Bring a blanket! It gets chilly at night.
That’s about the only caveat this blogger can think of when it comes to Theatre Under the Stars’ production of the Broadway hit Legally Blonde. With wildly entertaining singing-and-dancing numbers, a talented young cast and some genuinely funny moments, the musical comedy is a pink-frosted good time.
Based on the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie (itself based on a novel), the musical adaptation ran on Broadway from 2007-8. National tours followed, as well as a three-year, 970+ performance run in London’s West End.
The story’s pretty simple. After being dumped by her boyfriend Warner (Peter Cumins) for a more “serious” brunette law student, California sorority sister Elle Woods (Breanne Arrigo) decides to use the razor-sharp focus that let her get a Masters in Fashion Marketing to try to get a law degree at Harvard. By the second act, she’s defending exercise queen Brooke Wyndham (Katie Murphy) in a murder trial.
There’s a serious message here – something about the law helping people, or to not underestimate cute blondes, I’m not really sure – but whatever Legally Blonde is saying takes a backseat to musical numbers like the zippy opener “Omigod You Guys,” the sexy “Bend and Snap” and the funny singalong “Gay or European.”
If you like musicals (and the colour pink), and you have a high sugar-tolerance, the out-door spectacle of Legally Blonde at Malkin Bowl (610 Pipeline Road, in Stanley Park) might be for you. As part of Theatre Under the Stars’ summer program, it’s alternating evenings with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying until Aug. 17.
For more info on showtimes and tickets, visit the Theatre Under the Stars website. (Note: Legally Blonde is pretty tame, but there may be some words and phrases parents might find objectionable for their young ones.)