Palace Theatre, (4/29/2007 - 10/19/2008)

First Preview: Apr 03, 2007
Opening Date: Apr 29, 2007
Closing Date: Oct 19, 2008
Total Previews: 30
Total Performances: 595

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: In and around the Delta Nu house, Southern California. In and around the Harvard Law campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander and James L. Nederlander

Produced by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals, Dori Berinstein, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, Amanda Lipitz, Broadway Asia, Barbara Whitman, FWPM Group, Ruth Hendel, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Hal Goldberg, David Binder, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Robert G. Bartner, Michael A. Jenkins, Albert Nocciolino and Warren Trepp; Produced in association with MGM On Stage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber; Associate Producer: PMC Productions, Yasuhiro Kawana, Andrew Asnes and Adam Zotovich

Music by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based on the novel by Amanda Brown; Based on the film by MGM; Musical Director: James Sampliner; Music orchestrated by Christopher Jahnke; Music arranged by Laurence O'Keefe and James Sampliner

Directed by Jerry Mitchell; Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; Associate Director: Marc Bruni; Associate Choreographer: Denis Jones

Scenic Design by David Rockwell; Costume Design by Gregg Barnes; Lighting Design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Hair Design by David Brian Brown; Associate Scenic Design: Richard Jaris; Associate Costume Design: Sky Switser; Automated Lighting Programmer: Timothy F. Rogers; Make-Up Design by Justen M. Brosnan

General Manager: Nina Lannan & Associates and Maggie Brohn; Company Manager: Kimberly Kelley; Associate Co. Mgr: Nathan Gehan

Production Stage Manager: Bonnie L. Becker; Technical Supervisor: Smitty/Theatersmith, Inc.; Stage Manager: Kimberly Russell

Conducted by James Sampliner; Associate Conductor: Jason DeBord; Violin 1/Concertmaster: Antoine Silverman; Viola: Jonathan Dinklage; Cello: Peter Sachon; Lead Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Dave Trigg; Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn: Bud Burridge; Trombon/Bass trombone: Keith O'Quinn; Reed 1 (Alto sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Penny whistle): Vincent DellaRocca; Reed 2 (Tenor sax, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, English horn): Dan Willis; Reed 3 (Baritone sax, Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Flute, Bassoon): Chad Smith; French Horn: Roger Wendt; Drums, Percussion, Synthesizer: Greg Joseph; Acoustic & electric bass: Mark Vanderpoel; Keyboard 1: James Sampliner; Keyboard 2: Jason DeBord; Keyboard 3: Matt Gallagher; Electric/Acoustic guitars, Mandolin: John Putnam; Electric/Acoustic guitars: Kenny Brescia; Percussion, Mallets, Timpani, Latin, Electronic: Pablo Rieppi; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller

Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Casting: Bernard Telsey; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Animal Trainer: William Berloni; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Dance Captain: Michelle Kittrell and Rusty Mowery; Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis; Fight direction by Thomas Schall; Photographer: Paul Kolnik

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Opening Night Cast

Laura Bell BundyElle Woods
(Apr 03, 2007 - Jul 20, 2008)
Richard H. BlakeWarner Huntington III
Christian BorleEmmett Forrest
OrfehPaulette
Michael RupertProfessor Callahan
Kate ShindleVivienne Kensington
Nikki SnelsonBrooke Wyndam
(Apr 03, 2007 - Apr 06, 2008)
Shandi
Annaleigh AshfordMargot
(Apr 03, 2007 - Sep 23, 2007)
April BerryKristine
Ensemble
Paul CanaanEnsemble
ChicoBruiser
ChloeRufus
Beth CurryGabby
Ensemble
Amber EféJudge
Ensemble
Store Manager
Gaelen GillilandMom
Whitney
Ensemble
Jason GillmanEnsemble
Becky GulsvigLeilani
Ensemble
Rod HarrelsonEnsemble
Manuel HerreraPadamadan
Nikos
Ensemble
Natalie Joy JohnsonVeronica
Enid
Ensemble
Andy KarlGrandmaster Chad
Dewey
Kyle
Ensemble
Nick KenkelEnsemble
Michelle KittrellCece
Ensemble
Leslie KritzerSerena
(Apr 03, 2007 - Aug 12, 2007)
DeQuina MoorePilar
(Apr 03, 2007 - Jul 01, 2007)
Kevin PariseauDad
Winthrop
Ensemble
Matthew RischCarlos
Ensemble
Jason Patrick SandsEnsemble
(Apr 03, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007)
Noah WeisbergAaron
(Apr 03, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Guard
(Apr 03, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Ensemble
(Apr 03, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Kate WetherheadChutney
(Apr 03, 2007 - Feb 24, 2008)
Kate
(Apr 03, 2007 - Feb 24, 2008)
Ensemble
(Apr 03, 2007 - Feb 24, 2008)

Swings: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Tracy Jai Edwards, Rod Harrelson and Rusty Mowery

