Fourteen years ago in 2007, Legally Blonde: the Musical premiered at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. The show, based on the hit movie of the same name, quickly became popular and transferred over to Broadway just two months after opening.
The show became a fan favorite and one that theater groups continue to adore even though the show received mixed reviews. During its time on Broadway, it was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Leading Actress in a Musical. However, it did not win any of those nominations.
A Little Background on Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl from UCLA who enrolls at Harvard Law School after being dumped by her college boyfriend, Warner. In order to win him back, she must suffer through being mocked by her snobby law school classmates and dealing with the sneaky antics of Warner’s current girlfriend Vivienne.
While at law school, Elle discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and eventually successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial much to the chagrin of her professor.
Setting & Backdrop Options
Legally Blonde has several settings which follow Elle from the campus and sorority house of UCLA to Harvard Law School and courtrooms in Massachusetts. Here are a few of our suggestions on how to use our backdrops during your group’s performance of this popular show.
Sorority House & UCLA Campus
To set the stage at UCLA and the sorority house where Elle lives this Building Exterior Backdrop #2224 with a brick building with white columns would serve as an excellent traditional Delta Nu House.
Additionally, our Campus Backdrop #1636 could be used for either Harvard Law school’s campus or scenes from UCLA.
Once Elle heads to Boston and Cambridge, she befriends a hairdresser where she pours out her heart and tells her woes to. The Salon Interior Backdrop #0007 is a beautiful interior done in pink tones (Elle’s favorite color) with intricate detail showing the city street through the windows.
Law School & Courtroom
Once Elle moves to Boston and begins her new life as a law student and lawyer, the backdrops can shift to more traditional classroom and courtroom settings. This Courtroom Interior Cut backdrop # 0509 would paint the scene as one of tradition and the scales of justice in play.
Brooke Wyndham, a former sorority sister to Elle and a fitness queen is accused of the murder of her husband. Elle uses her intuition and smart thinking to save her client from a guilty verdict. The Law Office backdrop # 0236, shows row after row of law books in a law office with city buildings outside the window.