Legally Blonde - Summer Theatre of New Canaan
By Marlene S. Gaylinn
Celebrating its 12th highly successful season, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, under the direction of the mother-daughter team, Melody and Allegra Libonati, brings us a cutesy, sexy, production of “Legally Blonde” this year. The award-winning film and Broadway musical by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin is about a young girl named “Elle” who cunningly manages to wangle her way into Harvard, despite her questionable scholarly aptitude. We quickly learn that this tootsie’s motivation is not a college education. Her true quest is to cement her relationship with a former boyfriend who happens to be a Harvard law student.
It’s very apparent that this blonde, pink-clad, Barbie Doll in high heels, doesn’t fit in with the nerdy, conservatively dressed, Ivy League crowd. However, Elle finally does achieve a rewarding education in more ways than one, when her natural smart and strong determination twists the finger of fate in her direction.
Kara Dombrowski (Elle) is a little cutie as she sings and dances across the stage, and flirts with handsome boyfriends Preston Ellis (Warner) and Mathew Christian (Emmett). The young, firecracker cast, directed by Allegra Libonati, is dressed in sparkling costumes and short-shorts designed by Lauren Gaston. There are numerous song and dance numbers and with great choreography by Doug Shankman, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Stephen Hope as the law professor is a really cool character. We loved the cleverly worded “Blood in The Water” scene. Jodi Stevens convincingly plays the rejected beauty parlor gal who freely gives boyfriend advice. Lively pop music is under the direction of David Hancock. The melodies and lyrics are fun to hear but difficult to remember. For many it was the trained dogs, Bruiser and Newman, who stole the show. “Legally Blonde” is energetic, lighthearted, easy to enjoy entertainment.
Plays through Aug.
This review appears in “On CT & NY Theatre” July/2015