But all these moments are great - they're given big songs and stage time and scenes.

Add in the peculiar, but very funny addition of Paulette's love interest Kyle the UPS Guy [Andy Karl] and then aerobics queen Brooke Wyndham [Nicki Snelson], who Professor Callahan is representing, and you almost feel like you need a scorecard.

Even with this uneven structure, the entire cast does a superb job - all around great voices, great dancing, and great performances. But at 2 and a half hours, it feels a bit thick.

Laura Bell Bundy [who is excellent] got a bit thrashed vocally in Act Two - and rightfully so, as it's a big role, with a lot of stage time.

Elle chats with Emmett [Christian Borle]
Broadway World photo by Paul Kolnik
First time director / choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who's no stranger to Broadway shows having choreographed hits like 'Hairspray' and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' perhaps hasn't been able to bring himself to trim the fat on this big pink monster.

One minor quibble: Since 'Legally Blonde' feels so family friendly -- it seems to be pointed directly at the young tween-and-below age girls who were in attendence -- I was surprised and irritated by the use of some adult terms peppered throughout the show. In the first courtroom scene they were talking about a paternity case, but using language that certainly wouldn't be acceptable even on the nightly news.

'Legally Blonde: The Musical' is a fun, bouncy romp. Like a big piece of pink birthday cake, topped with a huge slab of strawberry ice cream. You feel great scarfing your way to the bottom of the bowl, but an hour later, you wonder if it was a good as it seemed.

I have no idea what changes might happen between now and the Broadway opening. It'll be interesting to see how the battle between the Valley Girl and Harvard snobs plays on the Great White Way.

For some reason, even as bubbly and fun as 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' is, I can't imagine hardened New York theatre goers leaving the Palace Theater in a pink T-shirt and saying 'Omigod You guys' after having had, like, a totally awesome time.

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I enjoyed myself a lot.An incredibly talented group of performers, but it felt like I'd seen it all in other musicals before. And sure, it's not 'West Side Story' but I could have used a few more serious moments -- something to make us cry, or surprise us. It was a bit 'one note' for me -- but I still liked it. Also note that the women's restrooms at the Golden Gate Theatre are few -- so many women missed the first part of Act 2 since they were still trying to get to the bathroom.


Legally Blonde is full of bright sets, cute colors and talented singers. The story is very fluffy, but I still thought it was good. I would definitely see it again, and I would recommend it to anyone!


Dianne thinks I'm being overly sensitive about the 'adult content' issue. But with all the Disneyfied family-friendly shows currently on Broadway, it seems that the producers of 'Legally Blonde' could easily make this show into a real crowd pleaser -- like 'Bye Bye Birdie' or 'Grease' with just the removal of that PG-13 stuff.

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