Apr 28, 2007

"Legally" Brilliant

This confection is a surprising, smiling delight—maybe not such a surprise, given the composer and lyricist are Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Still, it's hard to make a box full of bon-bons and not make your audience sick, even if your audience thinks it wants just candy. Larry and Nell, not to mention librettist Heather Hach and director Jerry Mitchell, have pulled it off. It may be inherently condescending to the show's teen demographic to say it's much smarter than it "needs" to be, but that's precisely how I felt. The Hello Kitty set and the Hello Dolly set, in short, should each find plenty to love here, as should those like me who are firmly in neither camp.

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