February 20, 2012
I’m the first to admit that sororities and their constant cries of OMG tend to annoy me, but Legally Blonde manages to poke fun of those sorority clichés while also celebrating the bonds of friendship synonymous with the groups. Legally Blonde: The Musical, on stage now at Beef & Boards, adds song and dance to the main premise of the 2001 film of the same name.
Reigning sorority president Elle Woods receives a shock when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her. On a mission to get him back, Woods gains admission into Harvard Law School to prove she’s smart and serious. Along the way she learns a bit more about what she’s really capable of doing.
Maggie Taylor stars as Elle. She’s the embodiment of all things blonde, but she also conveys a sweet sincerity that balances things out. Dominic Sheahan-Stahl is back at B&B as her new friend Emmett and Indiana Repertory Theatre performer Mark Goetzinger (Professor Callahan) is always a treat
During the performance I attended there were a few sound issues and two separate scene malfunctions, but the performers took it all in stride and never paused for a second. The two live dogs featured in the show upped the cuteness factor, especially Rufus.
The show is undeniably entertaining. It’s frivolous fun and the key is to enjoying it is to embrace the intentional ditziness. It’s not a great one for kids unless you’re up for explaining the “Gay or European?” question which one song hilariously asks. Instead, grab your girlfriends and let Elle remind you that a woman’s worth depends on much more than one man’s approval.
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until April 6. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $37 to $60 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet. This production offers discounts; call the box office for more details.
Photos Courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre