Kicked to the curb by her boyfriend, blonde sorority girl Elle Woods will follow him to Harvard University and sing her way to winning back his affection in Premier Centre for the Arts’ “Legally Blonde The Musical” this Friday.
Based on Amanda Brown’s comedic novel “Legally Blonde” and the 2001 film of the same name — which starred Reese Witherspoon as Woods — the musical production’s tunes were penned by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The show’s musical director is Caty Butler, who’s a first-timer in this role.
More than meets the eye
From the outside looking in, Woods is your stereotypical glamour girl: She’s attractive; naïve; adores fashion; and doesn’t always put her priorities in order.
However, actress Chloe Boggs, cast as Woods, says the funny character is just really misunderstood.
“People think she’s very superficial,” said Boggs, 20, of Bear. “To an extent, she is, but she’s a lot more idea-oriented than people think.”
Boggs further explained that Woods’ laser-beam focus towards winning back her ex-boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, doesn’t do much to improve her image to outsiders — but rather it sheds light on her naivety.
“It’s all about love for her, but I don’t think she knows what love is,” Boggs explained.
Nonetheless, Boggs has had “a blast” as part of the cast, especially since she’s never done a PCA show prior to this. And she also gets to play a character she’s nothing like.
“Naturally, I’m nothing like Ellie, whatsoever,” Boggs quipped. “I’m short and a brunette.”
To flourish as Woods, Boggs reflects on moments from her past where she may have done something a bit silly.
“I literally had to think about those times and exaggerate that all the time,” said Boggs, who added, “You think about stereotypes in movies and in your friends.”
‘It’s very poppy’
Upbeat, infectious pop tunes fuels “Legally Blonde The Musical.”
“It’s very poppy,” Butler explained of the show’s soundtrack. “It’s cheerleader-esque.
In superficial-fashion, the opening number of the show is in fact titled “Oh My God You Guys,” which is Butler’s favorite.
During the tune, there are “sorority girls jumping and getting excited,” explained Butler, 20, a rising junior at the University of Delaware who’s studying music education. “It's very catchy and gets stuck in my head.”
Recognizing the show’s soundtrack is so lively, Butler said she has made it a priority to “keep the rehearsals moving” and keep the cast’s enthusiasm through the roof.
“Just wanting to bring the energy was my focus,” she added. “You have to focus on that energy and make sure the vocals are there.”
At the end of the day, “without the energy, you don’t have the show,” she said.