Legally Blonde: The Musical
Omigod, you guys! Legally Blonde: The Musical is now playing on the Mackey Main Stage at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. And it offers one “Elle” of a good time at the theatre.
Based upon the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture, starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde brings Elle Woods’ story to the stage with music, humor, and a lot of heart. Regardless of whether you have seen the movie version or not, you are sure to enjoy this wonderful production.
Elle Woods is a typical “Malibu Barbie.” She loves fashion, shoes, and the color pink, and not necessarily, in that order. She also loves Warner Huntington III, her dashing, Harvard-bound boyfriend. When she meets Warner for dinner, but instead of proposing, he dumps her; Elle finds the perfect way to get him back: She’ll go “legally blonde” and enter Harvard Law School, herself.
Elle is not unfamiliar with college; after all, she was president of her UCLA Sorority, Delta Nu. Harvard, however, is a very different world. Getting into Harvard is difficult enough, but Elle finds that staying there proves even more of a challenge, as she faces obstacles from many sides. But with the help, support, and encouragement of her friends, classmates, and a wacky hairdresser, Elle succeeds, learning more about herself and finding love along the way.
Legally Blonde had a successful run on Broadway (2007-2008). And the London production did even better, winning the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical on the West End. The National Tour came to Cleveland twice. Legally Blonde is not an epic musical, such as Les Misérables, but it is cute, clever, and a lot of fun. And I highly recommend it for audiences of all ages.
So if you happened to miss Legally Blonde when it came to PlayhouseSquare, now is your chance to see it. It is a great way to beat the summer heat and see a great show at the same time. You’ll be seeing pink… and loving it! Legally Blonde: The Musical will run through August 12.
And the regional premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has been held over through July 22 in the Studio Theater. If you have not yet seen it, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rollicking good time… and a show not to be missed!
For its 2012-2013 Season, the Beck Center for the Arts will open with Xanadu (September 14 – October 14), followed by The Little Dog Laughed (October 5 – November 11), Annie (December 6 – January 7), Next to Normal (March 1 – April 21), The House of Blue Leaves (March 22 – April 22), and The Pitmen Painters (May 31 – July 7), with Monty Python’s Spamalot (July 12 – August 18) closing the season.
The Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. Convenient, free on-site parking is available. For more information on the Beck Center, Legally Blonde, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, or the new 2012-2013 Season please visit the Beck Center’s website at www.BeckCenter.org.
- Christopher S. Musselman