Broadway Features and Reviews
Legally Blonde Surprises
By Edith Haight, Broadway Magazine
Paying attention in law school is all well and good, but it doesn’t often result in creating new iconic female heroines. Case in point is the story of Legally Blonde, the current hit Broadway musical that began life as a self-published e-book. From her humble, self-published start, the unsinkable Elle Woods would later find life and a larger audience in the international Resse Witherspoon comedy blockbuster of the same name. That movie, and the novel, have provided the starting point for the infectiously winning Broadway musical starring Laura Bell Bundy as Ms. Woods –comma- Elle.
The story goes that if author Amanda Brown hadn’t been in tort class one day, this whole pink cottage industry of snap-power may never have been born. According to Brown, it was a sudden daydream that gave rise to the iconic Elle Woods and her adventures at Harvard. “I was sitting in tort class when the novel popped into my head,” recalls Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde, the book that inspired the Reese Witherspoon comedy, ‘I wanted to do a parody of law school,” she said in an interview with her Stanford Alumni magazine.