April Vargo, director of Whiting’s Marian Theatre Guild’s “Legally Blonde,” is quick to commend her actors’ stamina in her production of the hit Broadway musical.
“There’s no scene change breaks,” she said. “The first act is pretty much all song, and the musical is very song-heavy and not really dialogue heavy. The cast really doesn’t get much of a break at all on stage.”
Opening Saturday and running through Nov. 19, “Blonde” is the tale of Elle Woods, a fashion-minded 20-something from southern California who stuns her former boyfriend as well as new, upper-crust peers as she rises through the ranks at Harvard’s law school and in the courtroom.
Based on the 2001 box office smash starring Reese Witherspoon, “Blonde” was adapted for the stage in 2007. Featuring songs such as “Omigod You Guys,” “”Bend and Snap” and “Chip on My Shoulder,” “Blonde” received seven Tony Award nominations. The musical also scooped up a trio of Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, when it debuted on London’s West End in 2011.
Vargo saw “Blonde” when it made its way through Chicago for a 2015-16 stop and is a fan of its soundtrack.
“I think the show is so much fun, and it’s so energetic,” she said. “A lot of what you love about the movie is in the musical, but they bring in some new content so it’s not like you’re just seeing the movie on stage. It’s similar enough (to the movie) and it’s different enough.”
Samantha Pacyga stars as Woods and leads a cast of two dozen area thesps and singers in Marian Theatre Guild’s production of “Blonde.” Also included in the cast is Ray Huntington as her former boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, Tony Vivacqua as Woods’ new professional and romantic partner in crime, Emmitt Forrest, Larry Colgan as professor Callahan and Jianna Bull as Woods’ nemesis Vivienne.
“This cast is ridiculously talented,” Vargo said. “They come to rehearsal with their pieces already learned or memorized. I’ve never had that before. It’s been amazing to work with them.”
Marian Theatre Guild will also host dinners at each Saturday show. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.