My second round of Legally Blonde the Musical was even better thanks to Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) Vancouver, and a friend, whose Chihuahua, Slinky, played Elle Woods’ Bruiser that evening.
The sets were minimal but the good thing is that it did not distract the storyline and nobody seemed to mind especially as great performances was given by the entire cast, most notably, Jocelyn Gauthier as Elle Woods, Scott Walters as Emmett, and Warren Kimmel as Professor Callaghan.
Gautheir’s version stayed true to the character, both in film and the original version which was played by Laura Bell Bundy, but also giving her own touch. I actually enjoyed her character way better than the National Tour version I saw a couple of years ago.
I will admit that I was kind of anxious on how my favorite numbers were going to be staged, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, particularly the numbers, What You Want (the one song in the show that has since embedded in my brain since the first time I watched it), Ireland, Whipped Into Shape, and There! Right There!
All in all, director Valerie Easton’s staging of Legally Blonde provided the same amount of fun, energy, and entertainment as its Broadway and National Tour counterparts, some aspects even exceeding expectations. I’ve only seen 3 productions by Ms. Easton and so far, none had disappointed!
Theatre Under the Stars’ alternating productions of Legally Blonde and Shrek continues to play until August 30 2014 at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Check out their site and get tickets at http://tuts.ca/ The outdoor setting of the show provided a very relaxed atmosphere and made for a very good Summer experience.
Oh, and next month, on my vacation, I am expecting another helping of the show via the Norwegian Getaway, and of course I will be logging how that goes, if I am able to catch it while at sea.