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Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.

Legally Blonde on Stage

It tells the story of Elle Woods , a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. :)

Legally Blonde premiered in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco, California. In April 2007 the show moved to Broadway, opening to mostly positive reviews and grossed more than $1,000,000 a week on several occasions. Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed. The original cast included Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods , Christian Borle as Emmett Forrest and Richard H. Blake as Warner. It received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations but failed to win any. The West End production opened in January 2010 at the Savoy Theatre. The West End production was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards and won three, including the Best New Musical award.

The musical was recorded in September 2007 and aired on MTV in October 2007. Following this, a reality TV program was aired showing the audition process for the next person to play Elle Woods on Broadway. The winner was Bailey Hanks, who played the role from July 23, 2008 until the production closed on October 19, 2008.
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Synopsis

Act I

The overjoyed girls of UCLA's sorority Delta Nu, led by Margot, Serena, and Pilar, celebrate the engagement of Warner Huntington III to their perky, sweet, and strikingly blonde sorority president, Elle Woods, who is fretting over finding the perfect dress for the occasion ("Omigod You Guys"). Once she acquires her dream dress, Elle goes to dinner with Warner, where he tells her that he needs someone more serious ("Serious") and breaks up with her. Elle is devastated and sulks for twelve days ("Daughter of Delta Nu") but decides to chase Warner to Harvard Law School to show him that she can be serious. With help from Delta Nu sister Kate, Elle studies for the LSATs. Instead of writing a personal essay, Elle bursts into the Harvard admission offices backed by a squad of cheerleaders. She is accepted after revealing she is motivated by love ("What You Want").

Elle's snobby classmates disapprove of her attire, and the only person who is willing to help her is law teaching assistant, Emmett Forrest ("The Harvard Variations"). However, he cannot protect her in class from the blood-thirsty Professor Callahan ("Blood in the Water"). Callahan kicks the under-prepared Elle out of class at the suggestion of her classmate Vivienne Kensington, who happens to be Warner's new girlfriend. This "tragedy" summons the apparitions of the sisters of Delta Nu, who, acting as a Greek Chorus visible and audible only to Elle, tell her to stay "Positive". Elle, deciding that being blonde is the problem, decides to become a brunette. She heads to the Hair Affair salon where she meets the spunky beautician Paulette, who tells Elle that when she is down, she puts on her favorite CD, and dreams of "Ireland". At the salon, Vivienne gives Elle an unexpected invitation to a costume party. Paulette sends Elle off with a costume for the party, her positivity and blonde hair still intact ("Ireland (Reprise)").

Walking into the party as a Playboy Bunny, Elle soon realizes that she was tricked by Vivienne but courageously seeks Warner in an effort to win him back, leaving him unimpressed ("Serious (Reprise)"). Elle runs from the party, only to meet Emmett, who struggles to understand Elle's love problems. He has Elle assess her priorities until she realizes it is her obsession with Warner that keeps her from earning his respect. ("Chip on My Shoulder"). Freed from her need to please Warner, she defeats him in a classroom debate. Elle then helps Paulette in a way that proves she is beginning to understand law ("Run, Rufus, Run/Elle Reflects"). Warner and Vivienne win two of Callahan's coveted internship positions, and Warner proposes to Vivienne on the spot right in front of Elle. Vivienne accepts, with a kiss and a yes. Before Elle's heart can break, Emmett shows her the internship list. Below the names of Vivienne, Warner, and classmate Enid Hoopes is the name Elle Woods, at which she is ecstatic ("So Much Better").

Act II

Act II begins with fitness queen, Brooke Wyndham, and her fitness team's workout video, which is being viewed by Elle, Callahan, Emmett, Vivian, Warner, and Enid ("Whipped Into Shape"). Callahan tells the legal team that Brooke is accused of murdering her billionaire husband. The "video" then turns into a scene from the jail, where Brooke leads the inmates into a fitness frenzy.Back at the Hair Affair, Elle is getting a manicure when Kyle, the sexy UPS guy, walks into the salon to deliver a package to Paulette. When he leaves, Pilar, Serena, and Margot are summoned by Paulette's amazing "Bend and Snap". The sorority girls tell Paulette to use the "Bend and Snap" on Kyle, but when she does, she accidentally breaks his nose ("Bend and Snap").In the courtroom, we see Nikos, Brooke's pool boy, being questioned by the D.A. about his "love affair" with Brooke. After doing the Bend and Snap in front of Nikos and getting no attention, Elle is convinced that Nikos is gay. Callahan and her fellow teammates do not believe her, simply thinking that he is just European ("There! Right There!"). At the end of the song, Nikos confesses that he is indeed gay AND European.Later that night in Callahan's office, the interns celebrate Elle's skill. However, after dismissing Emmett and the other interns, Callahan forcibly kisses Elle, who slaps him. In turn, Callahan fires her. Warner and Vivienne both saw the kiss, though only Vivienne saw the slap. Warner mocks Elle, but Vivienne tells him to shut up and they both leave. A defeated Elle prepares to go home, even though Emmett asks her to stay, finally realizing that he is in love with her ("Legally Blonde").Elle heads to the Hair Affair to say goodbye to Paulette, but before she can leave, Vivienne and Enid convince Elle otherwise ("Legally Blonde Remix"). Elle discards her lawyerly navy suits, dons a pink dress and leads a parade back to the courtroom. They meet Kyle on the way, who takes a liking to Paulette, and reveals himself to be the Irish man of her dreams, prompting a Riverdance amongst the ensemble. Back at the trial, Brooke fires Callahan and hires Elle. Brooke's stepdaughter Chutney goes to the witness stand and her testimony is damning, but Elle triumphs by revealing Chutney's lie with her knowledge of hair maintenance ("Omigod You Guys (Reprise)"). Chutney accidentally confesses that she killed her father. Warner proposes to Elle, having been dumped by Vivienne. Elle gently refuses, claiming to have been changed by the experience ("Find My Way").Three years later, Elle ends up as the valedictorian of her class. Paulette tells the audience that Enid practices family law, Vivienne is training for the Peace Corps, and Warner pursues a modeling career. Callahan ran for governor but was defeated, and his wife hired Emmett to handle their divorce. Paulette married Kyle, had two kids, and is pregnant with a third. They live in Worcester, Massachusetts and Paulette bought a new salon. At the end of the graduation, Elle proposes to Emmett, and Emmett accepts ("Finale").

