->'''Warner Huntington III:''' ''You'' got into Harvard Law?
->'''Elle Woods:''' What, like it's hard?

Life seems to be going swimmingly for sorority socialite Elle Woods. Homecoming queen, president of Delta Nu, and girlfriend to Warner Huntington III, Elle has no qualms with the way her life is heading, particularly as she suspects Warner is soon to pop the question. However, things take a turn when Warner dumps her on the night she thought he was going to propose. His reason? "If I'm going to be a politician, I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn."

So Elle is dumped for being "not serious enough." However, she realizes the perfect way to get Warner back -- by becoming a serious law student. Elle manages to get into Harvard Law School, but this is only the beginning as she strives to prove her worth to Warner, her professors, her fellow students, and even herself. All the while dressed in pink and with her Chihuahua Bruiser by her side.

The musical takes a different direction from [[Film/LegallyBlonde the 2001 movie]]. The genre disparity between the over-the-top wacky comedy (Elle's two sorority sisters, the "bend and snap" scene) and the more realistic comedy (almost everything else) is gone. "Bend and Snap" as a big dance number fits right in in a musical full of big dance numbers. In fact, the bend-and-snap is made into an actual plot point, replacing the mind-bending "designer shoes" plot point from the film. Minor characters are dropped in exchange for expanding the current cast. The musical version's Emmett has a real give-and-take relationship with Elle, Kate's character is expanded as she helps Elle get into Harvard law, the Delta Nu sorority is more diverse, and Brooke Taylor Wyndham seemed like an actual fitness enthusiast capable of making her empire instead of being just a glamorous Barbie doll. Warner and Elle did their undergrad at UCLA as opposed to the fictional CULA.

The original Broadway musical aired on Creator/{{MTV}} a month after production and managed to win one and get nominated for several awards. Some viewers consider it an improvement over the film, while most consider it quite good as far as musical adaptations go.
!!This musical shows examples of:
* AcademicAlphaBitch: Vivienne, at least at first. Lampshaded by Elle, who calls her "an evil preppy" at one point.
* {{Adorkable}}: Emmett is well-liked in and out of universe for this reason.
* AdaptationalDumbass: In The Musical, Elle is basically spoonfed what was her big motivational montage in the movie by Emmett, and "Chip On Your Shoulder" frames her success as Emmett's success. She doesn't even give up on Warner until after she gets the internship,
* AdaptationExpansion:
** Elle & Emmett as the groundwork for their relationship is laid over their studying during the fall semester and winter holidays. In addition, Elle has to work harder and sacrifice more in order to get the results she wants, making both the portrayal more believable and her character richer. Emmett also gets this by virtue of spending more time with Elle, helping her study and re-focusing her motivations on herself instead of trying to impress Warner. Extra points awarded as this is done out of true friendship and not in any way to try and pick her up.
** Delta Nu gets this thanks to the sorority sisters, specifically Margo, Serena & Pilar, getting more time to interact with Elle via the Greek Chorus. Kate's character is added to the Broadway version and is seen equal to all the other sisters despite being [[HollywoodNerd different from them]]. Several sisters are also sporty, most notably Brooke Wyndham who is less high glamour and more polished, sporty entrepreneur.
* AmbiguouslyGay: There's a whole number dedicated to figuring out whether the trial witness is gay, or just the sort of campy that comes along with being European. [[spoiler:Turns out ''both'' are true!]]
* AmoralAttorney: The song ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfE6Ffbd2Ls Blood in the Water]]'' could act as a description of the trope.
* ArcWords: "Love" and many variations on it.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
-->'''Emmett:''' Therefore, ''malum in se'' is?\\
'''Elle:''' An act that is evil in itself: assault, murder, [[FelonyMisdemeanor white shoes after Labor Day]].
* ArtisticLicenseUniversityAdmissions: Elle shows up at the Harvard Law admissions office while they're looking at her application to present a huge dance number and an equally huge guilt trip until they agree to accept her.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: During "Chip On My Shoulder", there's this exchange:
---> '''Emmett:''' I predict you will probably pass-\\
'''Elle:''' Yes!\\
'''Emmett:''' In the bottom percent of your class.
* TheBeard: [[spoiler:Brooke was unknowingly this to her poolboy, who claimed to be her lover to hide the fact that he was gay]].
