“Legally Blonde” Struggles at Stages
There are several performers in Stage’s “Legally Blonde” that I really admire: Ben Nordstrom, David Schmittou and Steve Isom, the man of many faces and roles. But this tired, somewhat dated and shallow little show doesn’t give anyone much material on which to really craft a meaning performance. It is billed a light little comedy with a message. The message I got was don’t expect much.
Michelle London appears as Elle Woods, a California air head who somehow manages to get into Harvard Law School in order to chase her boy friend, played by Brandon Davidson. Ben Nordstrom appears a grad student at Harvard who takes Elle under his wing. Guess who gets the girl?
The most enjoyable aspect of Stage’s “Legally Blonde” is Heather Jane Rolff in the role of Paulette, a hairdresser who tries to help Elle. Paulette has the hots for her UPS driver and hopes he can deliver. Rolff turns in a wonderfully broad and funny performance.
This show is busy without much direction. There are no memorable songs, unless you count a number in Act I called “Omigod You Guys.” Stages can really produce some fine work, but not this time.