Legally Blonde the Musical
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.
Show Essentials
7
Roles
+ Ensemble
12
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

The curtain rises on Delta Nu Sorority House at University California, Los Angeles. Here, we find the Delta Nu sisters preparing for the arrival of their sorority president Elle Woods. The house is abuzz with rumors that Elle's long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington, plans to propose at dinner. When Elle doesn't appear, the girls frantically rush to the Old Valley Mall where we finally meet Elle. She has found the perfect dress for Warner's proposal and she celebrates with her sisters ("Omigod You Guys").

As evening falls, we find Elle and Warner enjoying a romantic dinner by candlelight. While Elle anxiously awaits the proposal, Warner explains that it's time to get serious and take the next step…by breaking up ("Serious"). He doesn't believe she is serious enough about her future. Elle, upset and embarrassed, is shocked by this revelation and storms out.

It has now been twelve days, and Elle is still holed up in her bedroom eating milky ways ("Daughter of Delta Nu"). After an argument breaks out between the girls, Elle emerges to stop the madness and comes across the latest issue of Town & Country where, to her surprise, she sees a wedding picture of Warner's brother, Peyton Huntington, and his new wife Muffy Vanderbilt. It is then that she realizes that Warner is looking for someone like Muffy - a girl who is serious, lawyerly and wears black when nobody's dead.

Elle devises a plan to join Warner in Cambridge by applying to Harvard Law School, much to the dismay and skepticism of her parents ("What You Want"). With a qualifying LSAT score of 175, Elle bursts into the Harvard admission offices to deliver her own 'personal essay' - a full marching band, a squad of cheerleaders, and the declaration that she is doing this for love. Swayed by her belief in love, the admission officers accept Elle's application and enroll her into Harvard Law School.

We move to halls of Harvard where Emmett Forrest, an alum and teaching assistant, is addressing a group of first-year law students. Here, we meet an assortment of characters that enjoy discussing their success and intelligence ("Harvard Variations"). When Elle arrives, her classmates are not thrilled and disapprove of her perky behavior.

At Criminal Law 101, with Professor Callahan, Elle spots Warner and surprises him. Before they can catch up, Professor Callahan begins class by insisting that law school is a waste unless you are willing to become a ruthless shark with a taste for blood in the water ("Blood In The Water"). When Elle finds herself unprepared, Callahan removes her from class and insists she return when she is ready to learn.

Stunned, Elle leaves the classroom and is chased down by Emmet who tries his best to console her. Now in the hallway, Elle and Vivienne Kensington, Warner's new girlfriend, come face to face. Vivienne has no trouble making her feelings known and proceeds to mark her territory with Warner. Elle, frustrated and inconsolable, is visited by a Greek Chorus, the girls of Delta Nu, who will help Elle win Warner back and encourage her to just stay positive ("Positive").

Elle is convinced that her blonde hair is the source of her problems and has retreated to the Hair Affair salon, where she plans to go brunette. We meet Paulette, a hairdresser, who sees a bright future for Elle and insists that all she needs is some relaxing Irish music. Paulette laments about her own dreams to, one day, fall in love in Ireland ("Ireland"). Elle overhears Vivienne and her friend enter the salon, as they chat about an upcoming party. A curious Elle chimes in and Vivienne invites her along, telling her it's a costume party. Elle thanks Paulette for the encouragement and heads off to fight for her man ("Ireland [Reprise]").

When Elle arrives to the party, as a Playboy bunny, she comes to realize the joke is on her - no one else is wearing a costume. Elle, although humiliated, refuses to be defeated and reminisces with Warner about their past relationship ("Serious [Reprise]"). Vivienne interrupts their conversation with insults and jabs. Elle has no choice but to leave the party.

On her way home, Elle runs into Emmett on a bench who proceeds to tell her about his own personal challenges and how that helped him get to where he is. Emmett encourages Elle to use that chip on her shoulder as motivation - to become a serious student and prove Warner, Vivienne, and Callahan wrong ("Chip On My Shoulder"). With guidance from Emmett, Elle realizes that it is time to focus on changing her priorities and sets out to do her best. After weeks and weeks of studying, Elle wins a case against Warner in debate class. Professor Callahan is pleasantly surprised and asks her to submit a resume for his prestigious internship.