* BetterThanSex:
--> Seeing my name in black and white
--> is like making love with you all night
--> no wait, it's so much better, hello much better
--> so-oh-'''oh'''-OH-'''[[ImmodestOrgasm OH!]]''' Much better
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' insult Gloria Steinem in front of Enid.
* BigBadEnsemble: [[AmoralAttorney Callahan]], who almost ruins Elle's attempt to be an attorney, and [[spoiler:Chutney Wyndham, the real culprit behind the Wyndham murder.]]
* BrainlessBeauty: Elle is assumed to be this, but she averts it excellently. [[spoiler:Warner leans a little closer to this trope by comparison, but downplayed in his case]].
** Margot plays this to a T, and it's ''hilarious.''
-->'''Serena:''' I don't even think [Warner]'s that hot!
-->'''Margot:''' I do!
-->'''Serena:''' Well, you're a slut!
* BrainyBrunette: Played straight with Vivienne. Elle attempts to [[InvokedTrope invoke this]] by going to the Hair Affair, only to be talked out of it by Paulette.
* BrokenBird: Paulette.
* ButchLesbian: Enid is lesbian and most definitely non-girly, with an aggressive demeanor and a fashion sense that Elle describes as "fatigue chic".
* CampGay: Carlos, [[spoiler:and his boyfriend, Nikos]]. There's a whole musical number dedicated to it.
* CheckPlease: At the end of "Serious".
* TheCheerleader: Reconstructed. Serena confirms that cheerleaders get guys by exposing themselves, but then shows how it can be a way to female empowerment, and teaches other girls to believe in themselves. Also, she's not the most promiscuous Delta Nu, to the extent she can call Margot [[PrecisionFStrike a slut]] with total impunity.
* CompositeCharacter: Vivienne, in that she takes over Professor Stromwell's role in getting Elle back to law school.
** Callahan also takes over for Stromwell, as it's his class that Elle is kicked out of for being unprepared.
* ConfusionFu: Emmet proves that Nikos is gay by asking several questions about him and the case before asking his boyfriend's name, catching him off guard.
* CoolBigSis: Paulette is this for Elle.
* DeadpanSnarker: Warner, Vivienne, Emmet and Callahan. Paulette occasionally slips into it too.
-->'''Elle:''' The Bend and Snap is 99.99% effective on straight men!\\
'''Paulette:''' (''with fake enthusiasm'') Yeah, and I've got a great track record with those!
* DevilsAdvocate: Invoked by Callahan in "There! Right There!" with Vivienne and Enid joining in. Callahan ends up playing both sides of the argument.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: So, Elle, you've gotten into Harvard Law - except that not only has Warner ''not'' taken you back, he's dating someone else. Plus you're seriously behind in reading for your classes. Now what? (Even before this, when Elle ecstatically plans to get into Harvard and immediately skips ahead to planning the wedding, one of her more academic friends pipes up with "Now can we think this through???" and points out everything Elle will need to do to succeed.)
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Okay, Chutney, we get how awkward and creepy it must be to have a stepmom young enough to be your sister, but does that really warrant ''murder!?'']]
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** The whole point of the "bend and snap." Elle and the Greek Chorus are impressed by Paulette's naturally excellent "bend and snap," and teach her how to use it to get Kyle's attention. Elle weaponizes it later, when she realizes the witness might be gay, which would make his story about having an affair with Brooke perjury. First, she tries it on said witness, and he doesn't bat an eyelid. Then, she tries it in the courtroom--and the head of every other guy (and Enid) all whip around to look.
** During "Whipped Into Shape," Enid gets distracted by Brooke's DVD. Understandable, since she's in a sports bra and workout clothes and is doing a vigorous, bouncy dance routine.
* DotingParent: Both of Elle's. Though they are at first reluctant to pay her way through law school, when they find out how determined she is to get Warner back, they agree. Later, they show up at her trial, beaming with pride.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Minor example, at least in the MTV broadcast; Vivienne slaps Warner during "There! Right There!" when he says his line, "depending on the time of day, the French go either way."
* DrillSergeantNasty: Brooke to her clients in "Whipped Into Shape."
* EarAche: The witness is dragged by his ear in "There! Right There!"
