Fun Facts About Legally Blonde, the Musical
At this point, the movie Legally Blonde is a cult classic. It holds a special place in the hearts of many millennials, and it displays the theme of women’s empowerment in a light, funny, and — of course — fashionable way.
The captivating storyline, stylish wardrobe, and humor made it the perfect performance to hit the stage. And thus, the musical version of Legally Blonde was born. The show has been around for over 15 years — the movie premiered in 2001 and the musical followed in 2007. But how much of the history and interesting facts do you know about the iconic musical?
The first fun fact? It’s one of the performances by summer theater students at Brooks School Summer Program. Brooks’ Stages & Studios program is an immersive experience for those interested in exploring the many facets of the visual and performing arts—as well as participating in a traditional summer camp environment—and Legally Blonde Jr. is the perfect way to encapsulate what students have worked on.
Parents and audience members can see the hard work and — more importantly — the fun and confidence the students experience while participating in our shortened, one-act production of the show — perfect for children ages 10 and older.
What is Legally Bonde about?
Legally Blonde is the fun and inspiring story of “a sorority-sister valley girl who goes to Harvard Law to get her boyfriend back and ends up defying expectations while staying true to herself.”
Who wrote Legally Blonde, the musical?
Legally Blonde was originally a novel written by Amanda Brown that was published in 2001. The same year, it was made into a movie starring academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. Only a few years later, in 2007, it was made into a musical by American screenwriter Heather Hach, with music and lyrics written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.
Legally Blonde is a 2007 musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. It is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.
What age is Legally Blonde the musical suited for?
The age at which children should be able to watch Legally Blonde is ultimately up to parents, but general consensus is that the play is suitable for kids ages 11 and up. At Brooks, we make sure our production of the show is age-appropriate for our talented students to perform, and so that the entire family can enjoy.
How long is Legally Blonde the musical?
Brooks’ rendition of Legally Blonde Jr. is 60 minutes of captivating dancing, singing, comedy, and inspiration — in other words, pure joy — all in one act!
Fun Facts About the Show
Now that you’re familiar with a little bit of the history, background, and plot of Legally Blonde, let’s dive into some bonus fun facts you may not already know — even if you’ve seen the musical.
- Legally Blonde aired uncut on MTV, making it the first fully staged Broadway production to appear on TV while still playing on the boards in New York City.
- The Broadway musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical, opened at the Palace Theater in New York City on April 29, 2007. It ran for 595 performances, closing on October 19, 2008.
- The original Broadway musical earned seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Original Score. In addition, it was nominated for ten Drama Desk Awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards for the televised version of the filmed performances.
- Going all the way back to its origin, the book Legally Blonde is based on a true story: “Amanda Brown was herself a bubbly, fashion-obsessed young woman when she entered Stanford Law School. She found herself a fish out of water and decided to write a novel based on her experience.”
- During the week that ended on June 24, 2007, the Broadway production joined the “millionaire’s club,” having grossed more than $1 million in ticket sales.
- Legally Blonde Jr. features a large, expandable cast, lead and supporting roles for male and female actors, and energetic production numbers. The show’s sense of humor, as well as its themes of self-empowerment and open-mindedness, make Legally Blonde Jr. ideal for young performers.
Experience the Magic on Stage
The theater has always been a great outlet for kids and teens, but there’s more to this art than simply acting. While taking the stage by storm is what most people think of when it comes to theatre, it can be broken down into more specifics like technical theater and the visual and performing arts.
If your child is interested in learning more or pursuing the performing arts, be sure to enroll in our Stages & Studios program. Students will learn invaluable skills like leadership, communication, and time management from industry professionals.
For more information on Annie the musical and our Stages & Studios program, reach out to us directly!