Legally Blonde and Broadway's Girl Appeal

They fell hard for Wicked. Now musicals and tweens are, like omigod, so in love

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Victoria Goldsmith stands with friends during the intermission of Legally Blonde, The Musical, in New York City on April 14, 2007. Recent Broadway openings are attracting a young crowd of teens and tweens.

"What's the story, morning glory? / What's the word, hummingbird?" That was Broadway teen talk back in the early '60s, when the high school kids in Bye Bye Birdie gossiped about their friends in a game of telephone tag. More than 40 years later, another band of gossipy girls is peeking out of another set of windows on a Broadway stage. How far have we advanced? Well, the kids are in a college sorority now, and the squeals of excitement--and the title of the opening song--have evolved into dumbed-down Valley-speak: Omigod You Guys!

The show is Legally Blonde: The Musical, based...

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