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Legally Blonde the Musical
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Legally Blonde the Musical
Date: 17/10/11, updated on 17/10/11 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Catchy tunes
Disadvantages: overload on the pink?
This is the musical adaptation of the 2001 comedy film Legally Blonde staring Reese Witherspoon, who stars as the lead character, blonde lawyer-to-be Elle Woods.
Quick plot summery time without giving too much away - I hope! Elle Woods our hero, is you typical L.A. ditsy blonde who lives in a very pink world. She is head over heels in love with boyfriend Warner and thinks a proposal is on the cards. Little does she know but Warner decides it's time to get serious eyeing up a career in law and politics and decides Elle doesn't quite fit the role of future wife. So Warner heads off to Harvard to train to become a lawyer. Elle is naturally heartbroken and vows to win him over by following him and enrolling on the law course, which isn't a smooth ride. She is so determined she misses out on all the usual parties she goes to and study's hard and eventually realises her goal and gains a place at Harvard. Life at college is hard and Elle has to put up with a lot of anti-blonde stereotypes, but through sheer true grit and determination and with a little help by new found friend and slightly geeky guy Emmet, and an unlikely friend in Paulette the hairdresser overcomes adversity and triumphs in a big court case involving an ex fitness star. Sprinkle this with a little bit of sexual harassment from her tutor and the eventual happy ending and you have a fabulous story.
So how does this translate into a musical, well its big, bright and in your face from the word go. The music is great and ranging from the comedic songs such as "serious" to the heart wrenching balladry powerhouse "Ireland" which is sung by Paulette the hairdresser. The music is general musical fayre, but in a good way. There are proper toe tapping numbers which are crowd pleasers but all the songs are of a high quality and I can't remember disliking any of them, which for me is unusual.
The Savoy Theatre stage isn't the biggest, and the set therefore isn't vast. Saying that though it is staged well and it is a visually feast for the eyes, though generally in a shade of pink with added glitter thrown in.
I must admit I did see it a while ago when Sheridan Smith was Elle and Richard Fleeshman was Warner. Both as well as the whole cast put in a great performance, and looking at theatre forums online, the current cast are continuing the strong performances that there has been throughout all of this run.
On its first outing on Broadway it didn't do as well, but it seems to have found a comfortable home over here. It is playing at the Savoy Theatre, which can be found right outside the main entrance of the Savoy Hotel on The Strand. It's a nice little theatre but the entrance can get very crowded before the show starts. Tickets range from £29-£65, but her are deals to be had online, at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square and on the day at the Theatre itself, so shop around. The shows website is http://www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk. Nearest train and tube is Charring Cross and Embankment.
Go and see this show, though be prepared for the pinkness!
Summary: A g;ittery show, full of comedy and fun
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