I’ve seen Legally Blonde (the film) more times than I can remember. I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to catch the show on stage.
With music and lyrics by Laurence O’ Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and a book by Heather Hach, Legally Blonde the musical is based on the novel by A. Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. The musical won the Olivier award for best new musical in 2010.
The story tells of Elle Woods, a Californian fashion merchandising student who is unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntington III. Warner has been accepted at Harvard and is looking for a more “serious” girlfriend, one more suited to become the wife of a Lawyer.
Determined to win Warner back, accompanied by her little dog Bruiser, Elle gains entry into Harvard where she initially struggles to fit in. However, this light-hearted musical does have a happy ending, as Elle against all the odds, finds success, whilst remaining true to herself.
Director Anthony Williams has created the bold, brash, bright, colourful – mainly pink world of Elle Woods perfectly. Choreography by Anthony Williams and co-choreographer Dean Street is slick and delivered with precision and energy by the talented ensemble; particularly in the number Whipped into shape, an energetic aerobics routine complete with glow in the dark skipping ropes. There is energy, talent, skill and ability in this touring cast.
This production is full of catchy musical numbers brought to life by musical director James McCullagh and the seven-piece orchestra.
Rita Simons delivers an extremely strong performance as the funny, loveable Paulette. Her voice is incredible, with a unique tone. We really enjoyed her delivery of the song Ireland.
David Barrett gives a strong performance as Emmett Forrest. His brilliant vocal ability and excellent chemistry with Lucie Jones made the audience fall in love with his character.
I have such affection for Reese in the film that I am always apprehensive on whether someone can deliver the iconic role of Elle Woods to the same standard. I had no reason to be apprehensive with Lucie cast in the role of Elle, Woods.
Lucie Jones is outstanding as the sassy, warm Elle. Lucie matched my expectations and more. She has a beautiful voice and surprised us with her excellent comedic timing. Lucie delivered me the Elle that I wanted and for me she did not disappoint.
Fans of the movie will enjoy this musical. For me, it was a nostalgia trip and I enjoyed every minute. Legally Blonde is a thoroughly enjoyable, vibrant production that is full of energy and packed full of laughs. Not to mention the adorable dogs that steal the show!
We found ourselves laughing, smiling and ready to Bend and snap our way out of the theatre.
Legally blonde runs at the New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham from the 21st – 26th May before continuing on it’s UK tour.
Theatretastic rating 5/5:
We say: “This production of Legally Blonde delivered with its high energy, sass and wit. Talented Lucie Jones is the cherry on top of a large pink cake with her portrayal of Elle!”