Musical (2007)

Musique: Laurence O'Keefe • Neil Benjamin
Paroles: Laurence O'Keefe • Neil Benjamin
Livret: Heather Hach
Production à la création:

Blonde, Chihuahua-toting fashion-student Elle Woods is devastated when her fiancé Warner Huntingdon decides to abandon her in favour of his legal studies at Havard. So, determined to prove she is more than an empty- headed bimbo, she also enrols at Havard. Clashing with snobby classmates and appalled professors, especially the supercilious Professor Callahan, she eventually saves the day as a legal intern working on a scandalous murder case where she wins the case by forcing a witness out of the closet (Is he gay or European?). Along the way she solves the romantic problems of Paulette, a lovelorn manicurist and Kyle, an hilariously macho delivery-man; gets support from a celebrity fitness instructor; and finds true love for herself in the shape of the geeky but lovable Emmett Forrest.

Synopsis complet

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and 2001 film version starring Reese Witherspoon

Broadway (2007-2008)
After a tryout at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre from February 6 to February 24, 2007, following previews from January 23, Legally Blonde opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on April 29, 2007, following previews from April 3. The production was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, and lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller. The original Broadway cast included Laura Bell Bundy in the lead role of Elle Woods and featured Christian Borle, Orfeh and Michael Rupert. The show received mostly positive reviews and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Leading Actress in a Musical, but failed to win any.

During the week ending June 24, 2007, the Broadway production achieved a milestone, joining the millionaires' club for weekly Broadway grosses, by grossing $1,003,282. The musical was filmed for television in front of a live audience on September 18, 2007, as well as two other dates where it was filmed without an audience. The three performances edited together were broadcast on MTV on October 13 and 14, 2007 with subsequent air dates on November 3 and 14, 2007. MTV's involvement with the musical continued with a reality show program called Legally Blonde – The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods, which aimed to cast the next actress to play Elle Woods on Broadway, replacing Laura Bell Bundy. The show was hosted by Haylie Duff, and premiered on June 2, 2008 on MTV. The competition was won by Bailey Hanks, age 20, from Anderson, South Carolina. The results were first aired on July 21, 2008 on MTV, and her debut as Elle Woods was on July 23. The runner-up, Autumn Hurlbert, also debuted on Broadway in this show as a sorority sister in Delta Nu.
The production closed on October 19, 2008 after playing 30 previews and 595 regular performances.

North American Tours (2008-2011)
First National US Tour The first national tour started on September 21, 2008. Becky Gulsvig, who appeared in the ensemble of the original Broadway cast and understudied the role of Elle Woods, is featured as Elle Woods. Lauren Ashley Zakrin and Rhiannon Hansen, both finalists of the MTV reality show, appeared in the national tour. The original tour closed on August 15, 2010 in Vienna, Virginia at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
Second National US Tour After the first US National Equity Tour ended, the tour closed for a few months and reopened with an all new non-equity cast. The tour launched in Jackson, Mississippi on September 21, 2010. Nikki Bohne led the cast as Elle Woods, with Nic Rouleau (Emmett Forrest), Jillian Wallach (Paulette), Hannah Rose DeFlumeri (Vivienne Kensington), and Kahlil Joseph (Professor Callahan). The tour closed on May 15, 2011 at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.

West End (2009-2012)
The West End production opened at the Savoy Theatre on January 13, 2010, following previews from December 5, 2009. The original London cast included Sheridan Smith in the lead role of Elle Woods, with Duncan James, Alex Gaumond, Jill Halfpenny and Peter Davison. In the London production, the lyrics to Ireland were changed.
In October 2009, Sheridan Smith, with other cast members, recorded a pop video to the song "So Much Better". The West End cast of Legally Blonde performed a medley from the show at the BBC Television Centre on 19 November 2009 during the Children in Need telethon.
Legally Blonde is the first and so far only West End show to offer a ticket lottery. The trend is popular on Broadway but had never been used for a West End production. The show had taken £2 million in advance sales before it officially opened. It extended its booking period from the earlier date of October 2011 until the March 31, 2012.
Replacing Sheridan Smith as Elle was Irish actress Susan McFadden (from January 10, 2011), who was replaced by Carley Stenson on July 11, 2011. Other notable replacements included Richard Fleeshman, Simon Thomas and Ben Freeman as Warner, Denise Van Outen, Natalie Casey and Sorelle Marsh as Paulette, Lee Mead and Stephen Ashfield as Emmett, Carley Stenson and Ellie Kirk as Margot and Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne.
The West End show won three Laurence Olivier Awards on March 13, 2011 - 'Best New Musical', 'Best Actress in a Musical' (Sheridan Smith), and 'Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical' (Jill Halfpenny). The show began a UK tour in Liverpool in July 2011. The show has had more success in the UK than it achieved in the USA, with the London production being one of the most popular shows in the West End.
The show closed in London on April 7, 2012, after 974 performances, significantly more than it played on Broadway.

