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The jury is in: 'Legally Blonde' is a hit

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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KNOW AND GO

What: “Legally Blonde The Musical”

Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre

When: show times and days vary, through March 3

Where:  Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Cost: $36-$18

Info:  threestages.net or edmt.info

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ll admit I wasn’t thrilled months ago when I saw “Legally Blonde The Musical” listed in the season lineup for El Dorado Musical Theatre.

I actively avoided the film of the same name and had no interest in reading the book or seeing the musical. But, as a longtime supporter of local theater, I felt it was my duty to see the show and I’m glad I did.

The message behind “Legally Blonde” is simple: Don’t judge a book by its cover. This is just what I had been doing.

“Legally Blonde” takes on some more-adult themes as this is one of the Encore productions of the theatrical group. Sexual innuendo and harassment, a murder trial and adult language spice up the production.

From acting, singing and dancing to sets, choreography and costumes, El Dorado Musical Theatre has a hit with their latest show.

The entire cast did a superb job, but we have picked out some of our favorites.

Standouts include 21-year-old Heather Clark in the title role of Elle Woods, 18-year-old Jonathan Cranmer as Emmett Forrest, 16-year-old Jillian Curry as Paulette Bonafonte and 16-year-old Anjie Rose Wilson as Brooke Wyndham.

Clark dazzles in the not-so-ditzy blonde role. I first took serious notice of her acting chops back when she played Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray” two years ago and as Frenchy in “Grease” in February 2010.

This is a different role for her, but she handles it well. Clark simply commands attention with her stage presence.

Cranmer, despite battling a cold, ably plays the part of a young man who worked hard to make it at Harvard Law School. His vocals were challenged by the cold, but he worked through it and gave an outstanding performance.

Curry, an EDMT veteran, receives mention because her part could easily be overlooked onstage by a less-talented actor. Curry gives a standout performance and makes the part her own.

Lastly, Wilson, who is an amazing dancer as demonstrated in previous shows like “Oklahoma,” is simply superb as a fitness instructor facing murder charges.

I highly recommend seeing “Legally Blonde.”