Musical Numbers

Act I
  • "Omigod You Guys" — Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
  • "Serious" — Elle and Warner
  • "Daughter of Delta Nu"* — Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
  • "What You Want" — Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar, Kate, Elle's Parents, Grandmaster Chad, and Company
  • "The Harvard Variations" — Emmett, Aaron, Enid, Padamadan and Harvard Students
  • "Blood in the Water" — Callahan and Company
  • "Positive" — Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Greek Chorus
  • "Ireland" — Paulette
  • "Ireland" (Reprise) — Paulette
  • "Serious" (Reprise) — Elle and Warner
  • "Chip on My Shoulder" — Elle, Emmett, Greek Chorus and Company
  • "Run, Rufus, Run/Elle Reflects"* ** — Elle and Emmett
  • "So Much Better" — Elle, Greek Chorus and Company
Act II
  • "Whipped into Shape" — Brooke, Callahan and Company
  • "Delta Nu Nu Nu"* — Brooke and Elle
  • "Take It Like a Man" — Elle, Emmett and Salespeople
  • "Kyle the Magnificent"* ** — Kyle, Paulette and Elle
  • "Bend and Snap" — Elle, Paulette, Serena, Margot, Pilar, Bend and Snap Guys, and Salonfolk
  • "There! Right There!" — Elle, Callahan, Emmett, Brooke, Vivienne, Warner, Enid, Judge, Nikos, Carlos and Company
  • "Legally Blonde" — Elle and Emmett
  • "Legally Blonde Remix" — Vivienne, Elle, Enid, Brooke, Elle's Parents, and Company
  • "Omigod You Guys" (Reprise)* — Elle, Judge, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
  • "Find My Way" / Finale — Elle, Paulette, Emmett and Company
  • "Bows"* ** - Orchestra

Cast

The principal original casts of the major productions of Legally Blonde.

Character

Original Broadway Cast

Original U.S. Tour Cast

Original London Cast

Original Non-Equity Cast

Original UK Tour Cast

Original Australian Cast

Elle Woods

Laura Bell Bundy

Becky Gulsvig

Sheridan Smith

Nikki Bohne

Faye Brookes

Lucy Durack

Emmett Forrest

Christian Borle

D.B. Bonds

Alex Gaumond

Nic Rouleau

Iwan Lewis

David Harris

Paulette Bonafonté

Orfeh

Natalie Joy Johnson

Jill Halfpenny

Jillian Wallach

Liz McClarnon and Claire Sweeney

Helen Dallimore

Professor Callahan

Michael Rupert

Ken Land

Peter Davison

Kahlil Joseph

Dave Willetts

Cameron Daddo

Warner Huntington III

Richard H. Blake

Jeff Mclean

Duncan James

Matthew Ragas

Neil Toon

Rob Mills

Vivienne Kensington

Kate Shindle

Megan Lewis

Caroline Keiff

Hannah Rose DeFlumeri

Charlotte Harwood

TBA

Chad/Dewey/Kyle

Andy Karl

Ven Daniel

Chris Ellis-Stanton

Michael Milton

Lewis Griffiths

TBA

Brooke Wyndham

Nikki Snelson

Coleen Sexton

Aoife Mulholland

Shannon Mullen

Hannah Grover

Erika Heynatz

Enid Hoopes

Natalie Joy Johnson

Gretchen Burghart

Suzie McAdam

Sarah Beth Pfeifer

Gemma Baird

Zoe Jarrett

Serena

Leslie Kritzer

Cortney Wolfson

Susan McFadden

Nadia Vynnytsky

Sinead Long

TBA

Margot

Annaleigh Ashford

Rhiannon Hansen

Amy Lennox

Maggie Taylor

Sophie Isaacs

TBA

Pilar

DeQuina Moore

Crystal Joy

Ibinabo Jack

Brit West

Micha Richardson

Chloe Zuel

Kate/Chutney

Kate Wetherhead

Alex Ellis

Roxanne Palmer

Nicole Brancucci

Nia Jermin

TBA

§ The cast for the TV airing, filmed in mid-September 2007, consisted of the entire original Broadway cast, except for Tracy Jai Edwards taking over for Leslie Kritzer as Serena and Asmeret Ghebremichael replacing DeQuina Moore as Pilar. Moore departed from the production in July 2007 and Kritzer in August that same year.

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