Legally Blonde The Musical
8th- 16th July 2011
Author: Amanda Brown
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Producer: The Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd.
Cast Includes: Faye Brookes, Iwan Lewis, Dave Willetts, Liz McClaron and Neil Toon.
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins
This production simply oozes professionalism, once it starts you feel as though you have been transported to London’s West End. From the opening scene the production states its claim as a sassy, fun musical with attitude and it doesn’t fail to deliver. With clever musical arrangements, catchy verses, incredible singers and an unstoppable energy, a brilliant night is guaranteed from the start. The story line from the film remains the framework for this production, but is enhanced by skillfully crafted scenes - the prime example of this being the prison scene. Elle Woods (played by Faye Brookes) goes to visit the defendant Brooke Wyndham (played by Hannah Grover) in prison to discuss the case. The scene simultaneously shows Brooke’s history, as well as the legal team including Elle discussing the case - the two then merge as they meet face to face in prison. Due to the detail and depth of the plot in scenes like this, our interest is captured and held throughout the performance, creating genuine empathy towards the characters.
The cast led by Faye Brookes as Elle Woods is fantastic; their voices are well suited to the music and never falter. The Greek chorus made up of Elle’s friends is hilarious as they pop in and out of scenes adding real humor. ‘Bend and Snap’ will be a firm favorite whether you’re a devout fan of the film or a newcomer to the world of Elle and Buster. Elle’s friends led by Micha Richardson as Pilar demonstrate to Paulette (Liz McClaron) the sure fire way to get any man’s attention. This scene and its choreography will have the whole audience in hysterics and possibly even send you home trying the bend and snap! The choreography keeps each scene full of energy, grabbing your attention with moves that are intricate and on a scale that leaves no room for error.
‘Take it like a man’ featuring Iwan Leiws as Emmett Forrest (Elle’s mentor and friend) is an example of the innovative and stylish set design that makes this performance stand out. The backdrops are simple while the set pieces create the scene perfectly without taking an age to position. The stage feels like it is a totally different space with each scene.
The final courtroom scene ‘There! Right There!’ is even more hilarious for British audience than for the American one that it was written for with the song ‘Gay or European?’ This is the story having a laugh at its own expense.
This production was flawless from start to finish, it fully delivers on its promise to give you an evening of superb entertainment. Every scene has that quality finish and glitz to be expected of a show of this calibre. This is a show I could see again and again.
Nina Lloyd Jones
See also: Legally Blonde review 2012