12 Dec Who Plays Elle in Legally Blonde the Musical
The six participants test their dancing skills on the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn and take on a hip-hop dance challenge (“Shake Your Junk” dance sequence). The song in the episode was “Positive”. Lander won a yoga class with Kate Shindle (who played Vivienne Kensington in the musical), which she shared with Hansen. Legally Blonde (Musical) Music Nell BenjaminLaurence O`Keefe Lyrics Nell BenjaminLaurence O`Keefe Screenplay Heather Hach Basis Legal Blonde by Amanda BrownLegal Blonde by Karen McCullah Lutz Kirsten Smith Premiere January 23, 2007: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco Productions 2007 San Francisco Tryout2007 Broadway 2008 US Tour2009 West End2011 UK Tour2017 UK Tour2018 UK TourVarious international/regional productions and tours Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O`Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on Amanda Brown`s novel Legally Blonde and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sister who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others and successfully defends the queen of the practice Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Throughout the series, no one believes in Elle Woods, but she manages to surprise them if she defies expectations and stays true to herself. Episode 2 focused on acting.
Stage partner Nikki Snelson (who played Brooke Wyndham in the musical) intentionally drops a line during the audition of the contestants to see how the contestants react when their stage partner forgets a line. The girls also learned the song “Delta Nu Nu Nu”. The winner of the challenge, Bailey Hanks, gained personal time with Nikki Snelson. She shared the prize with Ridgway. The show`s winner, Bailey Hanks, not only had the opportunity to record her own single from the musical`s first act, “So Much Better.” The show ended on July 21, 2008. Autumn Hurlbert finished second. She served as an understudy to Hanks and performed in the entire show (replacing Becky Gulsvig, who left the show to join the tour). Bundy`s last appearance in the musical was on July 20, 2008.
Hanks began performances on July 23, 2008 and remained with the show until it closed on October 19, 2008.  Pilar, cheeky and sensible, completes the trio of Delta Nu girl sisters, who also form the Greek chorus that performs during the musical. DeQuina Moore was the first to play the role on Broadway before Asmeret Ghebremichael took the role. In the UK, Pilar was played by Ibinabo Jack and Micha Richardson. Elle`s snobbish classmates disapprove of her clothes, and the only person willing to help her is legal assistant Emmett Forrest (“The Harvard Variations”). However, he cannot protect her from the bloodthirsty Professor Callahan (“Blood In The Water”) in class. Callahan kicks Elle out of the classroom at the suggestion of her classmate Vivienne Kensington, who happens to be Warner`s new friend. This “tragedy” evokes the apparitions of the sisters of Delta Nu, who, as a Greek choir visible and audible only by Her, encourage them to remain positive (“positive”).
She, believing that the blonde is the problem, decides to become a brunette. She goes to the Hair Affair salon, where she meets beautician Paulette, who, after telling Elle about her hair dyeing plan, tells Elle that when she`s down, she puts on her favorite Celtic Moods CD and dreams of Ireland and her Irishman dream. In the living room, Vivienne unexpectedly invites Elle to a costume party. Paulette sends Elle dressed in a costume for the party with encouraging words (“Ireland (Reprise)”). Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith began her musical comedy career in productions of Bugsy Malone and Into the Woods before appearing in television comedies such as Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Gavin & Stacey. Since her role in Legally Blonde, she has had an Olivier Award-winning role in Flare Path as well as Hedda Gabler, A Midsummer Night`s Dream and the revival of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre. Based on the hit film Legally Blonde, The Musical follows blonde Elle Woods` transformation from sister sister to Harvard law graduate. Her journey of determination, self-discovery and search for true love received her first Muny production in 11 years. With a Chihuahua, a Bulldog and a UPS man, The Muny is ready to “bend and crack” to have a great time! Telsey`s office is the official casting partner of The Muny. The full program will be announced at a later date. Serena is an energetic cheerleader who is a member of sister house Delta Nu. With Margot and Pilar, she is part of the Greek choir that accompanies Elle`s journey through musicals.
The role was played by Leslie Kritzer, Susan McFadden and Rachel Grundy. The musical received mixed reviews, but was hailed as a fun and upbeat production. Ben Brantley, who reviewed the musical in the New York Times, wrote that the show was an “energetic, empty and expensive hymn to the glory of femininity.” He praised Laura Bell Bundy, saying, “She sings and dances perfectly, and she delivers silly lines as if she meant them.”  Clive Barnes, in his review in the New York Post, praised Heather Hach`s book, but criticized the “amorphous, synthetic, and incredibly empty music” and summed up the show as “an enjoyable, albeit noisy, night.”  Elysa Gardner wrote for USA Today that the musical was a “flattering trifle” and that the “cast ensures that events, no matter how condescending, are not irritating.”  Jeremy McCarter lamented in New York Magazine that the musical “evokes no memory of Tracy Flick, the student council activist who played Reese Witherspoon in Election before starring in Legally Blonde,” and wrote that the “manic drive” in Witherspoon`s performance in Legally Blonde was her favorite part of the film.  Further information is www.legallyblondethemusical.com. The musical was recorded in September 2007 and aired on MTV in October 2007. After that, a reality show aired that showed the audition for the next person to play Elle Woods on Broadway. The winner was Bailey Hanks, who starred from July 23, 2008 until the end of production on October 19, 2008. The finalist, Autumn Hurlbert, was Hanks` understudy.  Finalists Rhiannon Hansen (3rd place) and Lauren Zakrin (4th place) He participated in the musical`s first national tour, both as Margot and as Elle`s understudy. Zakrin went on to play in Wicked`s 1st national tour as a set and as an understudy for Glinda. Zakrin also closed the Broadway company of Rock of Ages under the name Sherrie Christian.
Zakrin was in ensemble and the understudy of Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet from 1812 on Broadway and was off-Broadway with the show in its previous two iterations.