We now find Elle and Paulette, with Emmett at their side, at a dumpy trailer. They have arrived to confront Paulette's ex-boyfriend, Dewey, and retrieve her beloved dog. Elle, using her newly found legal knowledge, prevails and Paulette gets her Rufus back ("Run Rufus Run! / Elle Reflects"). It is then announced that Callahan will be representing exercise queen, Brooke Wyndham, in a big murder trial and needs immediate help; Emmett will be serving as co-counsel and four students, from the class, will be selected as interns.

When the list is posted, we see Warner and Vivienne embrace as Elle watches - they have made the cut as two of Callahan's interns. Warner goes to one knee and proposes. Vivienne accepts. Elle is now heartbroken and ready to claim defeat. Just then, Emmett approaches Elle with the list…she has made it! Feeling elated and victorious, Elle realizes that this moment is so much better than any moment she had ever shared with Warner. Elle is finally moving on ("So Much Better").

Act Two

We open to a law firm's conference room. Callahan, Emmett, and the four interns are examining a workout video made by their defendant, Brooke Wyndham ("Whipped Into Shape"), as Callahan explains the case and prepares his counsel for a jailhouse visit. At the jail, it is revealed that Brooke is refusing to provide an alibi and will not accept a plea bargain despite the overwhelming amount of evidence against her. Brooke, however, insists she is innocent. Upon her counsel's departure, Elle seizes the opportunity to bond with Brooke who happens to be a Delta Nu sister ("Delta Nu Nu Nu"). With a trust formed between the ladies, Brooke comes clean with her alibi - she was having liposuction on the day of her husband's murder. Elle is sworn to secrecy and promises not to share this news with anyone.

When Emmett tries to coax Elle into sharing this secret with the rest of the team, Elle stands her ground and refuses to jeopardize Brooke's trust. Elle can now see that Emmett is concerned about how Callahan will react and is determined to take his mind off things. She drags him to the department store.

At the department store, Elle convinces Emmett that it's time for a wardrobe change if he really wants to impress Callahan. While Emmett tries to understand why he is so drawn to Elle, the two begin their shopping spree ("Take It Like A Man"). The next day, Elle is enjoying a manicure at the Hair Affair when Kyle, the new UPS delivery guy, enters. Paulette is floored by Kyle's good looks but is convinced that she has nothing left to offer a man like that. Soon after, however, she discovers that she has the most perfect "Bend and Snap." The Greek Chorus appears, and encourages her to hone her skills and use this killer move on Kyle ("Bend And Snap"). When Kyle comes back to retrieve his stylus, Paulette executes the bend but miscalculates the snap…and breaks Kyle's nose.

At trial, we meet an exotic pool boy, Nikos, who claims he is a witness to the crime. Nikos testifies that he and Brooke were lovers and that she is, in fact, responsible for the murder. Elle is not convinced and consults with her fellow lawyers who must determine if Nikos is actually gay or, instead, just European ("Gay Or European?"). Emmett approaches the stand and attempts to break Nikos down. His strategy works and it is revealed that the young man is gay!

That evening Callahan is hosting a celebration for his defense team and the group toasts to a successful day. Callahan asks Elle to stay late, so that they can discuss. As Warner and Vivienne secretly watch on, Callahan forces himself upon Elle and kisses her. When she rejects his advances, Callahan lets her go. A stunned Elle retreats to her room and tells Emmett that she will be heading back to California; a confused and concerned Emmett begs her to stay ("Legally Blonde").
At the Hair Affair, Kyle has recovered from his trip to the hospital and is returning to thank Paulette for her help. Elle arrives and stuns Paulette by telling her she is heading back to California. As she reveals why, Vivienne appears. Vivienne now sees the strong, smart woman within Elle - it's her time to shine ("Legally Blonde [Reprise]"). Elle, who has found a new determination and drive, marches towards the courthouse followed by a parade of supporters, friends, and family, including Kyle and Paulette who have come to find an Irish fondness for each other.