Understudies: Annaleigh Ashford (Elle Woods), Beth Curry (Brooke Wyndam, Shandi), Tracy Jai Edwards (Serena, Vivienne Kensington), Amber Efé (Paulette), Gaelen Gilliland (Enid, Paulette, Vivienne Kensington), Jason Gillman (Warner Huntington III), Becky Gulsvig (Elle Woods), Andy Karl (Emmett Forrest, Professor Callahan), Michelle Kittrell (Brooke Wyndam, Shandi), Kevin Pariseau (Professor Callahan), Matthew Risch (Warner Huntington III) and Noah Weisberg (Emmett Forrest)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2007 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Heather Hach

 2007 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

 2007 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Laura Bell Bundy

 2007 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christian Borle

 2007 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Orfeh

 2007 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2007 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Gregg Barnes

Drama Desk Award

 2007 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals, Dori Berinstein, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, Amanda Lipitz, Broadway Asia, Barbara Whitman, FWPM Group, Ruth Hendel, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Hal Goldberg, David Binder, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Robert G. Bartner, Michael A. Jenkins, Albert Nocciolino, Warren Trepp, PMC Productions, Yasuhiro Kawana, Andrew Asnes and Adam Zotovich; Produced in association with MGM On Stage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber

 2007 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Heather Hach

 2007 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Laura Bell Bundy

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christian Borle

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Orfeh

 2007 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2007 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Jerry Mitchell

 2007 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

 2007 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

David Rockwell

 2007 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Omigod You Guys
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Margot, Serena, Pilar, Delta Nu's, Elle Woods, Shopgirl and Manager
Serious
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Warner Huntington III and Elle Woods
Daughter of Delta Nu
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Margot, Serena, Pilar, Kate and Delta Nu's
What You Want
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Margot, Serena, Pilar, Kate, Mom, Dad, Grandmaster Chad, Winthrop, Pforzheimer, Lowell, Delta Nu's and Company
The Harvard Variations
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Emmett Forrest, Aaron, Enid, Padamadan and Harvard Students
Blood in the Water
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Professor Callahan and Company
Positive
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Margot, Serena, Pilar and Greek Chorus
Ireland
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Paulette
Ireland (Reprise)
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Paulette
Serious (Reprise)
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods and Warner Huntington III
Chip on My Shoulder
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Emmett Forrest, Elle Woods, Greek Chorus and Company
So Much Better
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Greek Chorus and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Whipped Into Shape
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Brooke Wyndam, Professor Callahan and Company
Take It Like a Man
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Emmett Forrest and Salespersons
Bend and Snap
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Paulette, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Salonfolk
There! Right There!
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Emmett Forrest, Brooke Wyndam, Vivienne Kensington, Warner Huntington III, Enid, Judge, Nikos, Carlos and Company
Legally Blonde
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods and Emmett Forrest
Legally Blonde Remix
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Vivienne Kensington, Enid, Elle Woods and Company
Omigod You Guys (Reprise)
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods and Company
Find My Way/Finale
(music by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe; lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe )
Elle Woods, Paulette and Company

Reviews


AP: "Legally Blonde only fitful fun"

In some respects, you can't fault "Legally Blonde," the kinetic new musical at Broadway's Palace Theatre. It really moves.

The lavish show (reportedly with a more than $12 million price tag) has energy to spare, a forward motion provided by ace director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell that simply refuses to quit. And a plot, based on the Amanda Brown novel and the 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, that is more than serviceable.

So why, despite the expensive glitz and an aggressive, go-go attitude, does "Legally Blonde" only fitfully entertain? Most prominently because of a disappointing score.

Its music and lyrics don't add much to the story of Elle Woods, a perky sorority sister at Delta Nu who gets dumped by her Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend and decides to follow him to its rarified ivy halls. Along the way, this blond fashion-plate, with a propensity for wearing pink, discovers her self-worth, finds a new beau and gets a law degree to boot.

Female empowerment has proven to be a gold mine on Broadway for another big show: "Wicked," and its green heroine, Elphaba. So you can see what the folks behind "Legally Blonde" might have been thinking as they set out to create their own musical-theater poster girt.

Book writer Heather Hach has nicely condensed the story and even managed to add a few new jokes with up-to-the-minute popular references. While not exactly a cinematic masterpiece, the film had a cheerful spirit that Hach, for the most part, preserves. Things get a little convoluted in Act 2 when Elle and a trio of other law students assist in the trial of physical-fitness guru accused of murdering her much older husband. Yet Mitchell never lets things lag for too long.

What slows down the production are some of the songs by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Most of them are vaguely pop, tunes with little discernible theatricality. The melodies evaporate quickly, particularly the more serious love songs for Elle, portrayed by Laura Bell Bundy, and her nerdy mentor, a teaching assistant played by Christian Borle.

Bundy can squeal "Omigod you guys" - which seems to be the one phrase all Delta Nu sisters have in common - with fervor.

Yet she doesn't quite have the warmth that Witherspoon brought to the movie. The actress radiates efficiency.

Borle is a first-rate comedian as anyone who saw his performance in "Monty Python's Spamalot" knows. Here, unfortunately, Borle's comedic skills are kept under wraps as the musical's nice if boring good guy.

