Legally Blonde [Original Broadway Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Another successful migration from the movie house to the Broadway stage, Legally Blonde: The Musical stars Laura Bell Bundy as sorority queen Elle Woods, the not-so-ditzy blonde bombshell who pockets her credit cards and cracks open the law books just to win back her boyfriend. With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe (Batboy) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall), and with a book by Heather Hach (Freaky Friday), Legally Blonde segues from the sorority house to the halls of Harvard, driven by sheer blonde ambition and some high-spirited girl power. The verdict? A perfectly coiffed dose of frothy fun.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Another successful migration from the movie house to the Broadway stage, Legally Blonde: The Musical stars Laura Bell Bundy as sorority queen Elle Woods, the not-so-ditzy blonde bombshell who pockets her credit cards and cracks open the law books just to win back her boyfriend. With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe (Batboy) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall), and with a book by Heather Hach (Freaky Friday), Legally Blonde segues from the sorority house to the halls of Harvard, driven by sheer blonde ambition and some high-spirited girl power. The verdict? A perfectly coiffed dose of frothy fun.
All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
From the opening lines of the first song of this bubbly musical, "Omigod You Guys," Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin make it clear that Legally Blonde: The Musical is not the next An Inconvenient Truth. Rather, the two composers, thanks to the aid of the performers, opted to create the most accessible flexible songbook in a long time for a new musical. Following the same vein of the movie of the same name that inspired the transition to Broadway, Legally Blonde allows for many vibrant, upbeat numbers that are complemented by a handful of ballads and heavy tracks. The album is carried in its entirety by Laura Bell Bundy, whose portrayal of main character Elle Woods, even on CD, displays buckets of personality and character through her pop voice and light nature. Her booming voice sails over the tracks that elevate her to stardom. The supporting cast, which consists mostly of newcomers Christian Borle, Orfeh, and others, brings awkward charm and supple tones to the cast recording, which thanks to the inclusion of dialogue during vamps, allows for the characters to seamlessly make the transition from stage to disc. From start to finish, inspirational uplifting pop theatrics force the listener to hum along. The sound borrows elements from musicals such as The Wedding Singer and A Chorus Line, and allows for many soaring numbers of the sort that one might find in Wicked or Hairspray, which is where Bundy got her jump-start to fame portraying the roles of Glinda and Amber Von Tussle, respectively. Tracks like "What You Want," "Chip on My Shoulder," and "So Much Better" are show-stopping cast numbers that will make even the most casual listener clap along and smile. Numbers like "Ireland," a solo effort by the zany gawky Orfeh, is a hilarious power tune that epitomizes the tone on the album -- lighthearted fun music, buoyed by lyrics of hilarity even when brought into more serious territory. The album wraps up with the show-stopping numbers "Legally Blonde Remix" and "Find My Way," which boast big voices (especially those of Kate Shindle and Orfeh), aggressively catchy tunes, and the ability to paint the picture that you are sitting in the front row watching the magic for yourself, something that few cast albums are able to do these days. Overall, listening to the album several times is an experience akin to witnessing the stage production first-hand, cutting no pink sugary corners away. The musical and the cast recording really do make it clear that "blondes have more fun."
San Francisco Chronicle - Robert Hurwitt
Delightful.... Laura Bell Bundy [is] a perky, bright-voiced dynamo on her best numbers.

