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LEGALLY BLONDE presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music through Nov. 2. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Saturday matinee performance.
For their fall Mainstage performance, CCM Musical Theatre mounts a high-energy production of the movie-musical, LEGALLY BLONDE. Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala.
One thing you can always count on at CCM is great vocals. From ensemble to leads, the show sounded great, supported by the orchestra under the music direction of Craig Dalton. From my seat, I did encounter some sound execution issues with the balance between the cast and orchestra.
Lawson Young does well as Elle Woods. I did feel that she came off a bit tentative at times in the first act, but she really came into the role in act two. Young’s chemistry with Emmett, played by Chris Collins-Pisano, was believably and grew appropriately with the well-done “Take it Like a Man” serving as a natural turning point for their relationship. I would have like to have seen a bit more energy out of Emmett sooner in the show.
“There! Right There” was very funny from start to finish and a comedic highlight of the show for me.
Strong support work from the other legal interns: Emily Trumble as Vivienne, Ben Biggers as Warner and Gina Santare as Enid. I also enjoyed Adam Zeph as the loathsome Callahan.
Madeline Lynch does well as Paulette, but considering how big the character is in the movie, I would have liked to have seen Paulette be a bit more bawdy and not quite so sophisticated. Conversely, Paulette’s ex-boyfriend Dewey, played by Jay McGill, was taken to such a trailer-park-trash extreme that it strains the credibility of the two as a couple for ten years. Mills does a good job as Kyle, but his sexy strut needs work.
The choreography by Lala worked well, with the “Legally Blonde Remix” being a great production number. There were a couple of numbers that brought performers all the way downstage to the right and left of the orchestra pit, which blocked my sight-line for a couple of the numbers. That afternoon, the jump ropes were not being very cooperative for “Whipped into Shape.”
I was very impressed by the set design of guest artist, Joe Leonard. The two towers in the opening number immediately brought Barbie’s Dream House to mind. The brick facade on the back side of the towers, in different combinations with the suspended bridge, the three archway walls with multiple inserts and other pieces did a great job of creating unique looks for the many different locations.
A very fun and entertaining show. Excellent work.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
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