First National UK tour
The first UK tour began on July 8, 2011 at The Liverpool Empire Theatre. The cast included Faye Brooks as Elle, Dave Willetts as Professor Callahan, Iwan Lewis as Emmett, Neil Toon as Warner, Charlotte Harwood as Vivienne, Hannah Grover as Brooke, Sophie Isaacs as Margot, Sinead Long as Serena, Micha Richardson as Pilar and Lori Barker as Judge/Saleswoman. Two celebrities from Liverpool shared the role of Elle's friend, Paulette. From July 8 to September 17 the role was played by former Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon, and from September 20 to December 3 by Claire Sweeney.
Following Willets, Professor Callahan was played by Matthew Kelly, and later Les Dennis, alongside Niki Evans as Paulette. Due to more dates being added to the initial ones listed, and several members of the cast having other commitments, especially with the Les Miserable film, some of the main roles in the show were covered by former London cast members. Amy Lennox (former 1st understudy Elle) covered Faye Brookes as Elle for the Aberdeen leg of the tour, with Stephen Ashfield reprising Emmett just weeks after leaving the show in London, covering Dublin, Belfast and Woking. Andy Mace (original understudy Callahan) covered Callahan in Dublin, before taking over full-time in July. Other cast changes include Tracey Penn taking over as Vivienne and Antony Hewitt as Carlos.
On the 17th July 2012, Jennifer Ellison replaced Niki Evans as Paulette and Gareth Gates replaced Ray Quinn as Warner.
The final show of the UK tour was performed at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 6 October 2012.

Australian Production 2012
The Australian production began previews in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, before opening on October 4, 2012.
Joining Lucy Durack in the lead role, are her fellow Wicked co-stars Rob Mills (as Warner) and David Harris (as Emmett). Supermodel Erika Heynatz will make her musical theatre debut as Brooke Wyndham, with Cameron Daddo returning to the Australian stage for the first time in 20 years to play Professor Callahan.
The production is currently touring the continent

International Productions
Legally Blonde has had international productions in South Korea, The Netherlands, France, The Philippines, Sweden, and Finland.
An Austrian Production "NATÜRLICH BLOND" is planned to open in February 2013,(A German Language Premiere) after Sister Act The Musical

Act I
"Omigod You Guys" – Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
"Serious" – Elle and Warner
"Daughter of Delta Nu"Δ – Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
"What You Want" – Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar, Kate, Elle's Parents, Grandmaster Chad and Company
"The Harvard Variations" – Emmett, Aaron, Enid, Padamadan and Harvard Students
"Blood in the Water" – Callahan and Company
"Positive" – Elle, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Greek Chorus
"Ireland" – Paulette
"Ireland" (Reprise) – Paulette
"Serious" (Reprise) – Elle and Warner
"Chip on My Shoulder" – Elle, Emmett, Greek Chorus and Company
"Run, Rufus, Run/Elle Reflects"ΔΝ – Elle and Emmett
"So Much Better" – Elle, Greek Chorus and Company

Act II
"Whipped into Shape" – Brooke, Callahan and Company
"Delta Nu Nu Nu"Δ – Brooke and Elle
"Take It Like a Man" – Elle, Emmett and Salespeople
"Kyle the Magnificent"ΔΝ – Kyle, Paulette and Elle
"Bend and Snap" – Elle, Paulette, Serena, Margot, Pilar, Bend and Snap Guys and Salonfolk
"Gay or European" – Elle, Callahan, Emmett, Brooke, Vivienne, Warner, Enid, Judge, Nikos, Carlos and Company
"Legally Blonde" – Elle and Emmett
"Legally Blonde Remix" – Vivienne, Elle, Enid, Brooke, Elle's Parents and Company
"Scene of the Crime"Δ – Elle, Judge, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
"Scene of the Crime, Part 2" (Omigod You Guys Reprise)"Δ - Elle, Judge, Serena, Margot, Pilar and Company
"Find My Way" / Finale – Elle, Paulette, Emmett and Company
"Bows"ΔΝ – Orchestra

