After taking in and enjoying the Canon County Arts Center production of Camelot early this year, my lovely wife and I decided to take the plunge on season tickets. Over the past several months, we’ve enjoyed a lot of great shows including a one-act version of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the stage version of Arsenic and Old Lace and a show that was unfamiliar to us before we saw it, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.
All were great, but the one we took in this weekend really knocked it out of the park and is my new favorite of the season–Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Based on the movie of the same name, it’s the story of Elle Woods and her pursuit of love from the campus of UCLA to Harvard Law School. After getting dumped by her long time boyfriend for not being serious enough for his law career aspirations, Elle makes up her mind to prove him wrong. She gets accepted to Harvard Law School and soon begins to shine there, thanks to a tutor, Emmett and her friend, Pamela, a local beautician.
Now, I’ve not seen the original Reese Witherspoon film on which Legally Blonde is based (some of you are gasping in horror, I know) so I went into the play with no expectations. I can’t say whether it was faithful to the source material or not, but to me it doesn’t really matter. From the opening moments all the way to the final big number, the songs were infectious (I’m still humming them two days later), the cast was superb and the production another winner from the Canon County Arts Center.
Next up is their musical on roller skates, Xanadu. I can’t wait to see what they do with it. And no, I probably won’t watch the movie of that one before going to the play either….