Monday, June 23, 2008

Legally Blonde: The Musical (cast recording)

If listening to this doesn’t lift your spirits, I don’t know what will. This CD is a better energy booster than the Red Bull drink Elle Woods lives off of in this oh-so-fabulous Broadway musical.

The lively opening number, “Omigod You Guys,” sets the story in motion as Elle’s sorority sisters exalt in what they think will be the night her longtime boyfriend, Warner, proposes. Instead he dumps her, and Elle embarks on a journey that lets the world -- and herself -- see just what she can be -- “So Much Better.” This is a true can-do musical in the classic sense and the music is an upbeat reflection of that spirit.

You don’t have to have seen the show to appreciate the CD, especially if you’ve seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon and know the story. I’ve been collecting show music since I was in elementary school and known whole scores long before I ever saw the shows. In fact, I’ve been singing the songs to Hair for four decades and still haven’t seen it, although that will change this summer when the Public Theater presents a revival in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Legally Blonde is about self-discovery and empowerment, and these songs celebrate that big time. I love listening to this CD. Check it out. It’s one any musical theatre lover should have.

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