Chico the Chihuahua, the perky, 7-pound star of Broadway’s 2007 “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” mentioned his last bowwow on Monday.
As Bruiser, Chico spent greater than a decade in touring and regional productions earlier than retiring two years in the past. He was 14 and residing along with his proprietor/coach, Invoice Berloni, in Connecticut with 10 different small canines when he handed away.
“He was positively the alpha canine,” Berloni instructed The Publish. “His pastime was bossing all people round.”
Berloni was on the prowl for the present’s Bruiser when he discovered the feisty Chihuahua at a Newark, NJ, pound. Younger, abused and aggressive, Chico was slated to be euthanized.
“He’s a biter,” the pound’s director instructed him. “He’s not proper for present enterprise.” Undaunted, Berloni leashed him up and took him for a stroll. After they handed a parked tractor-trailer truck that began up with a hiss, Chico bit its tire.
“On the finish of the road, he sat there and regarded at me as if to say, ‘You gotta get me out of right here, buddy,’ ” recalled Berloni, who took Chico house, hoping to rehabilitate him. However the “Legally Blonde” director and stars swiftly fell in love with Chico, who went on to carry out in all however a couple of of the present’s 595-performance run.
His key scene got here early on, when his barked replies helped Annaleigh Ashford’s character Margot observe down the fashion-loving Elle Woods:
Margot: She’s trapped within the Previous Valley mill?!!
Margot: Oh, sorry, the Previous Valley MALL.
Berloni mentioned Chico had a latest, bittersweet reunion with Ashford and a number of other of his different co-stars.
“When Annaleigh mentioned her line, he did his bark,” Berloni says. “We had been all in tears . . .
“All people who received to know him in the end went out and received a canine. He helped save plenty of little guys.”
Donations in Chico’s title could be made to the Sandy Fund at the Humane Society of New York, 306 E. 59th St., NY, NY 10022. Named for Sandy, the rescue-dog star of the musical “Annie,” the fund advantages homeless animals.