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Elle gets hers during "Omigod You Guys!", when she sees through a department store saleswoman's attempt to sell her an overpriced, out-of-style dress.
---> '''Elle:''' "It may be ''perfect'' for a blonde... but I'm not ''that'' blonde."
** Emmett being the only person at Harvard to even ''attempt'' to be nice to Elle.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Callahan, who in his first scene encouraged a student to defend a hypothetical scumbag by putting an elderly woman on the stand and insisting she's senile, and later [[spoiler:''sexually assaults'' Elle]], has this to say when Elle tells him Nikos must be gay:
---> '''Callahan:''' "You know if you're wrong, we look desperate and ''homophobic''!"
* TheExitIsThatWay: Subversion. She knows she is walking into a closet to make a dramatic costume change.
* FalseDichotomy: Callahan assumes that Nikos is either gay ''or'' European. [[spoiler:He's both.]]
* GenkiGirl: Elle, her Sorority Sisters and Brooke.
* GreekChorus: Elle's sorority sisters from UCLA. Made even better because they're a [[StealthPun Greek]] Chorus!
* HaHaHaNo: Inverted.
-->'''Serena:''' Paulette, do you know why cheerleaders always get the guy and ''keep'' the guy?\\
'''Paulette:''' Because you jump around and show your panties?\\
'''Serena:''' [=HahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA=]--''YES''! But also because we command and demand attention.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Elle harnesses this power during "Take It Like a Man" to try to help the [[UnkemptBeauty handsomely scruffy]] Emmett impress his boss before the trial. He sees himself in the mirror and promptly [[JawDrop shocks]] himself! Even the still-AlphaBitch Vivienne has to chalk one up to Elle when she sees him at the court house, and his boss is sufficiently impressed as well.
* HesGotLegs: Kyle. How the UPS allowed him to get away with shorts ''that'' short is anyone's guess.
* IAmBecomingSong: "So Much Better".
* IAmSong: "Chip on my Shoulder" is this for Emmett, at least at the start.
* IAmGreatSong: ''The Harvard Variations'', for Aaron in particular.
* {{Irony}}: Warner broke up with Elle because he perceives her as a DumbBlonde and thinks that he needs to date someone smarter and more serious. [[spoiler:At the end of the musical, it seems that ''Elle'' is actually the smarter of the two, she ends up as a successful lawyer while Warner drops out of law school and starts a career as a model instead]].
* ItsACostumePartyISwear: As in the movie, Vivian pulls this one on Elle, who arrives at a casual party in a PlayboyBunny costume. When Vivian calls Elle a skank, Elle recovers by taking someone's glasses and insisting she is dressed as an undercover Gloria Steinem and asks Vivian, loudly, if she is calling Gloria Steinem a skank. A horde of feminists descend upon Vivian as Elle exits.
* IWantSong: "What You Want," "Serious," "Chip On My Shoulder".
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Callahan. He starts off as a cold, condescending, ruthless AmoralAttorney, but when Elle manages to turn the case around, he acts warmly towards her, praising her and defending her from Warner. [[spoiler: And then, almost immediately after, he makes a move on Elle, and when she rejects him, he fires her, sending her into a HeroicBSOD.]]
* LadyDrunk: Elle's mom.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Emmett is - in succession - confused, astonished and more than a little annoyed that Elle got into Harvard Law simply to try and win back her old boyfriend. Particularly since she isn't taking full advantage of this opportunity that less privileged students would ''kill'' for.
* MeaningfulEcho: "If there ever was a perfect couple, this one qualifies."
* MeaningfulName: Emmett ''Forrest'', the romantic counterpart of Elle ''Woods''.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: From "Ireland (Reprise)":
-->'''Paulette:''' The Irish fear nothing and no one\\
They keep fightin' 'til everyone's dead\\
[[LampshadeHanging I'm not sure where this metaphor's goin']]\\
I just felt like it had to be said
* MistakenForGay: Subverted with Nikos.
* MrFanservice: Kyle. "The new UPS guy is like walking porn!"
** Warner's status as this is lampshaded a few times. [[spoiler:In the end, he becomes a model]].
** Nikos, Brooke's poolboy. His "uniform" was a red thong [[WalkingShirtlessScene and evidently nothing else]] and Brooke even admits that she [[FemaleGaze liked to check him out while he cleaned the filters]]. [[spoiler:Turns out he's gay]].
