Legally Blonde The Musical, presented by Lower Ossington Theatre, is a fluffy pink ball of guilty pleasure.
Directed by Alan Kinsella, the show is amusing – though never in an intellectual way.
Rather, it is a comical, surfacy spectacle of ridiculous humour and sorority shrieking that you won’t be able to turn away from, while simultaneously wondering why.
For those who are unfamiliar, the musical is a slightly racier adaptation of the 2001 film Legally Blonde (based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Amanda Brown), but essentially follows the same plot points: peppy UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods gets dumped for not being “serious” enough and enrolls in Harvard Law School to follow her ex-boyfriend Warner to prove that she has the brains he oh-so-desires. When her plan begins to go astray, Elle finds herself actually enjoying law school and learns the big moral lesson to always stay true to herself.
LOT’s cast and crew creates a production that is true to the script – a flashy spectacle composed of high-energy, cheerleading-inspired dance numbers, some rock n’ roll style lighting (by Mikael Kangas) and an always eye-catching adaptable set design (by Michael Galloro). This musical will have you laughing and completely engaged in the action, no matter how outlandish– including a scene where Elle’s entire legal team bases their defense on whether the accused’s pool boy is “gay or European,” as they sing a song about it.
Madison Hayes-Crook makes a killer Elle Woods, continually grabbing the audience’s attention – as Elle should – with a look-at-me-style display of her triple-threat abilities.
Hayes-Crook is supported by a talented cast of compelling singers and actors – most notably: a hilariously rough portrayal of Paulette by Lindsay van der Grinten and a nauseating valley girl “Greek chorus” composed of April Clemmens, Miranda Reynolds and Rae Bernakevitch.
Choreographer Greg Carruthers provides a wide range of energetic dance numbers that appropriately continue to weave comedy through the entire production with properly timed movement and over-the-top expression.
The performers were not always in sync however, with some minor hiccups from certain performers during more challenging dance routines such as the “Whipped into Shape” number, involving skipping ropes.
All in all, this production may not make for a thought-provoking night of mental stimulation, but it is the perfect show to unwind with some mindless fun. Be prepared to “omigod” along with your friends at this entertaining fluff comedy.
Legally Blonde The Musical is playing at Lower Ossington Theatre until Nov. 22. For more information visit http://lowerossingtontheatre.com/.