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Legally Blonde The Musical
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Heather Hach (book) and Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin (songs)

COMPANY : The Performer’s Warehouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
ID# 5091

SHOWING : June 29, 2017 - July 09, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, "Legally Blonde The Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Based on the adored movie, "Legally Blonde The Musical" stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish.

"Legally Blonde The Musical" will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.


CAST & CREW LIST
Musical Director Camiah Mingorance
Sundeep/Lowell Eddie Estrada
Elle Woods Hannah Garmon
Paulette Jessica Mingorance
Elle’s Mom Abby Swindall
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REVIEWS

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Illegally Bland?
by playgoer
Thursday, July 6, 2017
3.5
No, The Performer’s Warehouse production of "Legally Blonde the Musical" is not bland. It’s full of spirit and energy, with its young cast filling a variety of roles with style. (The one older cast member doesn’t make as good an impression.) Its main problem is that it is loud and shrill. The sound levels are uneven, and leading lady Hannah Garmon has a piercing voice in louder numbers. Producer Holly Garmon and technical director Todd Garmon (related to her?) haven’t done her any favors in the amplification of this production.

Costumes (designed by Rachel Serra) are also a bit problematic. The lead character of Elle Woods is supposedly obsessed with pink clothing, but her outfits never do more than hint at pink, with most of her wardrobe featuring rose accents rather than pink. Maybe it’s Phillip Wray’s somewhat uneven lighting design that throws off the color scheme, but the ill fit of some of the men’s suits aren’t caused by lighting.

Pam Nitzkin’s scenic design uses rolling pieces to good effect to suggest the numerous scenes required by the script. Adam Petty has blocked the show to use the space well, making good use of the audience aisles for entrances and exits, with actors sitting in the aisle to prevent obscured sightlines. The choreography by Mr. Petty and guest choreographer Nikki Snelson is bouncy and energetic and does a lot to keep the show moving briskly along. Musical director Camiah Mingorance has honed the cast’s vocals to keep them in perfect sync with the pre-recorded tracks.

First and foremost, a show needs to tell its story clearly. This production definitely does that, and it is a true ensemble effort. No one performance clearly stands out, although I loved the spirit displayed by Melissa Materesse as Margot every moment she was onstage. Michael Barthel has wonderful vocals and stage presence as Professor Callahan, and Rachel Green does a bang-up job as butch Enid. No one is downright bad in their role(s), although some roles are meant to be played by older actors.

It’s not saying much, but this is the best production I’ve seen at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square since the old, professional Theatre in the Square bit the dust. To see a lot of young talent on display, it’s definitely worth attending. The energy onstage alone will carry you from the opening notes to the closing moments. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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