* MsFanservice: Elle, her sorority sisters and Brooke are the most obvious examples, although the point of the musical is to show that there's more to Elle than her looks. "Bend and Snap" shows that [[UnkemptBeauty Paulette]] can be this too.
* MoodWhiplash: "So Much Better" starts off with Elle in the depths of despair, only to have her go to ecstasy in approximately one second.
* {{Murder by Mistake}}: [[spoiler:The murder victim's daughter and killer confesses that she didn't kill her father on purpose; she wanted to kill Brooke]].
* TheMusical
* MusicalisInterruptus
-->'''Warner:''' ''That's why I think you and I... should break up!''\\
'''Elle:''' ''Oh baby I'll give you my hand, we--''WHAT!?
** As well as:
-->'''Emmett:''' ''Elle you should know...''\\
'''Elle:''' [[spoiler: Callahan hit on me.]]
-->'''Emmett:''' ...He ''what?''
** Also:
--> '''Chorus:''' ''Oh my god, omigod you g-''
--> '''Serena:''' ''(slams door)'' Guys, she's not here.
--> '''Chorus:''' ''(in unison)'' WHAT?!
* MythologyGag: In the film, Harvard is [[CaliforniaDoubling portrayed by UCLA]]; in the musical, Elle does undergrad at UCLA.
* NeverMyFault: Callahan acts as though he did nothing wrong after [[spoiler:''sexually harassing Elle'']] and fires her in retaliation.
* NiceGuy: Emmet and Paulette.
* NoIndoorVoice: Paulette has, or rather doesn't have, this.
* NoNameGiven: As with the movie, Callahan's first name is never revealed.
* {{Oireland}}: Where Paulette wants to live someday.
* OneTrueLove: Elle thinks Warner is this. [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready He's not.]]
* ThePerryMasonMethod: As in the movie, Elle's cross-examination of Chutney (and her superior knowledge of haircare) leads her to break down and confess.
* PetTheDog: Warner, as opposed to the movie. At the end of the movie, we learn graduated with no honors, no girlfriend and no job offer, whereas in the musical, he drops out of law school but becomes a successful model.
* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery: Immediately after he delivers a package, Paulette describes Kyle as "walking porn". His dialog and delivery sound and look like they came straight out of a porn script.
* RaceLift: The witness at the murder trial and his boyfriend. In the film, the witness is Latin and named Enrique Salvatore, while the musical's Nikos Argitakos is ostensibly Greek. Meanwhile, in the film his boyfriend is (the presumably not Latin) Chuck but in the musical it's Carlos.
** The German version has the witness as French and named Nico Chevalier, as the gag here is whether he is gay or French. His boyfriend's name is changed to ''Carlo'' as well.
* ReflexiveResponse: In "There! Right There!"
--> '''Emmett:''' So, Mr. Argitakos. This alleged affair with Ms. Wyndham has been going on for...?\\
'''Nikos:''' Two years.\\
'''Emmett:''' And your first name again is...?\\
'''Nikos:''' Nikos.\\
'''Emmett:''' And your boyfriend's name is...?\\
'''Nikos:''' Carlos. ''(the courtroom reacts in shock/"I knew it!")'' [[VerbalBackspace Oh--no... no, I misunderstand!]] I thought you said ''best friend''. Carlos is my best friend.\\
'''Carlos:''' ''(stands up in the middle of the court)'' YOU BASTARD!
* RefrainFromAssuming: It's actually called "There! Right There!", not "Gay or European?", believe it or not.
** On the Cast Album anyway; the score lists it as "Gay or European?" which makes much more sense.
* SadClown: Paulette is something of a comic relief character, but it's clear that a lot of her humor stems from coping with her cripplingly low self-esteem.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Warner for Elle, exemplified in ''Oh My God You Guys'' when Margot sings, "You're a perfect match because you both have such great taste in clothes!"
