Flashback Friday: ‘Bend and Snap’ with ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods

Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods

The phrase “Omigod you guys” has never been the same since this fabulous musical gave Broadway a really pink makeover.

Based on the 2001 film of the same name (which was based on the book by Amanda Brown), Broadway got blonde in 2007 when Legally Blonde: The Musical made its big debut at the Palace Theatre. Recent Tony nominee Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed the production. Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin wrote the music and lyrics and the book was penned by Heather Hach.

The original cast featured Laura Bell Bundy as the ambitious and adorable Elle Woods, Christian Borle as Emmett Forrest and Orfeh as Paulette. The who’s who of other talented performers included Andy Karl, Annaleigh Ashford and Kate Wetherhead. Many members of this dazzling cast skyrocketed to Broadway stardom after appearing in this show.

The musical focuses on Woods, a sorority gal living in California who is unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntington III (played by Richard H. Blake). He explains that he sees himself dating someone more “serious, less of a Marilyn more of a Jackie” (hi Smash) and Woods is left heartbroken. She decides that she has to transfer from the sunny UCLA campus to the ruthless Harvard Law School to follow Huntington and prove that she is just as intelligent and devoted to law as he is. Hilarity and devastation ensues, making this musical quite the emotional rollercoaster. However, Woods has the last laugh.

With catchy (and sassy) songs such as “Bend and Snap,” “Gay or European,” and “So Much Better,” this musical lit up the stage and captivated audiences through its beautiful story and hysterical characters. It was nominated for seven Tony awards.

What made Legally Blonde special was its message. Not all musical adaptations of films work, but like its lead character, Legally Blonde: The Musical proved that “dumb blondes” are merely a stereotype and that anything is possible when you put your mind to it, especially if you toss in a bit of “bend and snap.”

Several touring and international productions have launched since the Broadway show closed in 2008, so the energy, spunk and morals of this shimmering musical have entertained audiences outside of New York for years. If it were up to me, I would revive it right now with Taylor Louderman as Elle and Ryann Redmond as Paulette. Those Bring It On kids can do anything, right?

Long live Legally Blonde!

'Legally Blonde: The Musical'

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

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