A fabulous li’l pink dress takes center stage and proves to be the new you-go-grrrl power suit in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Elle Woods, played by Minnesota native Becky Gulsvig, is a spunky, spirited, and thankfully not-too-too-sweet young woman. Non-stop music, colorful and clever scene changes, and a heart of gold (actually, a platinum heart from Tiffany’s adorns the backdrop) provide flash and class, with often-hilarious dialogue. On top of that, the show co-stars two of the cutest dogs ever.
From the Delta Nu sorority house in Malibu to the halls of Harvard, Elle’s willfulness to follow true love is—after the requisite complications—rewarded. Elle eventually discovers not only her true love, but also her true passion, while enduring some tough (although sometimes deserved) knocks.
|legally blonde: the musical, presented through may 10 at the ordway center for the performing arts, 345 washington st., st. paul. for tickets ($27-$75) and information, see ordway.org.|
You kinda hate to admit it, but you end up loving this perfect-looking, perfectly-sized, always dressed-to-kill character as she romps through shopping malls (the best way to nurse a breakup), Red-Bull-slugging study nights, Greek-Chorus-filled visions, and pour-out-your-heart talks with Bruiser, her adorable (of course!) and perfectly pink pup. All this, just to get through Harvard Law—and to get through to a M.A.N.
Highlights include that Greek Chorus of funny, always true sorority sisters who sing Elle through her misery (sometimes a bit on the squeaky-sounding side, to the extent that the lyrics can be hard to follow) and support her unfailingly. Also behind Elle are Paulette (Natalie Joy Johnson)—the new true friend Elle finds in a local hairstylist—and her oh-so-serious student colleagues at Harvard, the dreamiest being Emmett (D.B. Bonds). The UPS man (Ven Daniel) steals Paulette’s heart, and also the show for a scene or two with a hilarious performance. As Nikos and Carlos, Adam Zelasko and Kyle Brown also provide notable performances, while Elle’s professor and her original boyfriend seem dull enough that you’re happy Elle leaves ’em behind.
Those who enjoyed the movie won’t be disappointed. Get yourself a mani/pedi and go!
Betsy Gabler is a brunette who also happens to be an aging hipster living in Northeast Minneapolis. In her day job, she works with Alchemists and authors. Deirdre M. is a gal of many dyed-on-the-head colors. She attends high school and aspires to graduate from Harvard Law School herself someday.
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