For the love of pink… Legally Blonde takes tongue-in-cheek to another level but you will love it all the same
Legally Blonde needs little introduction. Most women over the age of 25 will be firm fans of the 2001 box office hit starring Reese Witherspoon in her heyday as the pink-clad sorority girl, Elle Woods, who embarks on a journey of self discovery at none other than Harvard Law School. Following her heart, and her ex-boyfriend, Warner Huntington the Third, she hopes to prove just how ‘serious’ she can be by pursuing a law degree.
Add to that a critically acclaimed West End production, which ran for over two years at London’s Savoy Theatre, with Sheridan Smith successfully shedding her tomboy image to bring the role of Elle to life on stage, and an original Broadway production, it has achieved phenomenal success.
Now it’s the turn of X Factor finalist, Lucie Jones to dust off that brilliant pink Birkin handbag and bend and snap us into an excessively girly megamix of fluffy pillows, finger-clicking affirmations and a whole load of pink confetti.
Armed with a wardrobe of inappropriate law school outfits, the cutest little Chihuahua, and her friend and confidante, Paulette Bonafonte, played by Eastenders actress, Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell), she does not disappoint.
Legally Blonde was born out of the experiences of real-life ‘Elle’ and original writer, Amanda Brown, who, just like the fictional character, was blonde and attended law school (Stanford Law to be exact, chosen because of its proximity to a mall) and she too felt the stares and sniggers from her peers, penning it all down in a journal.
A wonderful script, toe-tappingly good music and lyrics that are both ingeniously funny and daringly on-the-line, the musical version is fun, feel-good and definitely worth seeing.
Directed and choreographed by Anthony Williams and co-choreographed by Dean Street, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, this production throws you into a fluffy vortex (willingly or not), only to come out the other side two hours later with a smile on your face and probably a permanent pink stain on your heart. It’s hard not to enjoy it.
Lucie Jones looked comfortable in her role as ‘blonde’ Elle; we were hooked on her performance by nifty one-liners, highly pitched squeals and ditsy moves, and an incredible American accent, you’ll forget she’s actually a Welsh-lass underneath it all. And wow what a voice.
Rita Simons gets rid of any hard Mitchell remnants from her Eastenders days and is positively stunning as the hopelessly insecure hairdresser, Paulette Bonafonte. For such a petite lady, her voice is unbelievable and she showed both comedy genious and raw emotion- especially during the ‘Ireland’ song.
Emmerdale and Coronation Street heart throb, Bill Ward does well as the hard-nosed professor too, as does David Barrett as Elle’s biggest supporter, Emmett Forrest, but the girls stole the show – as did Rufus the Bulldog – Paulette’s canine companion. Local dog, Chester was chosen to star in the show following a talent search in the run up to the show.
This is camp humour and sophisticated slapstick at its finest – hair is bouffant, pink is everywhere and it’s perfectly flamboyant. Like, totally go and see it, you guys!
Legally Blonde the Musical is on at The Regent, Stoke-on-Trent until Saturday 17th March 2018. Tickets are available from The Regent Theatre Box Office, or by calling 0844 871 7649.