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Review: Legally Blonde – The Musical

The pink over the top musical  adaptation of the 2001 chick-flick Legally Blonde came to the Regent Theatre this week

If you’re not familiar, the film stars Reese Witherspoon who plays the lead Elle Woods.
Following a break-up, Elle battles to gain admittance to Harvard Law School in the hope of re-igniting her relationship.

The musical adaptation had received a great response in the London’s West End and now is on the road.

Elle was played by Lucie Jones who’d been an X-Factor contestant in 2009 and the UK’s Eurovision entrant in 2017. Jones gave a pitch-perfect performance as the legal eagle in waiting. Her fantastic comic timing was beautifully matched with her emotional range.

Rita Simons was cast in the role of Paulette Bonafonté, an Irish obsessed beautician that Elle befriends on a salon visit.

Simons vocals blew us away, and her performance of Ireland had the entire audience mesmerised.

The show is cram packed with original numbers with a tongue-in-cheek streak running throughout it.

A real highlight of the show was Brooke Wyndham who is the suspect in the murder trial. Brooke, played by Helen Petrovna, is one fit and energetic girl! We were gob-smacked watching her perform the song Whipped Into Shape, all while carrying out an incredibly complex skipping rope routine

As well as the human cast a special nod must go to the four-legged cast members. Elle’s canine companion, Bruiser, raised lots of “oohs and ahhs” during his performance and Paulette was joined on stage by Rufus, a rescue dog, that is played by a local dog in each theatre the show visits. At the Regent Theatre, a lovable bulldog called Chester stole the hearts of the audience, even more so with his sheepish arrival for the final-bow!

Legally Blonde is at the Regent Theatre, Hanley, until Saturday 17th March 2018.
Tickets can be booked by visiting the theatre’s website on www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/

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