Back at the trial, Elle storms in. Brooke is thrilled to see her Delta Nu sister and fires Callahan. Now, with Emmett's help, Elle goes forward with defending her new client. With an extensive knowledge of hair, Elle challenges the alibi of the victim's daughter who insists she was out getting a perm. Elle demands they travel to the scene of the crime ("Scene Of The Crime") - the judge allows it. At the Wyndham mansion, Elle sets out to disprove the alibi and Chutney finally breaks down. She proclaims that she didn't mean to shoot her father - she thought it was Brooke coming through the door.

The crowd cheers and Elle is elated. Elle has solved the case and set Brooke Wyndham free! Warner, who has been dumped by Vivienne, pleads to Elle to take him back. Elle sits down and explains to Warner that she is now a new girl and she realizes she is more than just a hair color. We transition to graduation day where we find Elle and the other classmates celebrating - Paulette and Kyle are married and have two kids, Enid practices family law, Vivienne is training for the peace corps, Warner is modeling, and Elle has finally found her true love: Emmett Forrest ("Find My Way / Finale").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Mainly Women
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Elle Woods
The quintessential Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realizes that she has more to offer than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality.
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: Gb2
Ensemble
Greek Chorus; Students; Delta Nu Members
Emmett Forrest
A smart and sensitive law student who takes Elle under his wing. He is charming, quirky, loveable, and friendly.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Paulette
A brash, caring, optimistic hair stylist who is friends with Elle and longs to find a man for herself.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Professor Callahan
A pompous, sleezy and manipulative law professor at Harvard who is highly successful, but completely immoral.
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Warner Huntington Iii
A good-looking but shallow and pompous guy who breaks Elle's heart and heads off to Harvard Law.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Vivienne Kensington
A smart, savvy, and uptight law student and Warner's fiancee who initially dismisses Elle, but grows to be her friend.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Brooke Wyndam
An exercise video mogul who is also a former sorority girl. She is energetic and charismatic, yet currently on trial for murder.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Full Song List
Legally Blonde the Musical: Omigod You Guys!
Legally Blonde the Musical: Serious
Legally Blonde the Musical: What You Want
Legally Blonde the Musical: Harvard Variations
Legally Blonde the Musical: Blood in the Water
Legally Blonde the Musical: Positive
Legally Blonde the Musical: Ireland
Legally Blonde the Musical: Ireland (reprise)
Legally Blonde the Musical: Serious (reprise)
Legally Blonde the Musical: Chip on Your Shoulder
Legally Blonde the Musical: So Much Better
Legally Blonde the Musical: Whipped into Shape
Legally Blonde the Musical: Take it Like a Man
Legally Blonde the Musical: Bend and Snap
Legally Blonde the Musical: There! Right There!
Legally Blonde the Musical: Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde the Musical: Legally Blonde (Remix)
Legally Blonde the Musical: Find My Way/Finale

Show History

Inspiration

Legally Blonde is based on the 2001 film, which, in turn, is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. The novel is a compilation of funny letters and stories from Brown's time in Stanford Law School. Producers had a desire to bring the film's story to Broadway. They brought together composer Laurence O'Keefe and his wife and lyricist Nell Benjamin, screenwriter Heather Hach, and renowned choreographer/director Jerry Mitchell to work on the project.

Productions

Legally Blonde, based on the hit movie of the same name, premiered at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre in February of 2007. The show then transferred to Broadway, where it opened at the Palace Theatre on April 29, 2007. The original production starred Laura Bell Bundy and Christian Borle. It ran for 595 regular performances before closing on October 19, 2008.

Shortly before the Broadway production closed, a national tour opened on September 21, 2008. It ended on August 15, 2010. A non-Equity tour opened just a month later. It started on September 21, 2010 in Jackson, Mississippi and ended on May 15, 2011 in New Haven, Connecticut.

The West End premiere of Legally Blonde opened on January 13, 2010 at the Savoy Theatre. It became one of the most popular shows on the West End, but eventually closed on April 7, 2012 after 974 performances. A UK national tour ran from July 8, 2011 to October 6, 2012. Outside of the UK, the musical has also enjoyed significant success. An Australian production opened in October 2012 and is currently touring across the continent. There have been international productions from South Korea to Sweden, Austria to the Philippines, and France to Panama.

