“Legally Blonde” on MTV

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Remember when MTV played music? When
there were videos all day, not just at 6 a.m.?
Well, some of you may be too young to remember that, but trust me, there
was a time. For a few hours tomorrow afternoon, it will be almost like
the old days .. that is, if you view a full-length Broadway musical as
sort of a long music video. That’s right, at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday,
MTV will air the Broadway show Legally Blonde

in its entirety.

I know that I’m a little reticent to mention it, but I like musical theater. So
I’m quite pleased that MTV is airing a current Broadway show that I
would not pay to see. (Free musical theater is the best.) Despite my
skepticism about Legally Blonde, it’s still a guilty pleasure
kind of show that I kind of want to see. (It fits with my occasional
desire to surreptitiously read Cosmo when I travel.) And this
will not be just any airing of Legally Blonde: there will also
be a “pink carpet extravaganza” and a behind-the-scenes look at
the show. Apparently, the tween audience is an important part of the MTV demographic,
because this show is aimed right at them.

Check out the trailer for a glimpse of
what you’ll see.


The show has certainly got some pep.

The trailer, however, does not show the
young, pink-clad audience recruited for one of the performances taped
for this special. This will be one pink-tastic special!

As Broadway shows go, Legally Blonde

is something of a surprise hit. Last week, it was the 9th
highest grossing show
on
Broadway. It opened last spring to aa mixture of lukewarm and glowing reviews.
Generally, the review titles include words like “pink,” “candy” and
“fluff.” My favorite was the opening to The New York
Times
review:

“Flossing between songs is
recommended for anyone who attends “Legally Blonde,” the nonstop
sugar rush of a show that opened last night at the Palace Theater, joining
the ranks of such nearby temples to candy worship as the M&M and
Hershey’s theme stores.”

I’m not sure what to expect
when I watch this weekend. I’m anticipating light and stupid, but that’s
not inherently a problem. I often like stupid. (Grease 2
is one of my favorite movies, after all.) My concern is whether this
is great fodder for a show.

I liked, but did not love, the
movie Legally Blonde.

I found the writing to be kind
of lazy — particularly anything legal — but thought that Reese Witherspoon
made the movie better than it should have been. (She does that a lot.)

I don’t know that Laura
Bell Bundy
will charm me quite as thoroughly, so the things that
are stupid might remain annoyingly stupid.

But if there are good song-and-dance numbers, I may not care that much.

I’m definitely apprehensive
about the lesbian angle, though. D. Williams noted last month in an
article on lesbians and musical
theater
that the
lesbian in the stage production primarily serves as a punchline and
an unattractive contrast to the lead.

There she is on the far left.

The movie, however, featured
a kind of hot, albeit humorless, lesbian — at least she was the kind
of brainy lesbian (Meredith Scott Lynn) that does it for me.

She’s the smart-looking one,
second from the left.

If you cannot wait until tomorrow,
click here for some clips of the show. And in
the meantime, as Pinky Tuscadero would say, “Think Pink.”

If you’ve already seen the
show — or plan to watch tomorrow — please share your review. I’ll check
back in with mine, too.

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