Legally Blonde

I'll admit it. I'm a bald, mustachioed, macho man who enjoyed this saccharine sweet, feel-good girly-girl musical. I even found some of it amusing. A lot of the credit goes to the infectious charm and stellar performance of Becky Gulsvig in the role of Elle Woods, the blonde California sorority girl who follows her ex-beau Warner (Jeff McLean) to Harvard Law School to win him back. When it's all over, Elle has faced off with shark-attorneys, made a host of interesting friends, played matchmaker, found true love with Emmett (D.B.Bonds) and learned something about life, love and the value of being true to one's self. The book for this stage adaptation of the popular 2001 movie is by Heather Hach, and is vigorously choreographed and directed by Jerry Mitchell (La Cage Aux Folles and Hairspray). Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin's music and lyrics are not memorable, being as as sugary-sweet as the story itself. David Rockwell's grand, pink-themed sets are stunning, even a bit overwhelming at times, and the same can be said of the collage of blinding colors in Gregg Barnes' costume design. Yet the show is such a guilty pleasure, I'm going back with my daughter. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m., through Sept. 6. (800) 982-2787. A Broadway L.A. production.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 14. Continues through Sept. 6, 2009

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