The supporting players come off better, most notably Orfeh as a forlorn, blue-collar beautician, who, according to Elle, must learn how to "bend and snap" if she is to attract a man. In this case, the object of her adoration is a hunky UPS man (Andy Karl) who gets one of the evening's biggest laughs with his deadpan delivery announcement. "I've got a package."

Then there are Michael Rupert, in terrific voice, as the predatory law professor who has designs on Elle and Richard H. Blake as the self-absorbed, would-be lawyer who dumps her.

A "Greek" chorus of Elle's sorority sisters - Leslie Kritzer, Annaleigh Ashford, DeQuina Moore - leads many of the dance numbers that seem to pop up every few minutes. Mitchell, who has choreographed such shows as "Hairspray," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and the 2004 revival of "La Cage aux Folies," always keeps his large company of dancers on the run.

From a high-stepping march version of Elle's Harvard essay application to an athletic workout routine to a Michael Flatley-"Lord of the Dance" inspired spoof, Mitchell conjures movement with style and wit.

Designer Gregg Barnes has created a parade of colorful costumes, most notably several outfits reflecting Elle's Southern California sensibilities. And David Rockwell's settings are equally vivid.

Finally, there are the production's two canines, a Chihuahua and a bulldog, which, of course, get immediate audience approval. But it's Mitchell who should get the crowd's biggest hand. Making a show this big - and tuneless - move is hard work.


AP
04/29/2007

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Palace Theatre

(4/29/2007 - 10/19/2008)
Company Manager: Nathan Gehan(Jan 18, 2008 - ?); Assistant Co. Mgr: Katherine McNamee(Jan 18, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008); General Manager: J. Anthony Magner(Jan 28, 2008 - Apr 27, 2008).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Charlene Speyerer; Production Stage Manager: Kristen Harris(Apr 15, 2008 - ?); Assistant Stage Mgr: Kelly Stillwell(May 27, 2008 - ?), Seth Sklar-Heyn(May 1, 2007 - ?).

Reed 1 (Alto sax, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Penny whistle): Chuck Wilson; Associate Conductor: Matt Gallagher(2008 - ?).

Dance Captain: Tiffany Engen; Press Associate: Matt Shea; Press Representative: Leslie Baden; Associate Press Representative: Matt Shea.

Cast

Barry Anderson
Aaron
Ensemble
Nathan Balser
Ensemble
Kyle Brown
Broadway debut
Carlos
Lowell
Haven Burton
Margot (Sep 26, 2007 - May 11, 2008)
Beth Curry
Brooke Wyndam (Apr 23, 2008 - May 4, 2008)
Ven Daniel
Dewey
Ensemble
Grandmaster Chad
Kyle
Tracy Jai Edwards
Serena (Aug 15, 2007 - ?)
Stephanie Fittro
Chutney (Feb 27, 2008 - ?)
Ensemble (Feb 27, 2008 - ?)
Kate (Feb 27, 2008 - ?)
Josh Franklin
Ensemble
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Pilar (Jul 2, 2007 - ?)
Jason Gillman
Pforzheimer
Bailey Hanks
Elle Woods (Jul 23, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008)
Nicolette Hart
Brooke Wyndam (May 7, 2008 - ?)
Shandi (May 7, 2008 - ?)
Manuel Herrera
Beer Bash Dancer
Autumn Hurlbert
Ensemble
Nick Kenkel
Beer Bash Dancer
Michelle Kittrell
Brooke Wyndam (Apr 9, 2008 - Apr 20, 2008)
Cara Massey
Courtney
Ensemble
Mom
Whitney
Rusty Mowery
Ensemble
Emily Padgett
Cece (Jun 4, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008)
District Attorney (Jun 4, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008)
Ensemble (Jun 4, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008)
Kevin Pariseau
Reporter
Matthew Risch
Lowell
Kate Rockwell
Broadway Debut
Margot (May 14, 2008 - Oct 19, 2008)
Bryce Ryness
Aaron (Jan 2, 2008 - ?)
Ensemble (Jan 2, 2008 - ?)
Dani Spieler
Gabby
Leilani
Lucia Spina
Enid
Veronica
Casey Leigh Thompson
Ensemble (Apr 23, 2008 - Sep 7, 2008)
Gabby (Apr 23, 2008 - Sep 7, 2008)
Stenographer (Apr 23, 2008 - Sep 7, 2008)
Bryan West



Understudies: Barry Anderson (Emmett Forrest), Haven Burton (Elle Woods), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Enid), Cara Cooper (Serena), Tiffany Engen (Margot, Pilar, Serena), Josh Franklin (Emmett Forrest), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Brooke Wyndam, Shandi), Becky Gulsvig (Margot, Serena), Autumn Hurlbert (Elle Woods), Cara Massey (Enid, Paulette, Vivienne Kensington), Emily Padgett (Brooke Wyndam, Pilar, Shandi), Kate Rockwell (Elle Woods), Bryce Ryness (Emmett Forrest).


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