suited for it, and you want to give yourself the strongest audition possible! Read the character descriptions and requirements below.

Female Roles

Elle Woods

Range: Gb2 - G5 

She has more to offer than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality. She is hardworking, optimistic and tenacious. Elle is energetic, sweet, and thoughtful. Although people don't take her seriously and she can be quite ditzy at times, Elle has genius-level intellect and is cunning and witty. She is always kind even when others are not, and relentlessly positive. Requires an excellent performer in all areas: singing, dancing and acting. A true triple threat, tap dance skills are a plus. Must be comfortable with dogs!

Margot, Serena and Pilar 

Range: C#5 - F#3

Elle's trio of best friends and Delta Nu sisters. Pilar is the sassy and sensible sorority sister. Margot is the seemingly dim-witted, boy-crazy sorority sister. Serena is the energetic cheerleader, from Jewish heritage, sorority sister.  These three roles are perfect for a group of young ladies with great singing and acting abilities, and most importantly, lots of energy! Three girls who make a complementary, dynamic group.

Kate

Range: C#5 - F#3

Kate is a featured Delta Nu sister - the academic of the bunch. This is a great role for a young performer who has a little more experience than the rest of the Delta Nu girls.

Paulette

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.  Paulette is a wonderful role for a comedienne.  She should be a great singer and an even better actor. A Bostonian type accent is a plus. 


Brooke Wyndam 

Range: A3 - G5 

A famous exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl. She is energetic and charismatic, yet currently on trial for murdering her husband. This is a high-spirited role for a young lady who is a triple-threat: a great singer, dancer and actress. Best played by a very strong actor who can really portray Brooke's difficult predicament. Also physical fitness is crucial as she performs an entire song while jump roping. 

Chutney Wyndham

Chutney Wyndham has a really bad perm and an even worse attitude. She is Brooke's unhappy stepdaughter who is actually guilty for killing her father and framing Brooke. This is a role for an actress who may be new to the stage but has hilarious instincts.

Vivienne Kensington 

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. A great singer and an actress will play this part. 

Whitney

Whitney is Vivienne's law school friend and partner in mischief when it comes to bringing down Elle. Her father is next in line to be the Speaker of the House and Vivienne brags about it.
This is fun role for a less experienced performer who has a wonderful energy and presence.

Enid Hoopes 

A featured law student with academic credits that would intimidate anyone. Enid is an avid feminist. This is a fun role for an actor who can really bring their unique self to these parts - a distinct and confident personality who can make bold choices.

Male Roles

Emmett Forrest 

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. A role for a strong actor with a great singing voice.

Professor Callahan

Range: A2 - F#4 

He is the most-feared law professor at Harvard Law School. Highly successful, but also pompous, sleazy, manipulative and completely immoral. Requires an actor with presence, who can convey authority and strength. Callahan need not be the most experienced singer, as long as he uses his best acting chops to portray this villainous role.

 

Warner Huntington III 

Range: Eb3 - Ab4 

Elle's ex-boyfriend, Warner is a good-looking but shallow and pompous guy who breaks Elle's heart and heads off to Harvard Law. He is caught between his former life with Elle and his newfound, serious East Coast life with Vivienne. A fantastic role for a young man who is both a good singer and actor.

Dewey

Paulette's brash ex-husband who lives in a trailer and holds her dog captive. Although Dewey doesn't have a lot of stage time, it is a great cameo role for a young man who is less experienced but fearless in his acting choices.

Kyle

Kyle is the UPS delivery man who Paulette has her eyes on each time his job brings him to the salon. For a great actor with swagger, who can also pull off the choreography of an Irish jig.

Grandmaster Chad

“Jamaican Me Crazy” Reggae Rapper/Hip Hop Dancer. This is a standout role from the other fraternity brothers and requires a ton of energy! Grandmaster Chad is a fun cameo role for a young man who is a great musician but may be less experienced onstage.

Winthrop, Lowell and Pforzheimer (the Admissions Officers)

The three admissions officers of Harvard Law School who eventually admit Elle into the program after some critical evaluation. These performers should be great actors, capable of showing some age and character. 

Aaron Schultz & Sundeep Agrawal Padamadan

Two featured law students with academic credits that would intimidate anyone. These are fun roles for actors who can really bring their distinct, confident personality and make bold choices.

Nikos Argitakos & Carlos

Nikos is Brooke Wyndham's pool boy, and Carlos is his "best friend," but during the trial it is revealed that they are gay and in a relationship. 

Ensemble Roles​ 

Salon Employees (Cashier, Kiki the Colorist)- female or male

Part of Paulette's entourage at the salon who are very adept at the "Bend and Snap." Performers who can sing and dance well, and, most importantly, have a lot of unique and diverse personality. 

Featured Ensemble - female or male

The Judge, Elle's Mom, Elle's Dad, Saleswoman, Store Manager, Prison Guard, Bookish Client and Sabrina are featured roles for young performers who may have less experience on the stage but have vibrant personalities.

Ensemble - female or male

The ensemble roles consist of Waiters, Delta Nus, Frat Boys, Greek Chorus, Students and Prisoners/Dancers at Boston's Women's Correctional Facility.

You should definitely soak in as much as you can - start by listening to the Soundtrack, and then watch the Broadway production!

LIVE Taping of the Musical

Broadway Cast Recording

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. 

* 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. 

 

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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