Last week was the craziest of weeks, in a good way. I had a busy week with work and then it was topped off with friends coming into town over the weekend and having tickets to see Legally Blonde on tour with my sister! I am a huge musical fan, so Jenny – my sister – got me tickets to Legally Blonde for my birthday. It’s one of the musicals that I was super excited to see when they announced they were going on tour. I love the movie – and even the sequel – so I knew that it would be a fun show.
We went to dinner at Maru Sushi and Grill in downtown Detroit – highly recommend for Sushi, it was delicious! And then headed over to the Fox Theatre for the show. For those who have been to the Fox, I don’t need to explain to you how gorgeous it is. The ceiling is decorated in golden designs with huge red pillars that tower over you. It is such a great venue for a musical, I had been there to see Beauty and Beast on tour a few years ago and was excited to go back again. We were in row F on the main floor, so really close to the stage, which was incredible! I could make out their faces so clearly and see every part of each musical number.
The show was so well done. When shows tour, the set is often not as extravagant as it would be on the Broadway stage because it has to be easily put up and taken down and transported to the next place. Despite this, they definitely had an impressive set. There were large screens that changed with each scene as well as large set pieces that made up the Delta Nu sorority house and the Hair Affair Salon among other places. But the set wasn’t the only thing that was impressive. The cast was also phenomenal with Maris McCulley in the lead playing Elle Woods. The songs were hilarious and stayed true to the story and were also really catchy and fun. There were multiple full ensemble dance numbers that were high energy and the cast did an amazing job. One of the things about the show that I really enjoyed was the dynamic between Elle and Emmett. I think that the musical did a great job building a friendship and relationship between them more so than the movie. There were several scenes that showed them working on something together, Emmett helped Elle study and Elle helped Emmett with his style, to name a few. I really enjoyed seeing more of their relationship on stage.
Jenny herself isn’t a fan of musicals and even admitted that she really liked it and was impressed. It was such a fun show with a cute story and fun music. I loved that they played into the story from the movie and also enhanced some things. They also did such a great job as a cast, everyone was so talented and each cast member was perfect. If you have the chance to see it on tour, I definitely would!