The movie Legally Blonde sponsored a total of 96 million in box office sales and was loved by critics, so it’s no surprise the movie produced two sequels, a Broadway play, and Legally Blonde JR the Musical. The movie won four awards for dressing, lines, the movie of the summer, and best comedic performance. The Jr version may be for middle schools, but it still follows the same plot of the movie. Delta Nu princess Elle Woods (Sarah Boush) decides to follow her ex-boyfriend, Warner (Brady Leonard), to Harvard in order to win him back, causing a kerfuffle. While there, she finds out he has a new girlfriend named Vivienne (Kendall Sommers), who instantly thinks she’s a joke. With the help of Paulette (Delaney Cosentino) and Emmett (Thomas Davis) Elle strives to prove herself in Professor Callahan’s (Dan Root) class. The Trottier version followed the Jr version to a tee, with Mrs. Morris directing, Pattie Cohen producing, Carolyn Alzapiedi as the music director, and Christine Penzone as the choreographer and technical director. The cast’s singing and acting made the musical truly magnificent.
Sarah Boush, who’s no stranger to getting a huge role in the plays, delivered the role of Elle Woods splendidly. She showed the emotion of the character and her voice was beautiful. Brady Leonard’s performance of Warner was solid. When it was called for, he showed little emotion toward Elle and the expected attention toward Vivienne. The actresses portrayed the Delta Nus very well, including the aftermath of Elle and Warner’s break up when the sorority girls were crowding around the doors and saw the Milky Way bar. They all looked genuinely scared or shocked, and the attention wasn’t just on those who were talking. The acting and lighting helped to show that all the attention should be on the girls and not the voice coming from behind the door. All the actors and actresses reacted to the scenes in front of them. They all delivered their lines amazingly and made the audience feel what the characters were feeling.
Most, if not all of the major roles, had a singing part. Throughout Legally Blonde JR the Musical there are a total of 14 songs. Most songs easily fit into the play, and it didn’t feel like they put it in for the sake of a musical. Some of the songs such as “Ireland,” “Run Rufus Run,” and “So Much Better” didn’t have as much impact. For example, “So Much Better” wasn’t needed since you could see Elle getting better and better, and “Run Rufus Run” might have been better if Elle saw Paulette playing with Rufus and seeing how happy she is joined in. On the other hand, some songs were very well placed and offered a bit of introduction to the character, such as “Serious” and “Omigod You Guys.” “Serious” gives us an opening to Warner’s reasons behind dumping Elle and how he views himself with her, while “Omigod You Guys” gives the perfect introduction to the sorority sisters, their attitudes, and what they value. The song allows the audience, even those who have never seen the movie or play, to know who they are. The songs, be them meaningful or insignificant, were all definitely a treat.
Legally Blonde Jr the Musical gave viewers an amazing story, costumes, and lighting, but what really caught the most attention were the songs and actors/actresses. The story revolves around the thought that sometimes beauty and smarts go hand in hand. Elle started out thinking beauty was all that mattered, but after attending the school and learning, she’s more than a pretty face. The show ends with Elle graduating Harvard with highest honors, along with her new best friend, Vivienne, and boyfriend, Emmett. The show overall was very good and was definitely one of the better Trottier plays. If you missed the show you can always see the movie or Broadway show.