I admit that I’m not the fan of musicals I once was (opening scene of The Sound of Music excepted for its obvious comic richness), and I’ve kind of fallen off romantic comedies as well and left chick lit completely in the dust. But there’s a four-legged reason I might be willing to go against type and pony up for some front-row seats to Legally Blonde, the Musical.
That reason (drum roll, please) is none other than Chico the Chihuahua, the first animal to land a “speaking” role on Broadway. Playing the part of Bruiser, Chico made his debut in January 2007, and in the course of more than 200 shows, has never forgotten a line.
The opening scene of the movie-inspired musical showcases the essence of Chico’s role. In the midst of searching for the main character, Elle Woods, a gaggle of sorority sisters fires a series of questions at Chico, who barks back in perfect timing. The thespian pooch steals the show in seven scenes total, while his Bulldog costar, named Chloe, assumes the role of Rufus in two animal-centric scenes.
So even if the Reese Witherspoon look-alike freezes and breaks both high heels, the show will still go on marvelously with Chico in tow—at least for those of us waiting in line to get his paw print after the curtain closes.