During its San Francisco run, the musical included a song called "Love and War" in place of what is now "Positive". Another predecessor to "Positive" was "Beacon of Positivity".
During the musical's workshop stage, the song "Good Boy" existed in what would go on to become "Ireland"'s place in the musical. In the song, Paulette and Elle bond over the idea that men are like dogs and should therefore be treated as such.
"Bows" is featured as a iTunes bonus track on the UK iTunes on the Live London Cast Recording but not featured on the Broadway Recording. "Kyle the Magnificent" is also a bonus track on the Live London Cast Recording after "Take It Like a Man" which is where it is in the show. On the Broadway Cast Recording, it's a hidden track at the end of "Find My Way/Finale".
Δ Not featured on Original Broadway Cast Recording
Ν Instrumental Mix

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Version 1

Legally Blonde (2007-02-Golden Gate Theatre-San Francisco)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Golden Gate Theatre (San Francisco - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 06 février 2007
Première : mardi 06 février 2007
Dernière : samedi 24 février 2007
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :

Version 2

Legally Blonde (2007-04-Palace Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 23 previews - 595 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 03 avril 2007
Première : dimanche 29 avril 2007
Dernière : dimanche 19 octobre 2008
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Avec : Elle Woods ... Laura Bell Bundy / Warner Huntington III ... Richard H. Blake / Emmett Forrest ... Christian Borle / Paulette ... Orfeh / Professor Callahan ... Michael Rupert / Vivienne Kensington ... Kate Shindle / Brooke Wyndam ... Nikki Snelson / Margot ... Annaleigh Ashford / Kristine ... April Berry / Bruiser ... Chico
Commentaires : When Laura Bell Bundy decided to leave the show, producers teamed with MTV to broadcast a reality TV show to find her replacement. The show, entitled Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods, ran from June 2nd, 2008 until July 20th, 2008.
Commentaires longs: Bailey Hanks was declared the winner and replaced Bundy on July 23d, 2008. The runner-up, Autumn Hurlbert, served as Hanks' understudy. The third place contestant, Rhiannon Hansen, was given the role of Margot in the national tour. Fourth place contestant Lauren Ashley Zakrin served as the Elle Woods understudy in the national tour.
Presse : BEN BRANTLEY of THE NEW YORK TIMES: “This high-energy, empty-calories and expensive-looking hymn to the glories of girlishness, based on the 2001 film of the same title, approximates the experience of eating a jumbo box of Gummi Bears in one sitting.
JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: "The same is true of this endlessly energetic show. But for all its pep, bright colors and adorable dogs, the "Blonde" that breezed into the Palace last night is rarely - as Elle would say - superfun. It's only sorta fun."
CLIVE BARNES of THe NEW YORK POST: "Amorphous, synthetic and maniacally empty-headed music. When was it that so many Broadway musicals took 'Looney' to their hearts but managed to leave out the 'Tunes'? "
MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER: "So a new star isn't born (Laura Bell Bundy) and the songs aren't all that great, but not everybody demands perfection. Certainly 'Legally Blonde' twinkles brightly enough to tickle pink many a customer seeking easy, breezy amusement. "
ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY: "Whatever pleasures Blonde provides...are as fleeting and superficial as highlights."
LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY: "But she and the musical are peppy and bright and, though not a smidge more shocking than its heroine's special shade of pink, the show is what Elle's sorority pals might also describe as, "Like senior year but funner."
ROBERT FELDBERG of the RECORD: "Witty, insistently engaging, warp-speed musical comedy."
ERIC GRODE of the NEW YORK SUN: "To quote from the show's intended demographic, its not gr8 but itll make you LOL. IMHO, obvs."
JOHN SIMON of BLOOMBERG: "Thrives on its secondary virtues, its production values. It will keep your interest, but is that tantamount to earning its keep? "
MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS: "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."
DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY: "The show's good-natured appeal is undeniable, right down to the delicious, probably unintentionally cruel timing of its 'Riverdance' parody, following turgid fellow Broadway newcomer 'The Pirate Queen' into New York."