Delightful.... Laura Bell Bundy [is] a perky, bright-voiced dynamo on her best numbers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558442328
  • Catalog Number: 84423
  • Sales rank: 6,267

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Bell Bundy Primary Artist, Vocals
Martin Agee Violin
Bud Burridge Trumpet
Jason DeBord Keyboards
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
John Putnam Guitar
Roger Wendt French Horn
Mineko Yajima Violin
Michael Rupert Vocals
Manuel Herrara Vocals
Antoine Silverman Concert Master
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Deborah Assael Cello
Dave Trigg Trumpet
Greg Joseph Drums
Dan Willis Reeds
Kenny Brescia Guitar
Jason Gillman Vocals
Kate Shindle Vocals
Jonathan Dinklage Viola
Mark Vanderpoel Bass
Dequina Moore Vocals
Christian Borle Vocals
Tracy Jai Edwards Vocals
Sean Carney Violin
Andy Karl Vocals
Michelle Kittrell Vocals
Peter Sachon Cello
Gaelen Gilliland Vocals
James Sampliner Conductor, Keyboards
Pablo Rieppi Percussion
Annaleigh Ashford Vocals
April Berry Vocals
Paul Canaan Vocals
Lindsay Nicole Chambers Vocals
Beth Curry Vocals
Vincent DellaRocca Reeds
Amber Efe Vocals
Becky Gulsvig Vocals
Rod Harrelson Vocals
Kevin Pariseau Vocals
Matthew Risch Vocals
Jason Patrick Sands Vocals
Nikki Snelson Vocals
Richard H. Blake Vocals
Greg Joseph Drums
Nick Kenkel Vocals
Legally Blond Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Noah Weissberg Vocals
Natalie Joy Johnson Vocals
Budd Burridge Trumpet
Keith O'Quin Trombone
Manuel Herrera Vocals
Matt Gallagher Keyboards
Kate Wetherhead Vocals
Chad Smith Reeds
Rusty Mowery Vocals
David Trigg Trumpet
Leslie Kritzer Vocals
Technical Credits
Joel Moss Producer, Audio Production, Engineering
Steve Norman Audio Production
Laurence O'Keefe Audio Production
Bill Rosenfield Executive Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Jerry Mitchell Director, Choreographer
Kate Turning Cover Photo
Jan Folkson Engineer, Engineering
Kimberly Kelley Company Manager
Noah Cornman Audio Production
Kurt Deutsch Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
William Berloni Contributor
Zan Sabini Audio Production
James Sampliner Arranger, Music Direction
Kristin Caskey Producer
Colleen Eagan Audio Production
Heather Hach Liner Notes, Book
Nell Benjamin Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
Laurence O'Keefe Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Randy Merrill Mastering Associate
Bonnie L. Becker Production Stage Manager
Johnna Jackson Audio Production
Sarah Marcus Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Legally Blonde

    Legally blonde is a fun, silly, upbeat musical that will make you want to sing along with the windows down. Like the movie, it's over the top, but appropriately so.

    Almost a parody of the movie, there are some expected songs like the opening "Omigod, You Guys," What You Want," and "Bend and Snap." Then some less expected jewels like "So Much Better," "Whipped Into Shape," and "There! Right There!"

    Legally Blonde the Musical is cute and funny. It makes you want to dance and sing along. If nothing else, it'll leave you smiling. If you enjoy musicals, you should definitely not miss out on this one. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Screw what they say! This much fun is SOOOOOO legal!

    OMG I love this music! I'm going to go see this in May, and I'm so excited! Anyone who loves the movie will definitely want to check this out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fabulous

    This is an excellent cast recording, featuring some of the great voices of Broadway. The show is well-written, and the score is great. Much better than the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bubbly and Blonde!

    A very interesting showtune. Very fun and has an excellent cast! Laura Bell Bundy, Kate Shindle, and Orfeh are my favorites. They are excellent singers. This cd was fun and entertaining. If you haven't seen the musical, it is highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legally Brilliant!

    i love legally blonde!! its a little different from the movie but in a great way. the music is awesome especially OMIGOD YOU GUYS, IRELAND, CHIP ON MY SHOULDER, and LEGALLY BLONDE. it's so much fun!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Thetrical achivment. A beatuful work of the theater. I love the movie Legally blonde and the musical is "So much better". The music complements the story so well. It is so fun to listen to. It is a great soundtrack. The video shown on MTV is excellent also.

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