Longtime fans of the now-iconic movie will absolutely love the musical.
There are only a handful of chick flicks that can say they achieved cult status. One of them is the unapologetically ditzy Legally Blonde from 2001, which stars Reese Witherspoon as pink-donning sorority girl Elle Woods. After getting dumped by her boyfriend for not being “serious” enough, Woods, who is (of course) blonde, decides to enrol into law school in a bid to win him back. A silly plot, but oh so much fun.
Legally Blonde – The Musical had big shoes to fill; the movie is a slumber party must-have for any self-respecting girl group. Thankfully, its transition from silver screen to the big stage proved to be a successful one.
The show knows exactly what its audience wants, and delivers it in rapid motion. Think hilarious onstage banter, sassy dance numbers and of course, pop culture references. Never has an audience at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands been this responsive to a show: they gasped, sang, screamed and danced (yes, like, actually) along from start to finish. At times, it felt more like a sing-along party than a musical – which made the experience so much more fun.
One reason why the musical resonates so well is due to the strong cast. Maris McCulley who plays the lead makes Elle Woods her own (a feat in itself) and her version of the character is more nuanced than Witherspoon’s. Even the supporting cast was stellar – Mychal Phillips (Paulette) and Anna Landy (Vivienne) were audience favourites, and Jayson Speters who plays Emmett Forrest stole the show every time he took the stage.
While light-hearted and fun, the show also has moments that are sincere. There are tender, sincere moments peppered throughout, and the show also tackles issues like sexism and empowerment.
Legally Blonde – The Musical was a genuinely fun ride that makes for a perfect girls’ night out. The movie may have come out more than 17 years ago, but the show proves to be relevant and refreshing.
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