‘Legally Blonde’ The Musical

Everyone knows that the “bend and snap” is on its way, and it's fully satisfying when it arrives.

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The musical adaptation of the film starring Reese Witherspoon comes to the IU Auditorium.

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Legally Blond

Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin


IU Auditorium 1211 E. 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47405

October 19 and 20, 2010

The IU Auditorium at Indiana University, Bloomington, is bathed in pink lights to welcome Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s musical Legally Blond.

The Cast

Nikki Bohne played the role played in the film by Reese Witherspoon, Elle Woods, a girl who gears up from California sorority life to enter Harvard Law School in pursuit of love. Bohne is a bit of a belter of songs, but clearly she’s also a crowd favorite. Mathew Ragas is awfully smarmy as Warner, the undeserving man she follows. Hannah Rose DeFlumeri is Vivienne, the hard, upscale girl for whom Warner drops Elle. DeFlumeri is icy and nasty at the beginning, but becomes effectively sympathetic by the end.

Nic Rouleau plays Emmett, the sympathetic grad assistant who encourages and supports Elle. Kahlil Joseph is mean lascivious as Professor Callahan. Shannon Mullen played Brooke, the energetic workout mogul whom Elle’s knowledge of hair care saves from a murder charge.

The Audience That Knows

The audience of Legally Blond is clearly familiar with the movie. Applause erupts when the hunky UPS driver, played by Michael Milton, walks into Paulette’s beauty shop (presided over by the spunky Jillian Wallach). Everyone knows that the “bend and snap” is on its way, and it’s fully satisfying when it arrives.

The production is an energetic one that moves smoothly from location to location. There are plenty of cheerleader-style dance sequences that move the action along and draw applause. One dance highlight is a hilarious parody of River Dance, with such a variety of costumes in the dance line that it drew immediate and prolonged laughter.

There’s plenty of the popular film in the musical version of Legally Blonde, and enough new items – along with the music and dance – to make a very satisfying evening.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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