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Legally Blonde (2007 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Laura Bell BundyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B000R7I3NW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Omigod You Guys
2. Serious
3. What You Want
4. The Harvard Variations
5. Blood In the Water
6. Positive
7. Ireland
8. Ireland
9. Serious
10. Chip On My Shoulder
11. So Much Better
12. Whipped Into Shape
13. Take It Like a Man
14. Bend And Snap
15. There! Right There!
16. Legally Blonde
17. Legally Blonde
18. Medley: Find My Way/Finale

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Like Wicked, this show is a girl-friendly extravaganza; the main difference--and it's a big one--is that the score of Legally Blonde is better. Based on the hit Reese Witherspoon movie, the zippy, frothy show tells the story of SoCal, pink-loving sorority girl Elle Woods, who enrolls at Harvard Law and goes on to prove that appearances can be deceiving. The opening number, "Omigod You Guys," gives an idea of what the Broadway-pop score by Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy--The Musical) and Nell Benjamin is up to, embracing its over-the-top cheer with goofily infectious energy. Sure, a couple of numbers feel a bit derivative (the show with the witches has "Popular," this one has "Positive"), and the Celtic detour ("Ireland") is rather puzzling, but overall the songs are firing on all cylinders. Just check out the use of a marching band on "What You Want" for instance. Laura Bell Bundy (Amber von Tussle in Hairspray) is a charming Elle, and she delivers numbers such as "So Much Better" with the requisite elan. But this is not a one-woman show, and Bundy is surrounded by a crack team, including the endearing Christian Borle as Elle's love interest Emmett, power-piped Orfeh as hairdresser Paulette and up-and-comer Leslie Kritzer as Delta Nu's Serena. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better Than Expected July 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 2007 musical version of the Reese Witherspoon film is energetic, light-hearted & fun.

While I enjoyed seeing the production (starring the terrific Laura Bell Bundy), the score seemed somewhat unmemorable - until I got the cd. Some of the songs work better on stage (ie. "Bend and Snap"), but after a few listens, several of the songs emerged as favorites:

Omigod You Guys
So Much Better
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde Remix

This is not meant to be a thought-provoking show - just one to smile.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment July 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The cast recording of "Legally Blonde" more or less matches the light and amiable tone of the Reese Witherspoon movie about a perky sorority girl's success at Harvard Law School. Nobody will mistake this for great art, but the score by Laurence O'Keefe ("Bat Boy," "La Cava") and Nell Benjamin gets the job done. What's questionable is whether the job needed to be done. The movie was enjoyable, but slight and predictable; the musical doesn't aspire to much more. Still, there are a few surprises in the score that keep it interesting. First, there are really no extractable "songs" here-- most of the numbers are structured as scenes, containing a mix of music and dialogue, often while juggling location changes and multiple characters. This works pretty well-- I could easily imagine a "Legally Blonde" musical that is just a slog of pop songs; there is some clever, even ambitious, writing here. Take for instance the best track, "What You Want," which details protagonist Elle Woods's entrance into Harvard. Skillfully paced over 8 minutes, the music is stylistically all over the place-- moving from pop to disco to reggae to marching band to power balladry, all while moving the action forward and managing to be funny. It's well done. And there are other numbers like it, and even a welcome foray into the bizarre by way of an unlikely homage to all things Irish ("Ireland"). All in all, this is an entertaining enough score, given the source material. Still: enough with stage adaptations of popular movies! The trend is getting old.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than I Thought It Would Be... July 18, 2007
By rog4823
Format:Audio CD
I didn't have high expectations for this album, if I'm being completely honest. I thought the movie, while fun, was a little unoriginal, and add that to a relatively inexperienced cast and my expectations were low. The album jumped way past my expectations to one that has had a spot in my CD rotation for over a week now.

When I first listened to it, two shows came to mind, Wicked and The Wedding Singer. This soundtrack is a combination of those two shows, almost exactly, in my mind. The marketing and target demographics are similar to Wicked, so there should be no doubt there. It took a very similar path as The Wedding Singer, even hiring the same "bad guy" with Richard H. Blake playing that role well in both productions, although drastically overshadowed in both.

For the role of Elle Woods, they went to Wicked and took Laura Bell Bundy, who was the understudy to Kristin Chenoweth in the role of Glinda. Seeing as how it is easily believable that Glinda could have been a Delta Nu, they also dipped back into the Wicked pool and hired Annaleigh Ashford to play Margot. They played the Delta Nu sisters in throughout the show, making them, on the whole, basically an additional character in the cast.

The CD isn't perfect. Some of the songs are a little tedious. I could have done without Ireland (let alone a reprise of it), or Whipped Into Shape. However, the pluses far outweigh the negatives on this album. The very first number is an engaging, almost obnoxiously upbeat song entitled "Omigod You Guys" and it plays perfectly to set the tone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Much Fun Shouldn't Be Legal July 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'll just start this review by saying that I have never seen this show. I'll then proceed to say that based on this album, I would actually prefer to see this over this season's slightly over-hyped multiple Tony winner Spring Awakening. The score is unabashedly pop, and the show doesn't pretend that it isn't just a whole lot of fun, while still managing to deliver a wonderful message about staying true to yourself.

Unlike last year's big pop musical, The Wedding Singer, the score is uniformly excellent. From the high energy opening, "Omigod You Guys" to the great closer "Find My Way/Finale", the score is peppy, catchy, and as optimistic as sunny day in spring. Some of the standout tunes inclued "Ireland", a wistful song of longing, "Much Better", the explosive Act I finale, "Blood in the Water" a dark, jazzy number extolling Callahan's moral views (or lack thereof), and "What You Want" Elle's Harvard preparation montage. Of special note is the title song, "Legally Blond", which defied all of my expectations. I was expecting something of a big showstopping number broadly defining the moral of the show. What we get is a hearbreaking ballad from Elle, and what is arguably one of the most beatiful numbers from the show. Then the remix/reprise of the title number delivers the expected goods in a finger snapping, toe tapping, smile inducing showstopper worthy of some of Herman's biggest crowd rousers.

The cast is equally as great as the score, and they are all so equally good that even Laura Bell Bundy has problems standing out, but stand out she does, displaying an impressive set of pipes while belting her heart out. Orfeh shows an equally amazing voice as hairdresser Paulette, and Christian Borle makes for a very sweet, caring Emmett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the music.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
LOVE it!! Can not wait to see it on stage!
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar!
Perfectly lively & fun!
Published 2 months ago by Michael Alan Beauchene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All perfect
Published 3 months ago by Kendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tunes! So Catchy!
I LOVE Broadway and love the songs on this album. I find it amazing how they made lines in the movie into full-on Broadway show tunes. There was a shipping problem though. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ClaraF
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Published 5 months ago by Jesus Ordonez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical
So perky and happy. Listen to it in the car all the time. Always a good pick me up when you're sad.
Published 8 months ago by Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack!
I first saw Legally Blonde The Musical on MTV back in 2008. I really enjoyed the show, and found the music to be really catchy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love blondes
The show is so much better than the film. Exciting, fun, serious and all out entertaining. Buy this cd for added enjoyment.
Published 10 months ago by twony
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
I loved this product, it worked perfectly anywhere i tried to put it in: the car, home cd player, etc.
Published 16 months ago by Samantha B
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