Cultural Influence

  • Legally Blonde was filmed for television and broadcast on MTV in late 2007.
  • With the popularity of the televised musical, a reality program titled Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods aired on MTV. It aimed to cast the next actress to play Elle Woods on Broadway.
  • The musical was translated to German for its Austrian premiere. It will also be making its French-Canadian premiere in Montreal in May 2014.

Trivia

  • The Broadway production was nominated for a significant amount of major awards: seven Tony Awards, ten Drama Desk Awards, and two Daytime Emmy Awards for the televised version of the filmed performances.
  • During the week that ended on June 24, 2007, the Broadway production joined the "millionaire's club," having grossed more than $1,000,000 in ticket sales.

Critical Reaction

"Ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish." - The Independent

"Musical theatre at its best - great songs, witty lines.  Smart, sassy, spectacular." - The Daily Telegraph

"[A] high-energy [...] hymn to the glories of girlishness." - The New York Times

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Billing

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

Requirements

Under the terms and conditions of your organisation’s Performance Agreement, the following credits must appear on all advertising (including websites) relating to the production. Credits must be reproduced faithfully in accordance with the following layout. No alterations or deletions can be permitted unless stated below.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
 
LEGALLY BLONDE 100%

 

Music and Lyrics by
Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin 
 Book by
Heather Hach 50%
 
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown
and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture 37.5%

 

 

"In addition, you agree that the following billing shall appear in on the
first page of credits in all programs for the Play:
 
Original Production by Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals, Dori Berinstein, James L.
Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, Amanda Lipitz,
Broadway Asia, Barbara Whitman, FWPM Group, Hendel/Wiesenfeld,
Goldberg/Binder, Stern/Meyer, Lane/Comley, Bartner-Jenkins/Nocciolino and
Warren Trepp; Produced in association with MGM Onstage, Darcie Denkert and
Dean Stolber.
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
ERRATA LIST1
KEYBOARD-CONDUCTOR ACT 11
KEYBOARD-CONDUCTOR ACT 21
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK30
PIANO VOCAL SCORE ACT 11
PIANO VOCAL SCORE ACT 21
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS1

Production Resources

Resource
FULL SCORE VOL. 1 OF 4
FULL SCORE VOL. 2 OF 4
FULL SCORE VOL. 3 OF 4
FULL SCORE VOL. 4 OF 4
KEYBOARD PATCH SOLUTIONS
LOGO PACK
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT SMALL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT X-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT XX-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD SMALL
ORCHEXTRA
PERFORMANCE ACCOMPANIMENT RECORDING
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING
REHEARSCORE+
SCENE PARTNER
STAGE MANAGER SCRIPT
THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION
TRANSPOSITIONS-ON-DEMAND
VIRTUAL STAGE MANAGER

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASSACOUSTIC BASS , ELECTRIC BASS , FRETLESS ELECTRIC , 5-STRING ACOUSTIC
DRUMSBICYCLE BELL , CABASA , CHINA CYMBAL , CLAVES , COWBELL , DRUM KIT , ELECTRONIC DRUMS , MARK TREE , PADS , PIATTI , PICCOLO SNARE DRUM , POLICE WHISTLE , SMALL TRIANGLE , SMALL WOODS , SUSPENDED CYMBAL , TAMBOURINE , TEMPLE BLOCKS , TRIANGLE , WOOD BLOCK
GUITARELECTRIC GUITAR , HOLLOW BODY GUITAR , MANDOLIN , NYLON STRG ACOUSTIC , STEEL STRG ACOUSTIC , 12-STRING ACOUSTIC
KEYBOARD 2
KEYBOARD 3
PERCUSSION
REED 1ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , ENGLISH HORN (OPT.) , FLUTE , OBOE (OPTIONAL) , PICCOLO
REED 2BARITONE SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , FLUTE
TROMBONEBASS TROMBONE , TENOR TROMBONE , TRIGGER TROMBONE
TRUMPETFLUGELHORN , TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2FLUGELHORN , TRUMPET
VIOLIN