I was SO sad when I found out that we’d be coming back from our wedding slash honeymoon smack dab in the middle of the show’s run at Fair Park , and wouldn’t be able to go.
And then, Wednesday afternoon when I discovered a coupon code for 40% off tickets for the show at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, my enthusiasm got a second run around. I convinced Adam to indulge in a night of pink and tween giggling and we were off to the theater!
I (and Adam, although he wouldn’t openly admit it) first fell in love with Legally Blonde when MTV premiered their search for the next Elle Woods last summer. The girl who won the series, Bailey Hanks , appeare d in the second run of the show on Broadway, but a few of the girls from the show are in the nationwide tour that we saw last night, which made it pretty fun. Also, an alum from the University of Michigan Musical Theater Department was in the show. I knew of her through friends of friends and had seen her perform a couple of times–she’s awesome.
If you’ve seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon, the musical follows the film to a T. I’ve known the soundtrack well since the MTV series, but seeing it all together was a lot better than I thought it would be (especially after a couple of mixed reviews). The show is fully charged with girly antics and stereotypical sorority girl debauchery, but it was definitely very entertaining and a lot of fun.
Becky Gulsvig played Elle, and she did a GREAT job. Usually seeing a cast perform after becoming familiar with the original recordings is like watching Britney Spears butcher “Satisfaction” (and y’all know how much I love Britney), but Gulsvig hits the nail on the head. Laura Bell Bundy (the original Elle) is a tough act to follow, and Gulsvig did an awesome job.
Bass Performance Hall is a really cool venue. It was our first time in downtown Fort Worth, and I think we’ll definitely hit it up again for more shows, dinner, or the stockyards !