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Emmett and Elle.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation
* ShaggyDogStory: Brooke won't reveal the details of her alibi [[spoiler: getting liposuction, the knowledge of which she claims would kill her fitness empire]] resulting in a long and convoluted trial that nearly resulted in Elle returning home with her spirit crushed, and Brooke herself nearly sentenced to death for murder. At the end, when Elle proves that [[spoiler: Chutney killed Brooke's husband, Brooke gets lost in the heat of the moment and ecstatically declares that now "no one will need to know I had lipo on my thighs!" - in front of a crowded room of people (including reporters) thus rendering the whole reason for the trial, and everything Elle did to prove her innocent, rather pointless. The Greek Chorus reassure her that they love her anyway.]]
* ShoutOut: To ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
--> '''Emmett:''' Class of aught-five, represent!
* SidekickSong: "Ireland" is one big, bombastic excuse for Orfeh (or whoever's playing Paulette) to get up and show off.
* {{Slimeball}}: Callahan, Callahan, ''CALLAHAN''.
* SmugSnake: Callahan; he's convinced that he's the only one who can pull off Brooke's trial and smugly tells her to "enjoy prison" when she fires him. In his VillainSong he talks about all the sleazy, underhanded tactics one can use to let people [[KarmaHoudini get away scot-free]] for horrid crimes.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: One of Elle's sorority sisters can talk to Elle's chihuahua.
* StealthPun:
** A GreekChorus made up of sorority sisters?
** RefrainFromAssuming that a man with metrosexual traits is either gay or European.
* StepfordSmiler: Elle in the titular number, when she tries to pretend she's okay with returning to California and giving up, living a life of being what people expect her to be.
-->''Some girls fight hard, some face the trial, some girls were just meant to '''smile'''...''
* StrawFeminist: Enid qualifies as one. To clarify, she (albeit jokingly) considers a man who murders a nun and runs over puppies to be a "typical man".
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: Warner sees Callahan petting Elle and assumes Elle slept her way into the internship.
* TitleDrop: "I don't want to see Ratty Corduroy or Legally Blonde again today."
* TitleTheAdaptation: Legally Blonde: The Musical!
* TokenRomance: In the best sense. Elle has kicked ass and proven herself to everyone over the course of the musical. The fact that she meets a great guy who loves her for exactly who she is is just the cherry on top.
* TrainingFromHell: Brooke's workout regimen, as demonstrated in "Whipped Into Shape."
* TriumphantReprise: "Legally Blonde: Remix", sung by [[TheRival Vivienne]] of all people.
* TrueCompanions: Elle and her Sorority Sisters. And later, Elle, Emmet, Warner, Vivienne, Enid and Paulette.
* UnkemptBeauty: Emmett. Paulette qualifies to a lesser degree (she's not so much unkempt as she is lacking in a lot of confidence--hence doesn't pay a lot of attention to her looks).
* UpToEleven: The... "personal essay" portion of Elle's Harvard application. You thought that tape she used in the ''movie'' was ridiculous! Puh-''shaw!''
* UptownGirl: Elle is quite rich, knowing several celebrities and her father being able to pay for Harvard out-of-pocket, and she winds up with Emmett, who grew up in a slum and had to work two jobs to put himself through school.
* VillainSong: "Blood in the Water".
* VoiceTypes: A large part of the vocal spectrum is represented:
** Elle and Brooke - Mezzo-Soprano
** Paulete - Alto
** Vivienne and Enid - Soprano
** Warner - Tenor
** Emmett - Bari-Tenor
** Callahan - Baritone
*** Although it is worth noting that all female characters are belters.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Narrated by Paulette; [[spoiler:Enid practices family law, Vivian is training for the Peace Corps, Warner quit and became a model, Callahan ran for governor but lost and his wife left him, hiring Emmet to handle their divorce, Paulette married Kyle and had two kids (plus one more on the way) and has a new salon]]. During this, Elle [[spoiler:graduated valedictorian and proposed to Emmet who accepted]].
* WorldOfHam: If every single member of the cast is not playing this to the hilt, that cast is doing it wrong. This then makes "Legally Blonde" all the more heartwrenching, as Emmett and Elle drop all the hamminess.
* YouGetMeCoffee: Callahan does this to Warner.
* YouJustToldMe: See ReflexiveResponse.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Nikos and Carlos, on account of being European. Somewhat justified for Carlos because it's in song and proper English phrasing would break meter.
-->'''Carlos:''' ''This man is gay '''and''' European!\\
And neither is disgrace.\\
You've got to stop\\
You're being a completely closet case!''