Version 3

Legally Blonde (2008-09-US Tour)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 10 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : dimanche 21 septembre 2008
Première : dimanche 21 septembre 2008
Dernière : dimanche 15 août 2010
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Avec : Elle Woods ... Becky Gulsvig / Emmett Forrest ... D.B. Bonds / Paulette ... Natalie Joy Johnson / Professor Callahan ... Ken Land / Warner Huntington III ... Jeff Mclean / Vivienne Kensington ... Megan Lewis / Grandmaster Chad ... Ven Daniel / Dewey ... Ven Daniel / Kyle ... Ven Daniel / Brooke Wyndam ... Coleen Sexton

Version 4

Legally Blonde (2009-12-Savoy Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Savoy Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 ans 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 974 représentations
Première Preview : samedi 05 décembre 2009
Première : mercredi 13 janvier 2010
Dernière : samedi 07 avril 2012
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Avec : Sheridan Smith (Elle Woods), Duncan James (Warner Huntingdon), Peter Davison (Professor Callahan), Jill Halfpenny (Paulette), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Kyle), Aoife Mulholland (Fitness Instructor), Alex Gaumond ( Emmett Forest)
Commentaires : Cette version a eu un succès énorme à Londres… Plus qu'à Broadway. Elle a été une vraie révélation de Sheridan Smith, des hordes de fan l'attendant à la sortie des artistes.
Presse : "I can only report that the ­predominantly female audience with whom I saw the show seemed to be ­having a whale of a time and did not give a damn about the fact that the musical is little more than a nonsensical fairytale. " Micheal Billington for The Guardian /
"Totally blown's ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish." Paul Taylor for The Independent / "Delightful, annoying, supremely wishful musical...Let’s overlook some forgettable tunes and welcome dance that embraces everything from skipping with ropes to spoof Riverdance...Legally Blonde is, well, fun" Benedict Nightingale for The Times / "Among feelgood musicals, Legally Blonde is right up there." Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph / "It's energetic and amusing." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard / "The plot is pap, the musical unmemorable, the dancing often hefty except for one routine with skipping ropes." Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail / "This musical will not disappoint fans of the movie - it’s a faithful, funny and feel-good adaptation." Evelyn Curlet for The Stage

Version 5

Legally Blonde (2011-07-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 08 juillet 2011
Première : vendredi 08 juillet 2011
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Avec : Elle Woods ... Faye Brookes / Emmett Forrest ... Iwan Lewis / Paulette ... Liz McClarnon / Warner Huntington III ... Neil Toon / Professor Callahan ... Dave Willetts

Version 6

Legally Blonde (2013-02-Ronacher Theatre-Vienne)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Ronacher (Vienne - Autriche)
Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 21 février 2013
Première : jeudi 21 février 2013
Dernière : samedi 29 juin 2013
Mise en scène : Jerry Mitchell
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Avec : Barbara Obermeier (Elle Woods), Jörg Neubauer (Emmett Forrest), Alexander Goebel (Professor Callahan), Ana Milva Gomes (Paulette Buonufonté), Hendrik Schall (Warner Huntington III), Sanne Mieloo (Vivienne Kensington), Linda Hold (Brooke Wyndham), Birgit Wanka (Serena), Anja Haeseli (Margot), Sidonie Smith (Pilar), Daniel Rakasz (Großmeister Chad / Dewey / Kyle), Jörn-Felix Alt (Walk-In Cover Warner Huntington III), André Bauer (Walk-In Cover Dad / Winthrop / Professor Callahan), Katja Berg (Courtney / Mum / Withney, Cover Paulette Buonufonté, Cover Vivienne Kensington), Jurriaan Bles (Padamadan / Niko), Anna Carina Buchegger (Gabby / Gerichtsschreiberin, Cover Margot), Amélie Dobler (Kristine, Cover Elle Woods), Adrianna Hicks (Richterin / Verkäuferin, Cover Pilar), Armin Kahl (Dad / Winthrop, Cover Professor Callahan), Paul Knights (Kiki), Peter Kratochvil (Pforzheimer), Marie-Anjes Lumpp (Leilani, Cover Elle Woods), Maximilian Mann (Carlo, Cover Großmeister Chad / Dewey / Kyle, Cover Warner Huntington III), Myrthes Monteiro (Cece / Staatsanwältin, Cover Serena), Anouk Roolker (Enid), Jennifer Siemann (Kate / Chuthney, Cover Margot), Benjamin Sommerfeld (Lowell, Cover Emmett Forrest), Janine Buck (Swing, Cover Brooke Wyndham, Cover Serena), Maria Graciano (Swing, Dance Captain, Cover Pilar), Jerôme Knols (N Swing), Jan-Eike Majert (N Swing), Georg Prohazka (N Swing, Dance Captain Assistant), Anne-Mette Riis (Swing, Cover Brooke Wyndham), Gabriela Ryffel (Swing, Cover Vivienne Kensington, Cover Paulette Buonufonté)
Commentaires : Titre allemand: "Natürlich Blond"

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