Omigod you guys. Guess who’s in town? Elle Woods, that’s who, and she is smart, charming, and oh so pretty in pink. And, she’s “Legally Blonde.”
Lauren Zakrin stars in the musical (based on the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon) that opens the 66th season of the Music Circus. She — and it — are a hit!
The plot is pretty simple: A Malibu Barbie-type blonde has a crush on college classmate Warner Huntington III (Jordan Bondurant). But when Harvard Law School-bound Warner decides he needs someone more serious than a “Marilyn” (as in Monroe), he dumps her, and once he gets to Harvard, quickly finds a woman who better suits his needs. What Warner doesn’t know is that Marilyn was no dumb blonde — she had thoughts and could read and everything — and Elle is no dummy, either.
When Elle applies herself, with encouragement from hairdresser/confidant Paulette (the intoxicating Ryah Nixon) and her Delta Nu sorority sisters, Elle gets admitted to Harvard Law, too, and using her smarts and keen intuition, sets about remaking jurisprudence in her image.
With words and music by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, “Legally Blonde” skips right along on a score of pop and rock and a little marching band music. The songs aren’t spectacular, but they have wit and style, particularly “Omigod You Guys,” “Blood in the Water” (the would-be attorneys’ theme song), “Chip on my Shoulder,” a strong example of self-encouragement, sung by Elle’s “friend” Emmett (the irresistible James Michael Lambert) and “Whipped Into Shape,” performed by the amazingly fit and funny Grace Stockdale.
And don’t forget one of the Broadway stars in the cast, though he doesn’t speak or sing: Chico plays Elle’s dog Bruiser. He got cheers on opening night.
Choreography is by Mara Newberry Greer and direction is by Michael Heitzman. The costumes, including Elle’s signature pink outfits, as well as Greek chorus garb and some fine-looking suits, are designed by Mark Koss.
“Legally Blonde” plays through Sunday, June 19, at the Music Circus, 1419 H St. Showtimes are evenings at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and a closing matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday (Father’s Day). Tickets are $45-$95. For more information: (916) 557-1999 or www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.